NYC Mayor Eric Adams, who has followed a plant-based diet since 2016, has confirmed March 20 will once again be the official MeatOut Day
Eric Adams has proclaimed March 20 as MeatOut Day for the second year running, for all of New York City and its 8.8 million residents.
Established in 1985 by Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM), the initiative calls on New Yorkers to refrain from eating animal products for a whole day.
It aims to ‘raise awareness of the benefits of a plant-based diet‘ for our health, the environment and animal welfare.
‘Take animals off our plates’
In a statement sent to Vegan Food & Living, Eric Lindstrom of FARM said: “As someone who was born in Queens, I am proud of this proclamation.
“The advances Mayor Adams has made toward a plant-based future, and Vegan Fridays in New York City schools, align perfectly with our mission and the mission of MeatOut. Let’s take animals off our plates.”
Why Eric Adams went plant-based
Adams has been eating plant-based since 2016 after he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
He often speaks out about the health benefits of a meat-free diet and became the first plant-based mayor for NYC back in 2021.
“Throughout the campaign… I’ve spoken repeatedly about my health journey,” the politician said.
“After adopting a plant-based diet, I was able to reverse my type 2 diabetes, which changed not only the trajectory of my life, but also my career as a public servant.
“I am now committed to spreading that message and empowering New Yorkers in every zip code to lead a healthy lifestyle.”
Find out how you can take part in MeatOut Day here.
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