Vegans and animal rights activists recently gained a huge victory in Mexico, after the Permanent Commission of the Congress of the Union recently passed a resolution urging the Secretariat of Public Education (SEP) and the National System for Integral Development of the Family (DIF) to serve meat-free and egg-free meals one day a week.
While one day a week may not sound like something that would drastically reduce meat consumption, the resolution is very similar to the concept of “Meatless Mondays.” The goal is to reduce and fight obesity in children. Unfortunately, a large population of Mexican kids are considered fat or obese.
The effort is led by Deputy Jesus Valencia Guzman of the Party of the Democratic Revolution, and is applauded and supported by Come Consciente, who is MFA’s health-focused food policy program in Mexico.
“We look forward to making this resolution a reality by working with schools and DIF chapters across Mexico to improve the health of children and families by committing to serving meat-and-egg-free meals one day a week,” said Coral Gonzalez, food policy specialist for Come Consciente. “This one simple change will greatly improve our health and environment, and as a nonprofit program, Come Consciente is here to offer support, menu consultation, chef training, and our official seat at no cost.”
Come Consciente works with public institutions including schools, hospitals, universities, and community kitchens among other places to serve more plant-based meals in order to help improve our health and protect the environment.
Many others applaud Mexico’s move, as the vegan diet definitely helps improve health by lowering blood pressure rates and preventing certain cancers, diabetes and heart disease. The path to a healthier childhood and life is, with no doubt, veganism.