In a never ending push to get his own thoughts instigated as law, Democratic New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio has started a fight against his latest rival: meat.
As from next spring, 15 schools in Brooklyn will no longer be serving any meat on ‘Meatless Mondays’, a measure which is already upsetting some students and their parents alike.
Instead, these schools are getting ‘excited’ about "spinach wraps," "crispy tofu," and "tofu and noodles."
"Cutting back a little on meat will help make our city healthier and our planet stronger for generations to come," Mayor De Blasio commented "First Lady Chirlane McCray and I are excited to participate in Meatless Mondays at home, and we thank Borough President Adams for leading the charge behind this healthy and sustainable initiative."
"Even if you had a bacon, egg, and cheese this morning, you still should want to see more and more of our diets go to a plant-based approach."
Not all students seem to agree with the New York mayor though.
Eight-year-old Gavin Garcia, a student at the PS 1 school which will change to vegetarian lunches on Mondays next year, was asked if he and his friends were pleased with the initiative: "No. They don't like vegetables," was his response.
Ms Evie Maldonado, a mother who has several kids going to the said school, wasn’t impressed either: "I wasn't that happy because some kids like meat."
Although it is agreed upon that plant based diets are beneficial for adults, food scientists warn at the same time that vegetarian and certainly vegan diets can be quite harmful to children.
Mr Lindsay Allen, professor at the University of California claims that a vegan diet for children is simply "unethical."
"Meat provides a concentrated source of essential micronutrients such as zinc, vitamin B12, calcium, iron and vitamin A, which cannot easily be obtained solely from plant foods," Professor Allen said.