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Baltimore Gets It Done, 'It' Being Animal Rights and Healthy Eating. Not Football... Today, Anyway.

Baltimore Gets It Done, 'It' Being Animal Rights and Healthy Eating. Not Football... Today, Anyway.

I was driving on home today, listening to some NPR, when I heard this adorably terrific story. Adorable because I love Baltimore. Terrific because I love seeing vegetarianism being promoted. Together, it means I just love Baltimore even more.

Tony Geraci, the Food and Nutrition Director in Baltimore, would like to see Baltimore kids eating less junk food, and more of things that aren’t quite as… you know, invented in a lab with all sorts of sugar involved, or things which didn’t have lots of hormones pumped into them. So far there’s been a lot of effort to bring in more Maryland-grown produce. Now, Baltimore has started having Meatless Mondays. They are, I believe, the first school system to do so in the nation. That’s fucking right. It wasn’t San Francisco, or somewhere in New England, or Montgomery County. I love those places. But I am really excited that Baltimore did it first. It reminds me of why they paint “Greatest City in America” all over those benches.

It’s just utterly thrilling. They’re exposing 80,000 kids to healthy choices. They’re providing them with information about why what we eat matters, and why the method in which we grow and/or raise our food is important. This is happening in a city in which poverty and unhealthy eating is an epidemic. People in Park Heights cannot afford to go to Whole Foods even if there was one nearby. At the very fucking least, children can have something healthier offered to them besides burgers and whatever that stuff they put on pizza is, since God knows it’s not actually sausage or pepperoni. Yeah, Baltimore. Yeah.

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