Boone joins Meatless Mondays movement
by Anna Oakes
Boone is now one of many communities around the world to promote "Meatless Mondays" with the adoption of a resolution Feb. 21.
The Boone Town Council resolved to "support the Meatless Monday Movement to raise awareness about health benefits to individuals and the environment and by encouraging residents to explore meatless options to their diets."
Local resident Eva Rand and several other citizens appeared before the council Feb. 21 to request adoption of the resolution.
The resolution cites studies that link meat production and consumption with greenhouse gas emissions and greater risks for obesity, cardiovascular disease, some types of cancers and antibiotic-resistant infections.
The Meatless Monday campaign launched in 2003 in association with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Other cities to support Meatless Mondays include Los Angeles, Annapolis, Md., San Francisco, Arlington, Va., Oneida, N.Y., and Washington, D.C. Baltimore City Public Schools began a systemwide Meatless Monday program in 2009. Similar programs exist in 23 countries.
Rand said a number of area restaurants have expressed interest in the Meatless Monday campaign as a way to showcase their vegetarian dishes, including Mint, Hob Nob Farm Café, F.A.R.M. Café, Mellow Mushroom and the Vitality Fresh Fast Food truck.
Rand said she and other supporters also plan to approach the Appalachian District Health Department, Meals on Wheels program, Watauga County Schools, Hospitality House and area senior centers about giving free talks.
"In the case of the schools, I would want to see if they are amenable about modifying their menus to incorporate the health advantages of less meat, more plant foods," she said.
In other action, the council:
• agreed to place the consideration of a resolution opposing the death penalty on the regular meeting agenda in March;
• discussed an amendment to the town's lease of property to the Garden Club of North Carolina to account for the recent incorporation of its local affiliate, the Daniel Boone Native Gardens; and
• received an update from ABC board Chairman Ronnie Holste about ABC revenues and plans to expand the Boone ABC store.