Meatless Mondays in Quezon City


Cut your meat intake and add years to your life.

This is the message that Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista wants to impart to three million residents as he threw his support behind a city council resolution urging restaurant owners to adopt “Meatless Mondays” and help promote the consumption of vegetables and other healthy food at least once a week.

The council resolution calls for a “Luntiang Lunes (Green Monday),” QC’s version of a Meatless Monday, patterned after a similar advocacy in the United States, in a bid to improve the nutritional intake of city residents.

Meatless Monday is an idea pioneered by the US Food Administration during World War I.

Reintroduced as a public health awareness campaign in the US in 2003, Meatless Monday addresses the prevalence of preventable illnesses associated with excessive meat consumption.

Councilor Jessica Castelo Daza, author of the resolution, noted that there is a need to strengthen food security and minimize environmental problems attributed to livestock production.

If every QC resident would leave out meat for one day every week for one whole year, this would translate to a significant reduction in one’s carbon footprint and would help save precious resources like trees, water and fossil fuel, according to Daza.

“It is like taking 12,800 cars off the road or having 107 million trees planted and grown for 10 years,” she said.

The QC government started its Meatless Monday advocacy with the approval of Resolution SP-5596 in 2012, which enjoins all City Hall employees, public schools and all barangay (villages) to consume vegetables and other non-meat food every Monday.

Daza, a medical doctor by profession, said studies have shown that Filipinos are one of the world’s lowest per capita consumers of vegetables, with only 39 kilos per year.

Based on a report by the American Dietetic Association, reduced meat consumption decreases the risk of various health problems.

Thus, going meatless even for just one day per week may reduce one’s risk of chronic degenerative diseases and conditions, including obesity, hypertension, diabetes and some types of cancer.


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  1. Or how about those times when you felt so unpretty that even your best outfit
    can’t lift your mood. As for actually carrying out the diet,
    here is one large difficulty – many people begin to want to eat
    or drink stuff that tastes good. You are more than willing to
    be energetic but your body is not just up to it.

  2. Very good! We like the proposal of Meatless Monday!!! People in the beginning would really oppose on this proposal, but in the end we hope that QC residents in general will learn to appreciate the benefits of resting our bellies from consuming dead bodies at least once in a week! Two thumbs up!!! Mabuhay kayo Bistek and Ms. Daza!

  3. Do you remember a movie called ‘Demolition Man’ with Sylvester Stallone. In the distant future, government dictated everything we did on the assumption that they knew what was best for us. So there was only one restaurant left in the whole country/world: Pizza Hut (or Taco Bell depending on which version you watched.) The food itself was pill concentrates, as I recall. Bautista’s idea may be healthier, but as the movie points out, government control should only go so far before it becomes dystopia.

    t should be pointed out that the comparison to World War One is invalid because the belliegerent nations were reduced to wartime rationing.

  4. kalderetangkambing on

    Ang mayayaman, “health conscious”, sanay sa karne–eh di bawasan.
    Ang mahihirap, undernourished at malnourished, bihirang mamantikaan ng karne ang mga labi.
    Damay ba ang mga karinderya?
    Paano na ang mga umaasa sa lokal na produksyon ng karne?

  5. So now you’re dictating to us QC residents what we should be eating? If this is passed i would say about half the restaurants and carinderia all over QC will be closed on Mondays. Kawawa naman ang mga empleyado ng gobyerno. Pati pag kain nila dinidikta ni Bistek at ni vice mayor.

  6. The mayor says “cut your meat intake and add years to your life”. It would be accurate to say “cut your meat intake (during growth years) and subtract inches from your height”.
    The mayor’s well-meaning advice is years out of date. Ignore it.