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Score one for idealistic vegetarian policy wonks: San Francisco
’s SF Examiner
reported Tuesday that the city Board of Supervisors unanimously approved legislation denoting each Monday as “meat-free.”
The legislation is fairly toothless, merely asking “all restaurants, grocery stores and schools to offer a greater variety of plant-based options to improve the health of San Francisco residents and visitors and to increase the awareness of the impact a green diet would be on our planet.” It doesn’t authorize Citizen Burger Arrests or anything. But there’s still been a fair amount of blowback. Brock Keeling of irascible San Francisco metro blog SFist
points out that San Francisco is already heavily frosted with vegetarian restaurants, farmers’ markets, hippies, and vegetarian tasting menus: “Who in this city needs to learn about alternatives to meat? No one, that’s who. Absurd. This is like, say, passing a Gay Bar Tuesdays resolution.”
Hey, I think I voted for that Gay Bar Tuesday resolution in 2000. But it was overshadowed by the “get out the vote” effort for Weed Wednesdays.
Anyhoo, many have made merry at the SF Board of Supes’ expense, including Grub Street, which calls SF the “laughing stock of the cattle industry.” The AP passed off the legislation as “another one of those ‘only in San Francisco’ initiatives that many forget about soon after passage.” The owner of the House of Prime Rib in San Francisco huffed and puffed about the nanny state on the news. But really, it’s high time something was done. San Francisco’s decision to designate a meatless day of the week lags months behind the veggie Thursdays adopted by Ghent. GHENT! A city known mostly for a treaty!