VICTORY! New Policy Requires LA County to Purchase More Plant-Based Foods

Breaking news! The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors just voted to approve a new policy that requires the county to promote plant-based eating and purchase more plant-based foods and fewer animal-based foods. 

Over the past year, Mercy For Animals worked closely with county supervisor Lindsey P. Horvath on a policy to help mitigate the effects of climate change and spare animals a life of suffering in the food system. Mercy For Animals also met with county departments; consulted relevant experts; and partnered with the Center for Biological Diversity, Greener by Default, and other organizations to help create the policy.

Under the new law, the county must update its nutritional standards to incorporate best practices for purchasing, selling, and serving more plant-based foods and identify ways county departments can increase plant-based food purchasing and decrease purchasing of animal-based foods. The law has the potential to spare countless animals, promote public health, and address environmental harms associated with industrial animal agriculture. 

The Los Angeles County Department of Health Services will also take the first step toward collecting data on food the department purchases to estimate its greenhouse gas emissions.

When institutions reduce their food-related emissions, they often replace the most carbon-intensive animal products, like beef and dairy, with chicken and fish, inadvertently leading to more animal suffering. But by securing policies that reduce all animal-based foods governments purchase and increase plant-based ones, we can have a bigger impact and help more animals.

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