Since 2003, people around the world have chosen to “go meatless” on Mondays. But were you aware that decades ago Americans were asked by the President to forgo meat on TWO days of the week?
Thanks to the New York Times Learning Network’s On this Day blog for this blast from the past:
On October 5, 1947, President Truman, in the first televised White House address, called on all Americans to refrain from eating meat on Tuesdays and poultry and eggs on Thursdays in order to help stockpile grain for starving citizens in post-WWII Europe.
You can read the original New York Times article here.
And thanks to my husband for calling this article to my attention.
Happy Meatless Monday.
On Mondays I often blog on food, food issues, or gardening in support of Meatless Monday, one of several programs developed in the Healthy Monday project, founded in 2003 in association with Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Communications. Meatless Monday’s goal is “to help reduce meat consumption 15% in order to improve personal health and the health of our planet.”