Starting in September, New York city's 1.1 million school students will eat vegetarian meals on "Meatless Mondays," Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Monday.
"Cutting back on meat a little will improve New Yorkers' health and reduce greenhouse gas emissions," Democrat de Blasio said.
The program, which began in 15 Brooklyn schools almost a year ago with vegetarian breakfasts and lunches on Mondays, will be extended to the whole massive school system.
"Reducing our appetite for meat is one of the single biggest ways individuals can reduce their environmental impact on our planet," said Mark Chambers, Director of the NYC Mayor's Office of Sustainability.
Hundreds of public schools in San Francisco and other California jurisdictions have already offered their students a "meatless Monday."
A new Democratic bill in California even proposes offering state students a vegan choice.