L.A. Councilman: Vegan options should come to city-owned venues

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Vegan entrees at Los Angeles-owned venues? It’s more likely than you’d think, according to City Councilman Paul Koretz, who called on Wednesday for at least one vegan protein option at movie theaters, large-scale venues, airport restaurants and concession stands.

“I want to make it easier for us to do better around the city, as well as provide more options for people who are already following a plant-based diet,” Koretz said during a news conference at City Hall.

Koretz cited several studies that found negative impacts the meat and dairy industry has on the environment, including a University of Oxford study that found if more people in the United States adopted plant-based eating it could cut greenhouse-gas emissions from food sources by 70 percent.

Koretz said a motion will need to be examined by the City Attorney’s Office, but he believes the move would be legal. The law would not apply to privately owned restaurants, Koretz also said.

“We have banned plastic bags in supermarkets, and we give out three billion fewer plastic bags, and it has dramatically impacted the cleanliness of our rivers and waterways,” he said.

During the news conference, Koretz said that climate change would incur a “terrifying cost,” both in terms of finance and in lives lost. Introducing more vegan options was a quick, but important step toward mitigating those costs, the councilman said.

“We have to do so much more, and we have to do it right now,” Koretz said.

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