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New York City Lawmakers Look to Ban Processed Meats From Public School Lunches

New York City Lawmakers Look to Ban Processed Meats From Public School Lunches

One agency has classified such items as Group 1 carcinogens

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Cold cut sandwiches with processed meats might not always be on school lunch menus.

Local lawmakers want the New York City school system to cut the baloney when it comes to school lunches. Processed lunch meat may soon be banned from menus in an attempt to litigate healthier choices for children at public schools.

The City Council is considering Resolution 238, a proposal some are calling “Ban the Baloney” (despite the fact that no baloney is currently served in local schools). The motion was inspired by Brooklyn Borough president Eric Adams, who has already successfully implemented school lunch initiatives such as “Meatless Mondays” in certain Brooklyn public schools, touting the healthfulness of plant-based options over typical meat-heavy lunch choices like hot dogs and sloppy Joes.

“We cannot continue feeding our children substances that are scientifically proven to increase their chances of cancer later in life,” Adams told a meeting of the City Council on March 22. “Hot dogs and ham sandwiches are in the same class of substances as cigarettes. We know that we would never give our children cigarettes to smoke, so there’s absolutely no reason why we should continue poisoning our children’s health with processed meats.”

It’s true that processed meats are far from a health food. The World Health Organization (WHO) classifies processed meats as a Group 1 carcinogen, meaning “there is convincing evidence that the agent causes cancer.” However, the WHO notes on their website that being classified in the same group as tobacco smoking and asbestos “does NOT mean that they are all equally dangerous.”

“The IARC classifications describe the strength of the scientific evidence about an agent being a cause of cancer, rather than assessing the level of risk,” the WHO says.

Adams's resolution reports that around 950,000 meals are served to students by the city's Department of Education every day. Many of the items served contain processed meats, baloney not included.

“Neither bacon or baloney is served in schools,” Olivia Lapeyrolerie, deputy press secretary for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, told The Daily Meal. “This Administration is committed to providing all our students with free healthy and nutritious meals.”

Lapeyrolerie confirmed that de Blasio’s office is weighing the proposal.

Processed meats have long been considered a health risk for adults and children alike, according to some studies. These foods, on the other hand, may not be as cancerous as some people think.


The Healthcare Industry Will Go Completely Vegan, If These Doctors Have Anything to Do With It

In an unprecedented victory, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM)&mdasha nonprofit that advocates for disease prevention through diet&mdashsuccessfully ended the animal testing requirement in the American medical school curriculum. With Neal Barnard, MD (whose 18th book, The Cheese Trap, was released this year) at its helm, the organization is changing an industry that, when it comes to the links between animal products and the diseases responsible for the majority of deaths in this country, is filled with ignorance. Comprised of medical professionals, PCRM&rsquos recent successes are proof that the archaic practice of animal testing is nearly over, and institutional awareness of the lifesaving power of a well-planned vegan diet is on its way in. From closing animal labs to opening plant-based medical facilities, one thing is for sure: with PCRM on the movement&rsquos side, the future looks bright for animals and humans. Here are 10 ways this revolutionary organization&mdashnamed the Editor&rsquos Pick in the 2017 VegNews Veggie Awards&mdashare changing the healthcare industrial complex for good.

1. The Physicians Committee successfully ended the animal testing requirement in the American medical school curriculum. This meant victory for a 31-year campaign! They closed animal labs at two prestigious universities.

2. The University of North Carolina ended the use of animals for medical training after PCRM launched a public campaign. The university also stopped the use of animals for advanced medical training at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and the use of piglets in a paramedic training course in Houston.

3. PCRM&rsquos groundbreaking Barnard Medical Center&mdashan entirely plant-based model for healthcare located in Washington, DC&mdashhas recently seen a massive expansion to meet the growing demand for vegan wellness.

4. Barnard spoke at the recent American Medical Association House of Delegates meeting, which resulted in them issuing a statement encouraging United States hospitals to remove disease-causing foods from their menus, and asking them to include plant-based meals.

5. PCRM filed a lawsuit with a few southern Californian residents to ban processed meats in school lunches, citing that school districts were violating the National School Lunch Act.

6. Seven schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District added vegan lunches to its menus in September. The initiative was supported by Pamela Anderson, Lila Copeland, and PCRM.

7. PCRM campaigned successfully to pull a California bill aimed at increasing revenues for the beef subsidy program.

8. The Physicians Committee, along with several partners, sued the government to force restoration of the US Department of Agriculture welfare database, which was shut down last February.

9. The Cleveland Clinic South Pointe Hospital ended its mandatory medical training that was conducted on live dogs at its Northeast Ohio Medical University. This was due to PCRM informing the university it would file a federal complaint, and would put up billboards pointing to the use of live animals in their program.

10. And, finally, there is nothing more mainstream than The New York Times, and no one says it better than the way they reported it in the monumental article, &ldquoThe Era of Lab Testing on Chimpanzees is Officially Over”&mdasha groundbreaking story about the chimpanzees who are now headed for sanctuaries after the NIH ceased experimentation, thanks in large to PCRM.

Jasmin Singer is the Senior Editor of VegNews Magazine, the author of the memoir Always Too Much and Never Enough, and the cohost of the Our Hen House podcast.

Love the plant-based lifestyle as much as we do ?
Get the BEST vegan recipes , travel, celebrity interviews , product picks , and so much more inside every issue of VegNews Magazine . Find out why VegNews is the world&rsquos #1 plant-based magazine by subscribing today !


The Healthcare Industry Will Go Completely Vegan, If These Doctors Have Anything to Do With It

In an unprecedented victory, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM)&mdasha nonprofit that advocates for disease prevention through diet&mdashsuccessfully ended the animal testing requirement in the American medical school curriculum. With Neal Barnard, MD (whose 18th book, The Cheese Trap, was released this year) at its helm, the organization is changing an industry that, when it comes to the links between animal products and the diseases responsible for the majority of deaths in this country, is filled with ignorance. Comprised of medical professionals, PCRM&rsquos recent successes are proof that the archaic practice of animal testing is nearly over, and institutional awareness of the lifesaving power of a well-planned vegan diet is on its way in. From closing animal labs to opening plant-based medical facilities, one thing is for sure: with PCRM on the movement&rsquos side, the future looks bright for animals and humans. Here are 10 ways this revolutionary organization&mdashnamed the Editor&rsquos Pick in the 2017 VegNews Veggie Awards&mdashare changing the healthcare industrial complex for good.

1. The Physicians Committee successfully ended the animal testing requirement in the American medical school curriculum. This meant victory for a 31-year campaign! They closed animal labs at two prestigious universities.

2. The University of North Carolina ended the use of animals for medical training after PCRM launched a public campaign. The university also stopped the use of animals for advanced medical training at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and the use of piglets in a paramedic training course in Houston.

3. PCRM&rsquos groundbreaking Barnard Medical Center&mdashan entirely plant-based model for healthcare located in Washington, DC&mdashhas recently seen a massive expansion to meet the growing demand for vegan wellness.

4. Barnard spoke at the recent American Medical Association House of Delegates meeting, which resulted in them issuing a statement encouraging United States hospitals to remove disease-causing foods from their menus, and asking them to include plant-based meals.

5. PCRM filed a lawsuit with a few southern Californian residents to ban processed meats in school lunches, citing that school districts were violating the National School Lunch Act.

6. Seven schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District added vegan lunches to its menus in September. The initiative was supported by Pamela Anderson, Lila Copeland, and PCRM.

7. PCRM campaigned successfully to pull a California bill aimed at increasing revenues for the beef subsidy program.

8. The Physicians Committee, along with several partners, sued the government to force restoration of the US Department of Agriculture welfare database, which was shut down last February.

9. The Cleveland Clinic South Pointe Hospital ended its mandatory medical training that was conducted on live dogs at its Northeast Ohio Medical University. This was due to PCRM informing the university it would file a federal complaint, and would put up billboards pointing to the use of live animals in their program.

10. And, finally, there is nothing more mainstream than The New York Times, and no one says it better than the way they reported it in the monumental article, &ldquoThe Era of Lab Testing on Chimpanzees is Officially Over”&mdasha groundbreaking story about the chimpanzees who are now headed for sanctuaries after the NIH ceased experimentation, thanks in large to PCRM.

Jasmin Singer is the Senior Editor of VegNews Magazine, the author of the memoir Always Too Much and Never Enough, and the cohost of the Our Hen House podcast.

Love the plant-based lifestyle as much as we do ?
Get the BEST vegan recipes , travel, celebrity interviews , product picks , and so much more inside every issue of VegNews Magazine . Find out why VegNews is the world&rsquos #1 plant-based magazine by subscribing today !


The Healthcare Industry Will Go Completely Vegan, If These Doctors Have Anything to Do With It

In an unprecedented victory, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM)&mdasha nonprofit that advocates for disease prevention through diet&mdashsuccessfully ended the animal testing requirement in the American medical school curriculum. With Neal Barnard, MD (whose 18th book, The Cheese Trap, was released this year) at its helm, the organization is changing an industry that, when it comes to the links between animal products and the diseases responsible for the majority of deaths in this country, is filled with ignorance. Comprised of medical professionals, PCRM&rsquos recent successes are proof that the archaic practice of animal testing is nearly over, and institutional awareness of the lifesaving power of a well-planned vegan diet is on its way in. From closing animal labs to opening plant-based medical facilities, one thing is for sure: with PCRM on the movement&rsquos side, the future looks bright for animals and humans. Here are 10 ways this revolutionary organization&mdashnamed the Editor&rsquos Pick in the 2017 VegNews Veggie Awards&mdashare changing the healthcare industrial complex for good.

1. The Physicians Committee successfully ended the animal testing requirement in the American medical school curriculum. This meant victory for a 31-year campaign! They closed animal labs at two prestigious universities.

2. The University of North Carolina ended the use of animals for medical training after PCRM launched a public campaign. The university also stopped the use of animals for advanced medical training at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and the use of piglets in a paramedic training course in Houston.

3. PCRM&rsquos groundbreaking Barnard Medical Center&mdashan entirely plant-based model for healthcare located in Washington, DC&mdashhas recently seen a massive expansion to meet the growing demand for vegan wellness.

4. Barnard spoke at the recent American Medical Association House of Delegates meeting, which resulted in them issuing a statement encouraging United States hospitals to remove disease-causing foods from their menus, and asking them to include plant-based meals.

5. PCRM filed a lawsuit with a few southern Californian residents to ban processed meats in school lunches, citing that school districts were violating the National School Lunch Act.

6. Seven schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District added vegan lunches to its menus in September. The initiative was supported by Pamela Anderson, Lila Copeland, and PCRM.

7. PCRM campaigned successfully to pull a California bill aimed at increasing revenues for the beef subsidy program.

8. The Physicians Committee, along with several partners, sued the government to force restoration of the US Department of Agriculture welfare database, which was shut down last February.

9. The Cleveland Clinic South Pointe Hospital ended its mandatory medical training that was conducted on live dogs at its Northeast Ohio Medical University. This was due to PCRM informing the university it would file a federal complaint, and would put up billboards pointing to the use of live animals in their program.

10. And, finally, there is nothing more mainstream than The New York Times, and no one says it better than the way they reported it in the monumental article, &ldquoThe Era of Lab Testing on Chimpanzees is Officially Over”&mdasha groundbreaking story about the chimpanzees who are now headed for sanctuaries after the NIH ceased experimentation, thanks in large to PCRM.

Jasmin Singer is the Senior Editor of VegNews Magazine, the author of the memoir Always Too Much and Never Enough, and the cohost of the Our Hen House podcast.

Love the plant-based lifestyle as much as we do ?
Get the BEST vegan recipes , travel, celebrity interviews , product picks , and so much more inside every issue of VegNews Magazine . Find out why VegNews is the world&rsquos #1 plant-based magazine by subscribing today !


The Healthcare Industry Will Go Completely Vegan, If These Doctors Have Anything to Do With It

In an unprecedented victory, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM)&mdasha nonprofit that advocates for disease prevention through diet&mdashsuccessfully ended the animal testing requirement in the American medical school curriculum. With Neal Barnard, MD (whose 18th book, The Cheese Trap, was released this year) at its helm, the organization is changing an industry that, when it comes to the links between animal products and the diseases responsible for the majority of deaths in this country, is filled with ignorance. Comprised of medical professionals, PCRM&rsquos recent successes are proof that the archaic practice of animal testing is nearly over, and institutional awareness of the lifesaving power of a well-planned vegan diet is on its way in. From closing animal labs to opening plant-based medical facilities, one thing is for sure: with PCRM on the movement&rsquos side, the future looks bright for animals and humans. Here are 10 ways this revolutionary organization&mdashnamed the Editor&rsquos Pick in the 2017 VegNews Veggie Awards&mdashare changing the healthcare industrial complex for good.

1. The Physicians Committee successfully ended the animal testing requirement in the American medical school curriculum. This meant victory for a 31-year campaign! They closed animal labs at two prestigious universities.

2. The University of North Carolina ended the use of animals for medical training after PCRM launched a public campaign. The university also stopped the use of animals for advanced medical training at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and the use of piglets in a paramedic training course in Houston.

3. PCRM&rsquos groundbreaking Barnard Medical Center&mdashan entirely plant-based model for healthcare located in Washington, DC&mdashhas recently seen a massive expansion to meet the growing demand for vegan wellness.

4. Barnard spoke at the recent American Medical Association House of Delegates meeting, which resulted in them issuing a statement encouraging United States hospitals to remove disease-causing foods from their menus, and asking them to include plant-based meals.

5. PCRM filed a lawsuit with a few southern Californian residents to ban processed meats in school lunches, citing that school districts were violating the National School Lunch Act.

6. Seven schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District added vegan lunches to its menus in September. The initiative was supported by Pamela Anderson, Lila Copeland, and PCRM.

7. PCRM campaigned successfully to pull a California bill aimed at increasing revenues for the beef subsidy program.

8. The Physicians Committee, along with several partners, sued the government to force restoration of the US Department of Agriculture welfare database, which was shut down last February.

9. The Cleveland Clinic South Pointe Hospital ended its mandatory medical training that was conducted on live dogs at its Northeast Ohio Medical University. This was due to PCRM informing the university it would file a federal complaint, and would put up billboards pointing to the use of live animals in their program.

10. And, finally, there is nothing more mainstream than The New York Times, and no one says it better than the way they reported it in the monumental article, &ldquoThe Era of Lab Testing on Chimpanzees is Officially Over”&mdasha groundbreaking story about the chimpanzees who are now headed for sanctuaries after the NIH ceased experimentation, thanks in large to PCRM.

Jasmin Singer is the Senior Editor of VegNews Magazine, the author of the memoir Always Too Much and Never Enough, and the cohost of the Our Hen House podcast.

Love the plant-based lifestyle as much as we do ?
Get the BEST vegan recipes , travel, celebrity interviews , product picks , and so much more inside every issue of VegNews Magazine . Find out why VegNews is the world&rsquos #1 plant-based magazine by subscribing today !


The Healthcare Industry Will Go Completely Vegan, If These Doctors Have Anything to Do With It

In an unprecedented victory, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM)&mdasha nonprofit that advocates for disease prevention through diet&mdashsuccessfully ended the animal testing requirement in the American medical school curriculum. With Neal Barnard, MD (whose 18th book, The Cheese Trap, was released this year) at its helm, the organization is changing an industry that, when it comes to the links between animal products and the diseases responsible for the majority of deaths in this country, is filled with ignorance. Comprised of medical professionals, PCRM&rsquos recent successes are proof that the archaic practice of animal testing is nearly over, and institutional awareness of the lifesaving power of a well-planned vegan diet is on its way in. From closing animal labs to opening plant-based medical facilities, one thing is for sure: with PCRM on the movement&rsquos side, the future looks bright for animals and humans. Here are 10 ways this revolutionary organization&mdashnamed the Editor&rsquos Pick in the 2017 VegNews Veggie Awards&mdashare changing the healthcare industrial complex for good.

1. The Physicians Committee successfully ended the animal testing requirement in the American medical school curriculum. This meant victory for a 31-year campaign! They closed animal labs at two prestigious universities.

2. The University of North Carolina ended the use of animals for medical training after PCRM launched a public campaign. The university also stopped the use of animals for advanced medical training at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and the use of piglets in a paramedic training course in Houston.

3. PCRM&rsquos groundbreaking Barnard Medical Center&mdashan entirely plant-based model for healthcare located in Washington, DC&mdashhas recently seen a massive expansion to meet the growing demand for vegan wellness.

4. Barnard spoke at the recent American Medical Association House of Delegates meeting, which resulted in them issuing a statement encouraging United States hospitals to remove disease-causing foods from their menus, and asking them to include plant-based meals.

5. PCRM filed a lawsuit with a few southern Californian residents to ban processed meats in school lunches, citing that school districts were violating the National School Lunch Act.

6. Seven schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District added vegan lunches to its menus in September. The initiative was supported by Pamela Anderson, Lila Copeland, and PCRM.

7. PCRM campaigned successfully to pull a California bill aimed at increasing revenues for the beef subsidy program.

8. The Physicians Committee, along with several partners, sued the government to force restoration of the US Department of Agriculture welfare database, which was shut down last February.

9. The Cleveland Clinic South Pointe Hospital ended its mandatory medical training that was conducted on live dogs at its Northeast Ohio Medical University. This was due to PCRM informing the university it would file a federal complaint, and would put up billboards pointing to the use of live animals in their program.

10. And, finally, there is nothing more mainstream than The New York Times, and no one says it better than the way they reported it in the monumental article, &ldquoThe Era of Lab Testing on Chimpanzees is Officially Over”&mdasha groundbreaking story about the chimpanzees who are now headed for sanctuaries after the NIH ceased experimentation, thanks in large to PCRM.

Jasmin Singer is the Senior Editor of VegNews Magazine, the author of the memoir Always Too Much and Never Enough, and the cohost of the Our Hen House podcast.

Love the plant-based lifestyle as much as we do ?
Get the BEST vegan recipes , travel, celebrity interviews , product picks , and so much more inside every issue of VegNews Magazine . Find out why VegNews is the world&rsquos #1 plant-based magazine by subscribing today !


The Healthcare Industry Will Go Completely Vegan, If These Doctors Have Anything to Do With It

In an unprecedented victory, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM)&mdasha nonprofit that advocates for disease prevention through diet&mdashsuccessfully ended the animal testing requirement in the American medical school curriculum. With Neal Barnard, MD (whose 18th book, The Cheese Trap, was released this year) at its helm, the organization is changing an industry that, when it comes to the links between animal products and the diseases responsible for the majority of deaths in this country, is filled with ignorance. Comprised of medical professionals, PCRM&rsquos recent successes are proof that the archaic practice of animal testing is nearly over, and institutional awareness of the lifesaving power of a well-planned vegan diet is on its way in. From closing animal labs to opening plant-based medical facilities, one thing is for sure: with PCRM on the movement&rsquos side, the future looks bright for animals and humans. Here are 10 ways this revolutionary organization&mdashnamed the Editor&rsquos Pick in the 2017 VegNews Veggie Awards&mdashare changing the healthcare industrial complex for good.

1. The Physicians Committee successfully ended the animal testing requirement in the American medical school curriculum. This meant victory for a 31-year campaign! They closed animal labs at two prestigious universities.

2. The University of North Carolina ended the use of animals for medical training after PCRM launched a public campaign. The university also stopped the use of animals for advanced medical training at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and the use of piglets in a paramedic training course in Houston.

3. PCRM&rsquos groundbreaking Barnard Medical Center&mdashan entirely plant-based model for healthcare located in Washington, DC&mdashhas recently seen a massive expansion to meet the growing demand for vegan wellness.

4. Barnard spoke at the recent American Medical Association House of Delegates meeting, which resulted in them issuing a statement encouraging United States hospitals to remove disease-causing foods from their menus, and asking them to include plant-based meals.

5. PCRM filed a lawsuit with a few southern Californian residents to ban processed meats in school lunches, citing that school districts were violating the National School Lunch Act.

6. Seven schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District added vegan lunches to its menus in September. The initiative was supported by Pamela Anderson, Lila Copeland, and PCRM.

7. PCRM campaigned successfully to pull a California bill aimed at increasing revenues for the beef subsidy program.

8. The Physicians Committee, along with several partners, sued the government to force restoration of the US Department of Agriculture welfare database, which was shut down last February.

9. The Cleveland Clinic South Pointe Hospital ended its mandatory medical training that was conducted on live dogs at its Northeast Ohio Medical University. This was due to PCRM informing the university it would file a federal complaint, and would put up billboards pointing to the use of live animals in their program.

10. And, finally, there is nothing more mainstream than The New York Times, and no one says it better than the way they reported it in the monumental article, &ldquoThe Era of Lab Testing on Chimpanzees is Officially Over”&mdasha groundbreaking story about the chimpanzees who are now headed for sanctuaries after the NIH ceased experimentation, thanks in large to PCRM.

Jasmin Singer is the Senior Editor of VegNews Magazine, the author of the memoir Always Too Much and Never Enough, and the cohost of the Our Hen House podcast.

Love the plant-based lifestyle as much as we do ?
Get the BEST vegan recipes , travel, celebrity interviews , product picks , and so much more inside every issue of VegNews Magazine . Find out why VegNews is the world&rsquos #1 plant-based magazine by subscribing today !


The Healthcare Industry Will Go Completely Vegan, If These Doctors Have Anything to Do With It

In an unprecedented victory, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM)&mdasha nonprofit that advocates for disease prevention through diet&mdashsuccessfully ended the animal testing requirement in the American medical school curriculum. With Neal Barnard, MD (whose 18th book, The Cheese Trap, was released this year) at its helm, the organization is changing an industry that, when it comes to the links between animal products and the diseases responsible for the majority of deaths in this country, is filled with ignorance. Comprised of medical professionals, PCRM&rsquos recent successes are proof that the archaic practice of animal testing is nearly over, and institutional awareness of the lifesaving power of a well-planned vegan diet is on its way in. From closing animal labs to opening plant-based medical facilities, one thing is for sure: with PCRM on the movement&rsquos side, the future looks bright for animals and humans. Here are 10 ways this revolutionary organization&mdashnamed the Editor&rsquos Pick in the 2017 VegNews Veggie Awards&mdashare changing the healthcare industrial complex for good.

1. The Physicians Committee successfully ended the animal testing requirement in the American medical school curriculum. This meant victory for a 31-year campaign! They closed animal labs at two prestigious universities.

2. The University of North Carolina ended the use of animals for medical training after PCRM launched a public campaign. The university also stopped the use of animals for advanced medical training at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and the use of piglets in a paramedic training course in Houston.

3. PCRM&rsquos groundbreaking Barnard Medical Center&mdashan entirely plant-based model for healthcare located in Washington, DC&mdashhas recently seen a massive expansion to meet the growing demand for vegan wellness.

4. Barnard spoke at the recent American Medical Association House of Delegates meeting, which resulted in them issuing a statement encouraging United States hospitals to remove disease-causing foods from their menus, and asking them to include plant-based meals.

5. PCRM filed a lawsuit with a few southern Californian residents to ban processed meats in school lunches, citing that school districts were violating the National School Lunch Act.

6. Seven schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District added vegan lunches to its menus in September. The initiative was supported by Pamela Anderson, Lila Copeland, and PCRM.

7. PCRM campaigned successfully to pull a California bill aimed at increasing revenues for the beef subsidy program.

8. The Physicians Committee, along with several partners, sued the government to force restoration of the US Department of Agriculture welfare database, which was shut down last February.

9. The Cleveland Clinic South Pointe Hospital ended its mandatory medical training that was conducted on live dogs at its Northeast Ohio Medical University. This was due to PCRM informing the university it would file a federal complaint, and would put up billboards pointing to the use of live animals in their program.

10. And, finally, there is nothing more mainstream than The New York Times, and no one says it better than the way they reported it in the monumental article, &ldquoThe Era of Lab Testing on Chimpanzees is Officially Over”&mdasha groundbreaking story about the chimpanzees who are now headed for sanctuaries after the NIH ceased experimentation, thanks in large to PCRM.

Jasmin Singer is the Senior Editor of VegNews Magazine, the author of the memoir Always Too Much and Never Enough, and the cohost of the Our Hen House podcast.

Love the plant-based lifestyle as much as we do ?
Get the BEST vegan recipes , travel, celebrity interviews , product picks , and so much more inside every issue of VegNews Magazine . Find out why VegNews is the world&rsquos #1 plant-based magazine by subscribing today !


The Healthcare Industry Will Go Completely Vegan, If These Doctors Have Anything to Do With It

In an unprecedented victory, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM)&mdasha nonprofit that advocates for disease prevention through diet&mdashsuccessfully ended the animal testing requirement in the American medical school curriculum. With Neal Barnard, MD (whose 18th book, The Cheese Trap, was released this year) at its helm, the organization is changing an industry that, when it comes to the links between animal products and the diseases responsible for the majority of deaths in this country, is filled with ignorance. Comprised of medical professionals, PCRM&rsquos recent successes are proof that the archaic practice of animal testing is nearly over, and institutional awareness of the lifesaving power of a well-planned vegan diet is on its way in. From closing animal labs to opening plant-based medical facilities, one thing is for sure: with PCRM on the movement&rsquos side, the future looks bright for animals and humans. Here are 10 ways this revolutionary organization&mdashnamed the Editor&rsquos Pick in the 2017 VegNews Veggie Awards&mdashare changing the healthcare industrial complex for good.

1. The Physicians Committee successfully ended the animal testing requirement in the American medical school curriculum. This meant victory for a 31-year campaign! They closed animal labs at two prestigious universities.

2. The University of North Carolina ended the use of animals for medical training after PCRM launched a public campaign. The university also stopped the use of animals for advanced medical training at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and the use of piglets in a paramedic training course in Houston.

3. PCRM&rsquos groundbreaking Barnard Medical Center&mdashan entirely plant-based model for healthcare located in Washington, DC&mdashhas recently seen a massive expansion to meet the growing demand for vegan wellness.

4. Barnard spoke at the recent American Medical Association House of Delegates meeting, which resulted in them issuing a statement encouraging United States hospitals to remove disease-causing foods from their menus, and asking them to include plant-based meals.

5. PCRM filed a lawsuit with a few southern Californian residents to ban processed meats in school lunches, citing that school districts were violating the National School Lunch Act.

6. Seven schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District added vegan lunches to its menus in September. The initiative was supported by Pamela Anderson, Lila Copeland, and PCRM.

7. PCRM campaigned successfully to pull a California bill aimed at increasing revenues for the beef subsidy program.

8. The Physicians Committee, along with several partners, sued the government to force restoration of the US Department of Agriculture welfare database, which was shut down last February.

9. The Cleveland Clinic South Pointe Hospital ended its mandatory medical training that was conducted on live dogs at its Northeast Ohio Medical University. This was due to PCRM informing the university it would file a federal complaint, and would put up billboards pointing to the use of live animals in their program.

10. And, finally, there is nothing more mainstream than The New York Times, and no one says it better than the way they reported it in the monumental article, &ldquoThe Era of Lab Testing on Chimpanzees is Officially Over”&mdasha groundbreaking story about the chimpanzees who are now headed for sanctuaries after the NIH ceased experimentation, thanks in large to PCRM.

Jasmin Singer is the Senior Editor of VegNews Magazine, the author of the memoir Always Too Much and Never Enough, and the cohost of the Our Hen House podcast.

Love the plant-based lifestyle as much as we do ?
Get the BEST vegan recipes , travel, celebrity interviews , product picks , and so much more inside every issue of VegNews Magazine . Find out why VegNews is the world&rsquos #1 plant-based magazine by subscribing today !


The Healthcare Industry Will Go Completely Vegan, If These Doctors Have Anything to Do With It

In an unprecedented victory, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM)&mdasha nonprofit that advocates for disease prevention through diet&mdashsuccessfully ended the animal testing requirement in the American medical school curriculum. With Neal Barnard, MD (whose 18th book, The Cheese Trap, was released this year) at its helm, the organization is changing an industry that, when it comes to the links between animal products and the diseases responsible for the majority of deaths in this country, is filled with ignorance. Comprised of medical professionals, PCRM&rsquos recent successes are proof that the archaic practice of animal testing is nearly over, and institutional awareness of the lifesaving power of a well-planned vegan diet is on its way in. From closing animal labs to opening plant-based medical facilities, one thing is for sure: with PCRM on the movement&rsquos side, the future looks bright for animals and humans. Here are 10 ways this revolutionary organization&mdashnamed the Editor&rsquos Pick in the 2017 VegNews Veggie Awards&mdashare changing the healthcare industrial complex for good.

1. The Physicians Committee successfully ended the animal testing requirement in the American medical school curriculum. This meant victory for a 31-year campaign! They closed animal labs at two prestigious universities.

2. The University of North Carolina ended the use of animals for medical training after PCRM launched a public campaign. The university also stopped the use of animals for advanced medical training at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and the use of piglets in a paramedic training course in Houston.

3. PCRM&rsquos groundbreaking Barnard Medical Center&mdashan entirely plant-based model for healthcare located in Washington, DC&mdashhas recently seen a massive expansion to meet the growing demand for vegan wellness.

4. Barnard spoke at the recent American Medical Association House of Delegates meeting, which resulted in them issuing a statement encouraging United States hospitals to remove disease-causing foods from their menus, and asking them to include plant-based meals.

5. PCRM filed a lawsuit with a few southern Californian residents to ban processed meats in school lunches, citing that school districts were violating the National School Lunch Act.

6. Seven schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District added vegan lunches to its menus in September. The initiative was supported by Pamela Anderson, Lila Copeland, and PCRM.

7. PCRM campaigned successfully to pull a California bill aimed at increasing revenues for the beef subsidy program.

8. The Physicians Committee, along with several partners, sued the government to force restoration of the US Department of Agriculture welfare database, which was shut down last February.

9. The Cleveland Clinic South Pointe Hospital ended its mandatory medical training that was conducted on live dogs at its Northeast Ohio Medical University. This was due to PCRM informing the university it would file a federal complaint, and would put up billboards pointing to the use of live animals in their program.

10. And, finally, there is nothing more mainstream than The New York Times, and no one says it better than the way they reported it in the monumental article, &ldquoThe Era of Lab Testing on Chimpanzees is Officially Over”&mdasha groundbreaking story about the chimpanzees who are now headed for sanctuaries after the NIH ceased experimentation, thanks in large to PCRM.

Jasmin Singer is the Senior Editor of VegNews Magazine, the author of the memoir Always Too Much and Never Enough, and the cohost of the Our Hen House podcast.

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The Healthcare Industry Will Go Completely Vegan, If These Doctors Have Anything to Do With It

In an unprecedented victory, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM)&mdasha nonprofit that advocates for disease prevention through diet&mdashsuccessfully ended the animal testing requirement in the American medical school curriculum. With Neal Barnard, MD (whose 18th book, The Cheese Trap, was released this year) at its helm, the organization is changing an industry that, when it comes to the links between animal products and the diseases responsible for the majority of deaths in this country, is filled with ignorance. Comprised of medical professionals, PCRM&rsquos recent successes are proof that the archaic practice of animal testing is nearly over, and institutional awareness of the lifesaving power of a well-planned vegan diet is on its way in. From closing animal labs to opening plant-based medical facilities, one thing is for sure: with PCRM on the movement&rsquos side, the future looks bright for animals and humans. Here are 10 ways this revolutionary organization&mdashnamed the Editor&rsquos Pick in the 2017 VegNews Veggie Awards&mdashare changing the healthcare industrial complex for good.

1. The Physicians Committee successfully ended the animal testing requirement in the American medical school curriculum. This meant victory for a 31-year campaign! They closed animal labs at two prestigious universities.

2. The University of North Carolina ended the use of animals for medical training after PCRM launched a public campaign. The university also stopped the use of animals for advanced medical training at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and the use of piglets in a paramedic training course in Houston.

3. PCRM&rsquos groundbreaking Barnard Medical Center&mdashan entirely plant-based model for healthcare located in Washington, DC&mdashhas recently seen a massive expansion to meet the growing demand for vegan wellness.

4. Barnard spoke at the recent American Medical Association House of Delegates meeting, which resulted in them issuing a statement encouraging United States hospitals to remove disease-causing foods from their menus, and asking them to include plant-based meals.

5. PCRM filed a lawsuit with a few southern Californian residents to ban processed meats in school lunches, citing that school districts were violating the National School Lunch Act.

6. Seven schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District added vegan lunches to its menus in September. The initiative was supported by Pamela Anderson, Lila Copeland, and PCRM.

7. PCRM campaigned successfully to pull a California bill aimed at increasing revenues for the beef subsidy program.

8. The Physicians Committee, along with several partners, sued the government to force restoration of the US Department of Agriculture welfare database, which was shut down last February.

9. The Cleveland Clinic South Pointe Hospital ended its mandatory medical training that was conducted on live dogs at its Northeast Ohio Medical University. This was due to PCRM informing the university it would file a federal complaint, and would put up billboards pointing to the use of live animals in their program.

10. And, finally, there is nothing more mainstream than The New York Times, and no one says it better than the way they reported it in the monumental article, &ldquoThe Era of Lab Testing on Chimpanzees is Officially Over”&mdasha groundbreaking story about the chimpanzees who are now headed for sanctuaries after the NIH ceased experimentation, thanks in large to PCRM.

Jasmin Singer is the Senior Editor of VegNews Magazine, the author of the memoir Always Too Much and Never Enough, and the cohost of the Our Hen House podcast.

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Get the BEST vegan recipes , travel, celebrity interviews , product picks , and so much more inside every issue of VegNews Magazine . Find out why VegNews is the world&rsquos #1 plant-based magazine by subscribing today !


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