Ann Arbor plans to use around $200,000 to promote more plant-based diets over the course of the next decade. The goal is to encourage people to consume less meat and make better food decisions in general.

The plan states, “Eating less meat and more fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, nuts, and seeds is known to reduce one’s environmental footprint and improve one’s overall health. Ann Arbor aims to lead by example in improving food procurement policies for the city that promote sustainability goals, support and advance racial equity, and encourage our community to move toward a plant-based diet.”

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Ann Arbor already urges local restaurants to source local ingredients, but it wants to do more by encouraging sustainable practices in everything from reducing meat consumption to using less single-use plastic.

The plan has come under fire as some representatives stated that those at city hall have yet to follow their own advice – talking the talk but not walking the walk, per se.

It is unclear as of yet just how successful this plan will be as there are still many officials who do not agree with it. However, it shows hope for the future. Environmentally-friendly policies could gain popularity in various other cities, making it easier for anyone to choose better options once they are more affordable and accessible.

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Reducing your meat intake and eating more plant-based foods is known to help with chronic inflammationheart healthmental wellbeingfitness goalsnutritional needsallergiesgut health, and more! Dairy consumption also has been linked to many health problems, including acnehormonal imbalancecancerprostate cancer and has many side effects.

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