Argentina Adopts ‘Vegan Mondays’ at President’s Official Residence

When Argentina’s leader wants to get the nation’s attention, he knows exactly what to do. President Mauricio Macri just decreed a surprising and savvy change to the menu at the presidential residence: The Casa Rosada — or the “Pink House” — will now serve only vegan food on Mondays to President Macri and all 554 employees.

The Casa Rosada in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  Photo credit: Thinkstock

The Casa Rosada in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Photo credit: Thinkstock

There are two reasons for this change in meal plans, explains Argentina’s Secretary General Fernando de Andreis in an announcement on his official Facebook page:

On the one hand, it is so that at least once a week the 554 people who eat lunch at the Pink Hous, will eat a lean menu that will contribute to the improvement of their health. On the other hand, knowing the curiosity that awakens in the country [about] everything that goes on in the house, this is as a simple way to start an intense discussion about the diet of Argentinians.

“Today, lifestyle changes, in addition to the changes produced in recent decades in ways to produce and distribute food throughout the world, make Argentine families increasingly exposed to consuming processed products in harmful fats, as well as salt and sugar,” de Andreis stated. “The only thing that will defend us from an unhealthy diet will be behavioral changes in the way we eat,” he added. “The purpose [of this change] is to trigger a conversation about our food, our health, and begin to change our diet.” Why “Vegan Mondays,” you might ask? De Andreis has an answer to that question too.

"Vegan Mondays" will be no meat affairs at the presidential residence from now on.  Photo credit: Thinkstock

“Vegan Mondays” will be no meat affairs at the presidential residence from now on. Photo credit: Thinkstock

“If we had called it ‘Healthy Monday’ or ‘Veggie Monday’ you wouldn’t be reading this [announcement],” de Andreis noted – and that’s spot on.

Argentina grabbed the attention of the country and the world when it announced that its presidential Monday menu will go “vegan.” Now people are discussing the change and considering what it means — and that, of course, is the whole point.

Predictably, not everyone is happy that the government’s leadership has openly embraced a bit of veganism. Argentinians love their meat. It factors heavily in the average person’s diet, which makes any change an uphill battle.

And Argentina’s meat producers certainly aren’t jumping for joy. A few believe this move is some kind of bid for votes as a parliamentary election in October 2017 nears. After all, they allege, government representatives “rarely tell you what to eat.”

“No doctor will tell you that fat-free, barbecued or oven cooked meat . . . is bad for you,” sniffed beef lobbyist Ulises Forte to Worldcrunch.

Well, that’s demonstrably not true, Mr. Forte. Have a chat some day with Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Dr. Kim Williams or Dr. Neal Barnard. And do it soon — your heart health my depend on it.

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Who needs meat anyway? Photo credit: Thinkstock

Kudos to Argentina’s leadership. This is forward thinking at its best. The country’s government clearly knows that a healthier lifestyle is the key to longer, happier lives.

By taking action that’s sure to get people talking, Argentina is leading by example and kickstarting a conversation that might convince more Argentinians to forego meat completely — or at least to significantly reduce its consumption. And that choice is good for the planet, for the animals and for the former meat eaters of the world.

Photo credit: Secretary General Fernando de Andreis Facebook page

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Marija Mabout a month ago

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Joan Eabout a month ago

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Toni Wabout a month ago

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