On March 23, Alexandria, VA became the second city in the nation— and the first in a major metropolitan area— to pass a Green Foods Resolution. Farm Sanctuary has launched a groundbreaking national campaign to introduce Green Foods Resolutions in cities and towns throughout the country.
A Green Foods Resolution is a city or town council resolution designed to counteract the health threats and massive environmental damage caused by animal agriculture by calling on citizens to eat lower on the food chain. Animal product consumption is a leading contributor to heart disease, stroke and certain forms of cancer, and animal agriculture has been cited by the United Nations, World Watch Institute and a host of leading environmental experts — including Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, 2008 Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change — as being among the leading causes of greenhouse gas emissions.
Healthy Food Alexandria supports the creation of a citywide, citizen-led initiative to increase residents’ access to locally grown, environmentally sustainable foods by increasing public awareness; encouraging the development of citizen-initiated community gardens and expanded access to farmers’ markets; and supporting healthy food choices, especially those involving locally produced food.
The initiative would also work to:
“We congratulate the Alexandria City Council for taking much needed steps to protect the health of their citizens and reduce the environmental devastation caused by industrial animal agriculture,” said Gene Baur, president and co-founder of Farm Sanctuary. “With the evidence that has emerged in recent years on the link between our food choices and the degradation of the environment, people are finally waking up to the fact that green living isn’t just about what kind of car you drive or the type of light-bulbs you use, it’s also about what’s at the end of your fork. Our so-called cheap food comes at a steep cost to the environment and to our health.”