Belgian City Goes Vegetarian, Weekly

Ghent officials, schoolkids to observe "veggie day"
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted May 13, 2009 10:40 AM CDT
A member of an animal-welfare organization poses naked in giant meat packaging to compare humans with prepackaged meat in a supermarket, in a shopping street in Ghent, Belgium, Dec. 20, 2008.    (AP Photo)
camera-icon View 2 more images

(Newser) – In good news for Belgian cows, the city of Ghent this week begins a weekly “veggie day,” on which officials will go vegetarian, the BBC reports. The move is an effort to cut greenhouse gases, almost a fifth of which come from livestock, the UN says; the city also foresees health benefits for locals. Schoolkids will have a veggie day of their own in the fall.