The meat organisation’s president and CEO Julie Anna Potts drafted a letter to the New York Mayor, expressing concerns over the “nutritional consequences” that the decision might have on children.
Anna Potts described the move in the letter as “disappointing and misguided” and said the policy was based on a collection of “half-truths”.
De Blasio announced the decision to cut back on meat for students on Mondays during a press conference this week, as he felt it would improve New Yorkers’ health and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The NAMI president said in the letter that the Meatless Monday policy ignored a “simple fact” that meat and poultry products were excellent and affordable sources of protein, which students enjoyed in school cafeterias across the country.
“Extensive research has shown the benefits of meat for both body and brain, especially for children, and it can contribute to critical dietary factors like satiety and weight management,” said Anna Potts.
“Meatless Monday is troubling because, besides lacking a scientific foundation, it is about denying choice.”
During the Meat Industry Hall of Fame in Atlanta, Georgia last month, Anna Potts spoke about how the organisation planned to earn and maintain consumer trust in US protein, as well as admitting that there was a “disruption” in the industry.