Did the United States introduce a plan in November 2023 to ban meat consumption nationwide? No, that's not true: The claim implying that New York City's Mayor Eric Adams was somehow involved in a purported federal incentive is not supported by any evidence confirming the existence of such a plan. This is a variation of a previously debunked claim.
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This is what it looked like on Instagram at the time of writing:
A similar post published by the account @wealthymindds mentioned in the caption as a source contained a second slide with the footage of Adams saying:
Food is the third biggest source of City's emissions -- right after buildings and transportation. But all food is not created equal. The vast majorit...majority of food that is contributing to our emission crisis lies in meat and dairy products.
The Adams administration expanded his predecessor's incentives that established meatless days in the city's public schools by converting Fridays from vegetarian to vegan days, but the new lunch menu did not get great reviews, as reported by Politico (archived here.)
Vegan Fridays were part of a broader approach (archived here) to reduce New York City's carbon footprint by cutting down the city's budget on buying meat in general and beef in particular. In April 2023, Adams committed (archived here) to decreasing the city's food-based emissions by 33 percent in the next seven years.
However, the total ban on meat has never been reported to have been incorporated into the New York City strategy (archived here), and Lead Stories debunked a related claim in the spring of 2023. As of this writing, no credible sources wrote that street hot dogs (archived here) or meat tacos (archived here) have been outlawed in this locality.
Furthermore, as New York City's mayor, Adams doesn't have the legal jurisdiction to single-handedly prohibit meat consumption nationwide.
The claim that is the focus of this fact check is not entirely brand-new. For example, Lead Stories previously wrote that, contrary to online rumors, 14 U.S. cities did not sign a World Economic Treaty to ban meat.
The long-term U.S. strategy published in 2021 to outline ways of reaching net-zero greenhouse emissions by 2050 and signed by Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry did not say anything about total prohibition of meat.
A search across different federal bills on the website of Congress (archived here) did not produce any results, either.
Other Lead Stories fact checks about meat can be found here.