NYC asks residents to disclose and 'decarbonize' their foods, advocates 'plant-based' lifestyle

Eric Adams is seeking to “measure the carbon footprint" of New Yorkers' food habits.

Published: May 25, 2023 1:23pm

Under the direction of Mayor Eric Adams, New York City is asking residents to disclose their food purchases so they can receive “decarbonizing” tips from the government.

The “Plant-Powered Carbon Challenge” is listed under the Mayor's Office of Food Policy (MOFP) website as a “voluntary challenge” to “private, institutional, and nonprofit” sector leaders, with the goal of getting them to “commit to decarbonizing food purchases 25%” by the year 2030.

MOFP partnered with nonprofits Greener By Default and Coolfood, two climate action groups committed to food “sustainability.” Both MOFP and the organizations will “provide educational resources” for those who wish to “measure the carbon footprint of [their] existing procurement practices, develop a plan for meeting the [25%] carbon reduction target,” and shift towards more “plant-based meals.”

Power The Future President Daniel Turner reacted to this initiative by slamming Mayor Adams for what he deemed to be priorities misalignment, especially due to the city’s ongoing crime crisis.

“Rampant crime is sending New York City to hell in a hand basket [sic], and Mayor Adams wants people to submit their meal plan for his approval,” Turner told Just The News. 

Turner then called on NYC residents to “throw” the effort “in the trash” like many did with the infamous “soda ban” plan of 2012 by then-New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg.

New York has long struggled to get a handle on the high volume of crime that has cast the city in a negative light. According to the New York Post, NYPD data shows overall crime is up 34% from five years ago, including a 30% rise in murders, a 25% rise in robberies, and a devastating 217% surge in car thefts.

Many attribute the city’s crime plague to a combination of its "defund the police" movement and soft-on-crime leadership. 

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