On 27th February 2024, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to incorporate more plant-based food and fewer animal products into the catering at county-run facilities such as hospitals and schools. The board adopted a motion by Board Chair Lindsey Horvath and Supervisor Hilda Solis to transition to more plant-based options in its 111 food contracts across facilities.

Lindsey Horvath said, “Los Angeles County has the opportunity to overhaul outdated food policies so they match best practices today. This action will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and food waste, and expand healthy food options at county facilities — all meaningful wins as we continue to lead on sustainable practices.”

Hilda Solis said, “Los Angeles County is one of the largest contracting entities in Southern California…To that end, it is critical that we look at our food contracting processes and how we can incorporate alternatives that can lower our carbon footprint and reduce our contribution to global warming. Addressing greenhouse gas emissions requires both comprehensive sweeping action on a large scale, as well as collective actions locally. I’m proud that we’re in this fight and encourage others to follow suit.”

Leah Garcés, CEO and president of the Los Angeles-based animal rights group Mercy for Animals, said to Daily News, “As more Americans choose plant-based food for reasons such as health, environmental protection, and animal welfare, public purchasing must reflect this shift… Mercy for Animals greatly appreciates Supervisors Horvath and Solis for sponsoring this policy change and the county’s commitment to providing healthy plant-based options to residents who benefit from county food programs. We look forward to working with LA County in implementing this policy.”

The L.A. Department of Public Health will review its Nutritional Standards for Prepared Foods, Snacks and Beverages, and incorporate evidence-based recommendations on purchasing, selling and serving more plant-based foods.

“Originally from Catalonia, but resident in the UK for several decades, Jordi is a vegan zoologist and author, who has been involved in different aspects of animal protection for many years. In addition to scientific research, he has worked mostly as an undercover investigator, animal welfare consultant, and animal protection campaigner. He has been an ethical vegan since 2002, and in 2020 he secured the legal protection of all ethical vegans in Great Britain from discrimination in a landmark employment tribunal case that was discussed all over the world. He is also the author of the book, ‘Ethical Vegan: a personal and political journey to change the world’.