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Vegan diet good for kids and animals

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As Jill Rosen highlights in her recent article ("The Littlest Vegans," March 20), an increasing number of today's youth are growing up on a diet loaded with healthier and more humane plant-based foods. Since we develop lifelong eating habits at a young age, this is encouraging news. Sadly, those who acquire a taste for cholesterol- and fat-laden foods likes cheeseburgers and fried chicken today are often the diabetes and heart disease patients of tomorrow.

The Baltimore City Public Schools helped set the stage for this important discussion in 2009, when it became the first school system in the U.S. to serve a 100 percent meatless menu every Monday. Since then, others school districts, including Los Angeles Unified, have adopted Meatless Monday in their cafeterias.

Whether we're young or young at heart, choosing vegan foods is one of the best ways we can stand up to protect our health — and animals.

Erica Meier, Washington, D.C.

The writer is executive director of Compassion Over Killing.

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