When you think of the food of New York City, you might think of New York pizza, New York cheesecake, or New York pastrami. But in recent years, the city has embraced a new way of eating with more public institutions going plant-based.
Beginning in 2019 with NYC public schools adopting Meatless Monday programs, the trend expanded to include Plant-Powered Fridays in 2021. In 2022 Eric Adams, the city’s first vegan mayor, took office. The city has since expanded the Plant-Based Lifestyle Medicine Program, which focuses on diet and exercise over medication, to five new hospital locations.
But what do New Yorkers think of the city’s new plant-based initiatives? We surveyed over 700 New York City residents, including over 200 parents with children in the public school system, to find out.
There was strong support for the Plant-Based Lifestyle Medicine Program among New Yorkers, with 72% supportive or strongly supportive of the initiative, and just 4% opposing it (24% were neutral).