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– New York City is the first city in the United States to eliminate processed meats. Mayor Bill de Blasio approved an ambitious $14 billion Green New Deal on Monday, April 22, to combat climate change. The plan will cut purchases of red meat by 50 percent in its city-controlled facilities such as hospitals, schools, and correctional facilitie..Read more»

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  1. Our.News Fact-Check Investigation by Drew Bankert | Editor, Our.News
     

    This story published by iHeartRadio’s 106.7 LiteFM claims “New York City is the first city in the United States to eliminate processed meats.” The story claims the “ban” is the result of a new plan by the city’s mayor to “improve [Earth’s] climate.”
     

    (1) As part of the “Healthy Living” section of the OneNYC 2050: Building a Strong and Fair City strategy, the only language referring to processed meats like NYC’s famous hot dogs is as follows: “The City will also update the NYC Food Standards to phase out purchases of processed meat, which has been linked with increased risk of cancer and is often high in saturated fat and sodium which is linked to heart disease. Processed meat will be replaced by healthier proteins, including an increase in plant-based options.”
     

    The strategy describes how the city will reduce the amount of processed meats (including hot dogs) purchased by government-run facilities that sell and serve food such as hospitals, schools, and correctional facilities. The action laid out in the city’s One NYC2050 strategy does not ban privately-owned businesses like restaurants, grocery stores, and the infamous NYC hot dog stands from selling hot dogs, nor does it prevent New Yorkers from consuming hot dogs as the term “ban” suggests.
     

    (2) The OneNYC 2050 strategy is described by NYC as the “New York City’s Green New Deal.” In an announcement of the strategy on NYC’s website, the city offers further explanation of their decision to wind-down the purchase and sale of processed meats in the city’s facilities as it relates to their effort to combat climate change. The announcement connects their decision to “[r]educing waste and carbon-intensive consumption” and explains that NYC-run facilities “will end unnecessary purchases of single-use plastic foodware, phase out the purchase of processed meat, reduce the purchase of beef by 50 percent and commit to a carbon neutral City fleet by 2040.”
     

    Explanation of Findings. This story’s title misrepresents NYC’s proposed strategy to reduce the purchase of processed meats by government-run facilities that sell and serve food as a city-wide “ban” on “hot dogs and processed meats.” The story later contradicts its own title by quoting an announcement by the city to “cut purchases of red meat by 50 percent in its city-controlled facilities such as hospitals, schools, and correctional facilities” without ever providing evidence or explanation for a so-called “ban.” We therefore rate this as Misleading and Inaccurate. Click the Ratings icon above to see the current ratings, including public ratings, on this article.
     

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