Target: Food and Nutrition Services, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Goal: Keep milk in the National School Lunch Program
A non-profit group of physicians has demanded that the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) ban milk from school lunches. They believe that the calcium in milk has no effect on children’s bones, positive or negative, and that the fat content in milk is contributing to the childhood obesity epidemic. The group wants to replace milk with more greens, which they claim have more calcium for children.
However, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) is a notoriously vegan organization, that sells a vegan diet program from its website. Milk, as a product from dairy cows, does not meet vegan requirements, so it’s no surprise that the PCRM wants milk banned from the National School Lunch Program, headed by the USDA.
Milk contains not only calcium, but Vitamin D, which kids don’t get enough of already, due to the increased use of sunscreen which blocks natural vitamin D from the sun. Milk also contains what is known as good fat, or naturally-occurring fats that provide energy and help build and maintain the body’s cells. Even if schools chose to serve the National School Lunch Program’s recommended one cup of fat-free or low-fat milk at breakfast and lunch, the lower the fat content of the milk, the better chance a kid’s body has at absorbing the calcium. Middle school-aged girls are already at a risk of not getting enough calcium, and milk is by far healthier than sugary juices and sodas.
Sign the petition below and ask the USDA to not give in to PCRM’s demands to ban milk from the National School Lunch Program. Milk is still healthy for kids, no matter what, and provides a lot of health benefits to children they wouldn’t otherwise get from other drinks. While greens are good for kids as well, both milk and greens can be provided—schools should not have to choose between the two.
Dear Food and Nutrition Services,
Milk still provides vital nutrients and health benefits to our vitamin D-deficient and calcium-deficient kids. While there are several green vegetables available that provide these sources of calcium and vitamin D, there is still no need to remove milk from the National School Lunch Program.
Please do not give in to the demands of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a vegan organization that would prefer not to have any animal-related foods in children’s lunches. Milk is better for children than the alternative of sugary juices and sodas, and even if it contains fat, the fat is still useful to children, providing energy and cell maintenance for their bodies.
I am asking you to continue to keep milk in the National School Lunch Program, and give kids a chance at getting the calcium and vitamin D they need, as well as avoid the sugary drinks that contribute to childhood obesity.
[Your Name Here]