Meatless Mondays are coming to public schools in New York City

March 14, 2019 by  
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Public schools in New York City are starting a meatless Monday program for student lunches. School officials hope the eco-friendly initiative will boost health among the student population and serve as an example for other districts to follow. “People are going to look at this, and they’re going to start to emulate what the New York City schools are doing,” NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio shared. The new program will be implemented in 1,800 schools in the city and was originally tested in 15 schools in Brooklyn in 2018. The school chancellor, Richard A Carranza, says that students and parents reacted positively to the initiative, giving them the green light to move forward. Related: 14 vegan and vegetarian Valentine’s Day dinner ideas Carranza also talked about the advantages of eating meat-free meals. This includes a lower risk of diabetes, cancer and heart disease. Vegetarian diets, of course, are also good for the environment because they reduce water use and lessen our carbon output. In fact, the head of the city’s Office of Sustainability, Mark Chambers, argued that eating less meat is one of the best ways people can improve the environment . New York City has the largest school district in the country, and Chambers believes introducing its large student population to the idea of meatless Monday could lead to significant diet changes. This is not the first time New York City has started a program to improve eating habits. In 2017, public schools handed out free breakfast to all of its students throughout the school year. In the summer, NYC public schools continued the program and extended it to anyone who was 18 years old or younger. In addition to meatless Monday, public schools in New York obtain produce from local farmers every Thursday. The school district is also recycling more than ever and has started a program that teaches students how to sort recyclable goods. Given all of the eco-friendly programs coming out of New York, like meatless Monday, we can only hope that other schools across the country will follow their lead. Via Huffington Post Images via Shutterstock

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Physicians Group Asks USDA to Remove Milk from School Lunches

July 29, 2012 by  
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Earlier this month, the nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), filed a petition asking the USDA to remove milk as a required food from the national school lunch program. The PCRM petition argues that milk should not be included as part of a healthy school lunch because one in eight Americans is lactose intolerant, there is limited proof that milk improves bone health or reduces the risk of osteoporosis, and because dairy can lead to other health risks, among other reasons. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Dairy , dairy allergy , health problems , lactose intolerant , milk , milk allergy , national school lunch program , osteoporosis , Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine , school lunch , vitamin d

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Ketchup is Not a Food Group in Children’s School Lunches in France

October 5, 2011 by  
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Photo: heinz President Reagan tried to make ketchup a vegetable, and President Nixon loved to eat it with cottage cheese. The French do not agree. In fact, they are trying to ban it from schools where les élèves are pouring it all over their food…. Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Biopesticides, Farm Worker Pensions, School Salad Bars and Farm Camps Win NRDC Awards

April 29, 2011 by  
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“Renegade lunch lady’ chef Ann Cooper with kids “eating the rainbow” Fungi to fight plant pests?

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Taste Testing School Lunches

April 19, 2010 by  
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Image credit: Mrs. Q/Grist The brave employees of the country’s school cafeterias are tasked with solving a mind-bogglingly difficult problem: creating a healthy, delicious, lunch that costs less than 90 cents per meal. Add to this the fact that most school kitchens no longer have actual cooking equipment in them, and things take a turn towards the impossible…

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Milan Furniture Fair 2010: Indestructible Umbrella? Senz Uses Extreme Sports to Find Out (Video)

April 19, 2010 by  
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Photo via Senz So we are pretty keen on finding a solution to disposable design, or objects conceived to break here at TreeHugger, and one of our favorites is the shoddily-designed umbrella, which we gave its due way back in 2006 with our Umbrella Inside Out competition. During the Milan Furniture Fair, Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2010 , at one of the hundreds of off-site events on via Tortona, I came across a wind tunnel demonstrating the muscle of the award-winning

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Getting School Nutrition on the Front Burner Again

March 20, 2010 by  
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photo: School Food Focus I’ve written about school lunches on a number of occasions.

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