One California school district is attempting to thwart global warming by getting rid of “unsustainable foods” in school lunches.
According to a report in The Daily Caller, Oakland Unified School District has partnered with the environmental group Friends of the Earth (FOE), which has crafted a new, plant-based lunch menu for students.
Beef hot dogs and pepperoni pizza have been replaced with vegan options, and what little meat and cheese students do consume comes from “pastured, organic dairy cows.” Portion sizes have also been reduced.
Quoting numbers from the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) official calendar, FOE claims that the new lunch menu caused total carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions to drop by 14 percent. According to its calculation, the students’ efforts have the environmental equivalent of taking more than 100 cars off the road for a year.
FOE also said that costs of the school’s lunch program are down by 1 percent.
“We were so excited to see how the data showed that we could reduce our carbon and water footprint by serving healthy, delicious food — like the vegetarian tostadas with fresh made in-house salsa, that kids absolutely love — all while saving money,” said Jennifer LeBarre, head of Oakland’s nutrition services, calling it “a landmark moment for school food.”
FOE has not studied whether the new menu is actually healthier for students, but they claim that it is because vegetables are usually healthier than meats.
The activist group is hoping that Oakland will serve as an example to other school districts. “If every school district in the U.S. followed Oakland, the reduced CO2 emissions would be equal to removing 150,000 cars from the roads,” it estimates.
H/T: The Daily Caller
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