MEATLESS "MANDATE" MONDAY'S GIVE STUDENTS ONLY ONE OPTION
What comes to mind when you think of grade-school lunches?
Chicken patties, roast beef, meatloaf, mashed potatoes?
Growing up, I always enjoyed heading to the lunch line, especially on the days you knew the main course included healthy portions of meat. Most kids seemed to have at least one favorite item on the lunch menu, and for me it was chicken patties.
On the flip side, there were days that I went without meat, but it was always by choice -- never a forced decision.
Unfortunately, taking meat off the school lunch menu is becoming a growing, popular trend.
Dozens of public school districts and universities including Baltimore and Detroit city public schools, San Diego State and Yale University have already adopted Meatless Monday lunch menus.
Even the U.S. Department of Agriculture, created to promote and advocate for American agriculture, issued a newsletter July 2012 promoting Meatless Mondays asking employees to consider a “simple way to reduce your environmental impact.” After intense scrutiny of their actions, USDA retracted the newsletter.
More recently, school board officials in San Diego, California voted to adopt Meatless Monday’s, limiting nearly 132,000 school children, grades K-8, to accept one meal option - vegetarian.
They claim it’s because of potential health risks associated with eating too much meat, while admitting that they also believe it to be the more “humane” choice.
So, which one is it? Healthy, Humane, or just an attempt to soften the tone of a radical animal rights agenda?
No matter the answer, you can rest assured that the individuals promoting the meatless movement would sleep better at night knowing your children were receiving a one-sided education on food choices due to a forced vegetarian lunch program.
When it comes to what we eat, animal rights and environmental activists believe that we shouldn’t get to choose. It’s not about being healthy, it’s about valuing the life of an animal at a level higher than that of a human.
You and your family should be the ones making your own dietary decisions. Animal rights activists shouldn’t be doing that for you.If the time came for you to stand up in front of your local school board to prevent similar mandates in your city or town, what would you say?
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