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Is the USDA Trying to Kill Our Kids?

Is the USDA Trying to Kill Our Kids?

The original version of the USDA’s January 15 blog, “USDA teams up with the NFL and National Dairy Council to Kick Off ‘Fuel Up to Play 60,’” stated that “the USDA is making every effort to make sure that today’s children are the first American generation to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents.”

They’re doing a good job of it.

Seriously, they’ve since corrected the error, but when I think about all the fatty, cholesterol-laden crap that the USDA’s National School Lunch Program serves schoolchildren, I can’t help but wonder if the original version wasn’t more accurate.

Although more schools are starting to offer healthy vegan options, mystery meat, chicken nuggets, and greasy cheese pizza boats are still staples in most school cafeterias. A USA Today investigation revealed that the beef and chicken served in school lunches doesn’t even meet the questionable quality or safety standards of many fast-food restaurants.

The “Fuel Up to Play 60” program appears to be little more than a forum for the National Dairy Council to promote dairy products to kids. Cow’s milk, which is linked to many childhood ailments, including allergies, ear infections, recurrent bronchitis, juvenile diabetes, and asthma, as well as heart disease, prostate cancer, and other serious diseases, is already widely available in schools. (Read Kayla Coleman’s post “Milk: Does It Really Do A Body Good”  to learn more about the Dairy Council’s stronghold on school lunches.)

Unhealthy school lunches are contributing to the childhood obesity epidemic and putting kids at risk for an array of health problems, which can shorten their lives.  A National Cancer Institute study found that people who eat even a small amount of red meat each day are more likely to die early, mostly from heart disease or cancer.

If you want to help your child live a long, healthy life, wean him or her off of milkshakes, macaroni and cheese, hamburgers, hot dogs, and chicken sandwiches. Kids who develop a taste for wholesome vegan foods rather than animal products are much less likely to develop weight problems, diabetes, high blood pressure, and cancer. Don’t count on the USDA for sound health advice. See the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine’s healthy school lunch site  or check out VeganLunchBox.com for “brown bag” recipes.

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8:43AM PST on Dec 19, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

9:36PM PST on Feb 15, 2010

Great article. Thank you, Heather.

1:01PM PST on Feb 1, 2010

Healthy is always best!

9:56AM PST on Jan 30, 2010

we need to eat healthy food. For whatever reason I eat meat , my insides aren't happy so I go back to my soy-meat. I don't cook meat or chicken. There are tons of options when talking about food.

1:08PM PST on Jan 29, 2010

There is nothing wrong with milk or a moderate amount of meat. Talk about an urban myth. If a person can't tolerate it, there are options. Those who can enjoy significant benefits. If someone wants to be a vegan, that's there business. My relatives and elderly friends are living into 90's and 100 plus years eating moderately and balanced from all food groups. Unfortunately, it is all too common that school lunches are imbalanced, chemically adulterated. Thank goodness for that 1/2 pint of milk! if it's hormone and antibiotic free that is! Whether cow or goat milk, bring on yogurt, the milk, cheese, ice cream, buttermilk, butter, sour cream. It's great! all things in moderation.

9:15AM PST on Jan 29, 2010

The comment that I get most often from people when I tell them I'm a vegan is "Oh you're one of those PETA weirdos!" And I explain to them that no, I LOVE animals. PETA is not an organization that loves animals. They're responsible for the death of countless innocent dogs. So no. I'm not a supporter of PETA. I've been a proud anti PETA animal lover for the past 10 years! Threw out my PETA card 10 years ago when I found out the TRUTH about them.

8:43AM PST on Jan 28, 2010

healthy food is good for everyone, fatty food develop many health problems

5:14PM PST on Jan 27, 2010

Many states now have a farm-school program. This will allow for the addition of fresh and local foods to school menus. As parents however, we have to take a greater stance on this issue; these are our children.

What is the PTA doing about this? This should be an issue that the PTA addresses. Also, take the vending machines out or replace the contents with water and juice.

Studies have shown that children that have more fresh vegetables and fruit on the menu have less behavioral issues. But, to be honest, if french fries are on the menu everyday, most kids will eat them. Chips ole, nachos, and all the other cafeteria concoctions need to be removed from menus and fresh fruits and vegetables added.

And what is with the cafeteria workers not actually cooking? These meals are nuked in the microwave and served.

Private schools understand that side effects of fast foods. Their menus include a variety of selections with a trend towards fresh foods. All students deserve this.

People do what you let them do! The USDA is not alone in allowing this to happen.

Eat Fresh,Live Healthy

1:12PM PST on Jan 27, 2010

Hot dogs should be outlawed as food.

9:53AM PST on Jan 27, 2010

Good information, thank you.

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