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Kids these days....

I was reading an article today which cites a 2007 survey (issued to approximately 9,000 adults by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention) that found that 367,000 children are vegetarians, that translates to about 1 in every 200 kids.

While I was disappointed (though not surprised) to hear that some kids were berated for being vegetarian, I was pleased to hear that the choice of many kids to live a meat-free lifestyle coincides with current discourse about industrial farming, especially of animals, since it is not sustainable. It's exciting to me to think of a new generation of aware, accountable people who care about sustainability. I mean you never know...some folks eat vegetarian because they think it makes you thinner. That cracks me up, obviously those folks don't know about ice cream, onion rings or boursin.

Given these numbers (and the importance of whole foods for growing bodies), I'm hoping you'll consider supporting this Vegan School Lunch Proposal which seeks to require the USDA to facilitate healthful plant-based (vegan) school lunch options to promote public health, freedom from hunger, environmental quality, nonviolence, and kindness to animals.

Please note that this proposal is about providing plant-based OPTIONS in school cafeterias (not about forcing all kids to eat vegan...which I would not support).


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Jan. 15th, 2009 08:10 pm (UTC)
boursin....oh the delight!

Jan. 15th, 2009 09:57 pm (UTC)
Seems like a long, long way from the Reagan-era position that industrial ketchup counted as a vegetable for school lunches. I'm for it.
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