LAUSD School Board Speech-
LA Unified School District -A heartfelt plea for a healthy vegan choice at school lunches.
When My kids attended school in Malibu- I made all their lunches.
A lot of kids do not have that luxury. Kids in LA need to be presented an option - (for now they must have a doctor note? to get plant based milk. It should be available to every child) - A Vegan option would save school money. It is less expensive than carcinogenic processed meats.
And teaches kids that may not have options at home- learn new healthy habits. Milk is terribly unhealthy. Even more so than when we were kids.
Dr Klapper was present to explain.
Thank you Lila, (EarthPeaceFoundation.org) a brave young activist - Keep up the great work.
Good evening. Thank you for the opportunity to meet with you.
As a mother, it was important to me to be here because we are presented with a unique opportunity to help this generation of young people become more compassionate, be kinder to the environment, and make healthier lifestyle choices.
Kids today are appalled to learn that animals killed for cheeseburgers and chicken nuggets live crowded by the thousands in dark, filthy sheds, are mutilated, and are slaughtered by having their throats slit while they are still conscious.
Violence and suffering is common in the meat industry. But offering kids the chance to choose meals that are free of cruelty encourages compassion.
12% of millennials call themselves “faithful vegetarians”—up from 4% of baby boomers! And another study showed that 45% of younger consumers regularly eat vegan food and are looking for more options.
Today’s generation is growing up with considerable knowledge about the environment and how individual decisions can impact it. The average Californian uses 1500 gallons of water per day. Nearly half of that can be attributed to meat and dairy products. It takes 477 gallons of water to produce a pound of eggs, 900 gallons to produce a pound of cheese, 1,000 gallons to produce a gallon of milk, and 2,500 gallons of water to produce a pound of beef. Animal agriculture is responsible for 80 percent of U.S. water usage.
In addition, the United Nations says that raising animals for food is “one of the top three contributors to the most serious environmental problems.” Giving 600,000 students the ability to make Eco-friendly decisions every single day gives them the tools and the power to help reverse climate change, conserve water, prevent pollution, and fight obesity.
As a mother, I understand the challenge of trying to raise healthy kids when they are bombarded with appealing ads for junk foods. Putting great-tasting, nutritious foods in children and teenagers’ hands can set them up for a lifetime of positive choices.