Every day, half a million lunches are distributed in American public schools and with them, a mandatory milk carton. While Americans were raised to think of milk as "nature’s perfect food", the science increasingly points to milk as a source of disease. Tying school meal funding to milk distribution is an egregious example of dietary racism, because milk consumption is particularly unhealthy for children of color who are majority lactose-intolerant and who are more often dependent on subsidized school meals.
Last year, Seed the Commons launched the #GetMilkOut campaign which petitions the San Francisco Board of Education to take a stance against mandatory school milk. SFUSD already has a progressive track record around school meals, making San Francisco a great place to start rethinking the role of milk, industry influence and federal policy in local school meals. Due to the known negative health consequences of consuming hormones and liquid calories, SFUSD has already banned rBGH milk and sugary drinks such as juice and soda, and as of last year, it is phasing out chocolate milk. However, all types of cow’s milk – even organic, even unsweetened – contain bovine hormones and liquid calories. Removing regular milk from school meals is the next logical step and San Francisco is the perfect city to lead the way.
The benefits of this will extend past San Francisco and even the United States: school milk programs are a key tool for the globalization of dairy, but we can reverse the trend starting here in the Bay.
The #GetMilkOut campaign involves signature gathering and sustained community outreach, such as tabling at popular events, giving presentations to local groups, and organizing around important dates like World School Milk Day. Help us raise awareness and bring this campaign to success by supporting our fundraiser. With World Milk Day less than a month away, it is urgent that we counter the propaganda of the dairy industry.
Help Seed the Commons Get Milk Out of School Meals.