Dear Green Mama,
I'm a school teacher in Chicago. After researching our CPS lunches, I am concerned about recalled meat and rGBH that may be in our students’ food and drink.
Chartwells is our present vendor. Is there a vendor
that can stay within our limited budget while offering CPS students
healthier school lunches?
-- Is A Better Chow Possible
School lunches can be pretty bad:
growth hormones in milk, recalled and irradiated meat, and fruits and
vegetables high in pesticides. Meat and dairy are the staples of the
school lunch program and there are few options available for those who
want to avoid either.
The USDA, which is on record as saying that rGBH milk is safe and cloned meats are fine, is responsible for the school lunch program. They in effect buy up foods that consumer don’t want and serve it to school kids in their lunches. The farm bill that was passed in May of 2008 directs the USDA to buy irradiated beef for the federal school lunch program. Almost 1/3 of the recently recalled meat went to schools and public nutrition programs.