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Oakland schools partnered with the environmental group Friends of the Earth (FOE) to fight global warming by making student lunches climate-friendly.

FOE gave kids a lunch menu designed to eliminate foods it says are “unsustainable for our planet.” The new menu features far less meat and more plant-based food. Any meat or cheese the school did use came from “pastured, organic dairy cows.” The student’s lunch menu went from beef hot dogs and pepperoni pizza to vegan stir fry tofu and vegan tostadas. The new FOE-approved menu served meat and cheese-less frequently and reduced the portion sizes.

“This is a landmark moment for school food,” Jennifer LeBarre, head of nutrition services for Oakland Unified School District, said in a FOE press statement. “We were so excited to see how the data showed that we could reduce our carbon and water footprint by serving healthy, delicious food –– like the vegetarian tostadas with fresh made in-house salsa, that kids absolutely love –– all while saving money.”

The district and FOE claimed the lunch program was healthier than before, but only on the basis that food from plants is typically healthier than meat. The study justifies its health claims by stating average poultry consumption fell. FOE did not undertake an actual study into whether or not the lunches improved student health.

FOE says total carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the school lunch program declined by 14 percent. The total change is equivalent to taking roughly 127 cars off the road for a year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) official calculator. The activists also claim lunch program costs fell 1 percent.

FOE says it partnered with the school to provide a “roadmap for change” to encourage other schools to fight global warming via student lunches. The green group hopes Oakland’s example will encourage numerous other school districts to switch to a similar menu.

http://dailycaller.com/2017/02/15/california-schools-cut-meat-cheese-from-lunches-to-fight-global-warming/

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Re: California Schools Cut Meat, Cheese From Lunches To Fight Global Warming
« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2017, 08:27:55 AM »
I'd love to see someone do a birth-to-market and pre-planting-to-planting-to-processing-to-market comparison study of beef, pork, chicken, and tofu. I have a feeling tofu might not be very green, unless it's aged into a biology experiment.
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Re: California Schools Cut Meat, Cheese From Lunches To Fight Global Warming
« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2017, 09:11:25 AM »
>>FOE says total carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the school lunch program declined by 14 percen<<

FOE is aptly named.  As for CO2 emissions, did they measure the additional flatulence generated by significantly more vegetables in the diets? Of course when only 2 or 3 students eat them it may not matter.
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Re: California Schools Cut Meat, Cheese From Lunches To Fight Global Warming
« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2017, 09:27:07 AM »
I'm wondering if the 'Students absolutely loved them' came from actual feedback with a statistical basis rather than a few wacky vegan girls in the middle-school-on-up age group.
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Re: California Schools Cut Meat, Cheese From Lunches To Fight Global Warming
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Re: California Schools Cut Meat, Cheese From Lunches To Fight Global Warming
« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2017, 11:08:36 AM »
I'm wondering if the 'Students absolutely loved them' came from actual feedback with a statistical basis rather than a few wacky vegan girls in the middle-school-on-up age group.

Vegetarian dishes can be tasty enough that most people wouldn't care that they were meatless. But school cafeteria food being that good? When there are confirmed sightings of porcine aviators!

That claimed feedback is either fauxny, a sample selected to produce the desired result, or based on Potemkin Meals - produced by restaurant chefs using restaurant-grade ingredients, not cafeteria cooks using institutional-grade ingredients.
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Re: California Schools Cut Meat, Cheese From Lunches To Fight Global Warming
« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2017, 05:52:06 PM »
Does anyone here but me see that PORK has been removed from California public school lunches?

PORK

bacon, ham, pork chops, pork roast, pork loin  P-O-R-K