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EQUITY ISSUES

Problems:

Racial Bias in US Dietary Guidelines

Selling food and beverages that some children can not afford and harms their health:

  • At bake sales
  • Snack lines in the cafeteria
  • Candy bar or cookie dough sales for fundraisers
  • Vending machines

Requiring that milk be offered at school lunch and breakfasts when the majority of people of color can not digest it.

This is called lactose intolerance, and it is a normal condition. The ability to digest dairy products is known as lactase persistence, and this is a genetic mutation.

Meat and cheese based entrees that:

  • Contribute to the cholesterol and saturated fat burden
  • Increases exposure to hormone and pesticide residues found in meat and dairy
  • Contribute more to global warming than all transportation combined
  • Disproportionately affect persons of color by causing heart disease, diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure, strokes

Lack of whole plant-based foods that are good quality and delicious, that support good health and prevent diet diseases that disproportionately affect people of color

Exposure to genetically modified foods

Lack of adequate funding to properly feed children

Disposable trays and utensils

Solutions:

All children have access to meals and snacks during the day that support good health without cost to them

Farm to School (Local foods, organic when possible)

School Garden

No fundraising that depends on purchases by children or their families

Plant based entrees, fresh vegetable and fruits, whole grains, calcium-enriched non-dairy alternative

Reusable plates, utensils, trays (provides jobs also)


Child with Fruit snacks

All children should have access to quality snacks, namely, fruits and vegetables

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