French Law: All School Meals Must Include Animal Products

In what appears to be a violation of the European Union’s Charter of Fundamental Rights, the French Parliament has issued a new governmental order declaring all meals served to school children must contain animal products.

According to Organic Authority, “French Parliament voted on the law that now essentially insures that six million school age children in France no longer have the option to choose vegan or vegetarian meals. Similar rulings will soon be in effect for hospitals, prisons, retirement homes and catering.”

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Chicago Public School Bans Home Lunches

I pack my children an organic home lunch every day. Why?  The quality of our school lunches is pitiful.  There is high fructose corn syrup in everything (apple sauce, crackers, etc.). The vegetables are canned; the fruit in thick syrups.  Ketchup is counted as a fruit.  Furthermore, my daughter is a vegetarian, so there are few options for her.

In what I feel is an ironic move, a Chicago public school has banned home lunches to improve children’s nutrition.

Apparently, they have the opposite problem of my family.  The Chicago Tribune reports:

At his public school, Little Village Academy on Chicago’s West Side, students are not allowed to pack lunches from home. Unless they have a medical excuse, they must eat the food served in the cafeteria.

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Will the Feds Finally Boot Junk Food From Public Schools?

Representative Lynn Woolsey (D-CA) is introducing a bill to Congress that would finally get junk foods out of our schools, addressing skyrocketing childhood obesity rates and bringing school nutrition standards forward 40 years.

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“Despite pockets of progress in some states and school systems, most schools make junk food readily available to children. But junk food in schools helps fuel an epidemic of obesity and diabetes in children. And, it undercuts the considerable federal investment we make in the healthy school lunch program.” – Margo Wootan, Center for Science in the Public Interest nutrition policy director

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