Organic School Lunches

Lots and lots of kids eat their midday meal in the school cafeteria. Mostly because of public outcry, school lunches have gotten better over the years as far as nutrition goes, but just nutrition doesn’t go far enough. Serving apples rather than candy bars for dessert might be a slight improvement, but if the apples are covered with chemical residue, it’s kind of hard to see a whole lot of advantage.

The meat on the lunch might now be leaner, but if it’s loaded with antibiotics and growth hormones even at “acceptable” government standards, how is that a real improvement? The milk served today is lower in fat, but it still contains all sorts of drugs that were given to the cows to make them give more milk.

Public outcry helped to improve school lunches to the point they are today, and they are an improvement over the lunches that were once served, but they still aren’t good enough. Only public outcry will force the government to force the schools to use organically produced meats and vegetables in school lunches. Only government regulation will force schools to stop using prepackaged foods that are treated with flavor enhancers and preservatives with names that even the teachers can’t pronounce.

While we wait for the government and the school cafeterias to catch on to the fact that the food being given to kids in the cafeterias is loaded with toxins and drugs, about the only thing that we can do is to prepare school lunches at home for our kids.

Yes, organically raised food (vegetable and mineral) is more expensive that conventionally produced food. There is no doubt about it, but it’s more expensive because it’s worth it. There are lots of really cheap poisons, but we wouldn’t eat them because they are cheap. The same is true of choosing between an apple that was grown using conventional methods (chemical fertilizer and toxic pesticides) that has chemical residue on it, and an apple that was raised organically that doesn’t have chemical residue on it.

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