A vegan advocacy group called the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is suing two Southern California school districts in order to try and remove a large variety of meat from school lunches. They want to remove any cured or processed meats including bacon, sausage, bologna and hot dogs.
School lunches are already pretty hard to eat, especially after 8 years of Michelle Obama pushing school away from things that children actually like to eat. More and more children are coming home and complaining to parents that they did not eat all day, because school lunch was barely edible.
Now, the things they do like, like bacon, and hot dogs, may also be removed from the menu. What are the children supposed to eat in their place?
The organization is citing a 2015 study that says that consuming hot dogs every day will MARGINALLY increase the risk of colon cancer.
The Daily Mail has more:
Both lawsuits contend that school lunch ladies in the two Southern California counties are flouting California state regulations which require public schools to serve food of the “greatest nutritional value possible” and of the “highest quality.”
The founder of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Neal Barnard, swears that keeping kids from eating bacon and hot dogs in their school lunches is as important as the public-health war on smoking.
“Scientifically, there is no argument,” Barnard, a doctor with a medical degree from George Washington University, told The San Diego Union-Tribune. “Everybody knows we shouldn’t be serving this stuff to children.”
“Simply providing the foods sends the message that processed meats are healthful and part of a nutritious diet, which is clearly at variance with scientific fact,” Barnard also said.
The American Cancer Society’s chief medical officer, Otis Brawley, provided perspective for Barnard’s claims.
“A lot of people are taken aback when they learn that bologna is in the same category as cigarettes, but they need to understand that the estimated number of cancer deaths from processed meat is about 34,000 per year while it’s 1 million for smoking,” Brawley told the Union-Tribune.
The Union-Tribune’s cursory glance at some recent Poway school district lunch menus shows that the district serves plenty of processed meats including turkey hot dogs, chicken corn dogs and stuffed-crust pepperoni pizza. There’s also plenty of foods that are not processed including orange chicken with rice and bean and cheese burritos.