Dairy farmers implore Congress to allow public schools to serve whole milk again

More American dairy farmers are pressing to have whole milk placed back on menus in the nation’s public schools.

The grass-roots effort began in earnest in September when a group of farmers and whole milk advocates launched a petition asking President Donald Trump, Congress, and other federal agencies to allow students to have the 3.5 percent milk.

As of Sunday, more than 11,500 people had signed the online petition.

“I think a lot of people still don’t know that schools can’t serve whole milk,” said Sherry Bunting, who started the petition on Change.org.

The federal government banned public schools from serving whole and 2 percent milk in 2012 as part of the Obama administration’s effort to combat childhood obesity.

Two years earlier, Congress had passed the Hunger-Free Kids Act — a sweeping bill that aimed to ensure kids got healthy meals at school.

One of the ways the legislation sought to accomplish that was by requiring public schools to comply with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Those say that children should only have 1 percent milk or fat-free milk.

Two years later, the U.S. Department of Agriculture codified that law into rules for schools participating in the National School Lunch program, and whole and 2 percent milk was removed from the menu.

Current law says that can only change if the guidelines change.

They are reviewed and updated every five years by the USDA and the Department of Health and Human Services.

An advisory committee is meeting to review the latest scientific evidence before the next set of guidelines are released in 2020.

Bunting hopes to deliver the petition to the committee in hopes it will change their minds about whole milk and 2 percent milk.

Milk sales dropped by $1.1 billion between 2017 and 2018, from $14.7 billion to $13.6 billion, according to Dairy Farmers of America.

As sales decline, more dairy farms are going out of business, and at record rates. Milk profits have been too low for most dairy farmers to earn an income since 2015.

5 thoughts on “Dairy farmers implore Congress to allow public schools to serve whole milk again”

  1. Talk about Brain Development….

    Whole milk and other saturated fats just make you smarter…. there is no doubt.

    > . . . Two forms of fat that are vitally important for brain health are cholesterol and saturated fat. In the Mayo Clinic study mentioned above, it was found that those individuals consuming the most saturated fat experienced a 36% reduction in risk for developing dementia. And this comes on the heels of data now indicating that saturated fat consumption has absolutely no relevance in the area of cardiovascular risk as recently described by Dr. Glen Lawrence in the journal, Advances in Nutrition.

  2. Mmmm…a small carton of whole milk, fresh rolls made daily at the school by the lunch ladies, spaghetti with red sauce with a side of green beans..all for 35 cents…for another dime you could add an ice cream sandwich from the frozen cart. Gym class 3 x a week and after school sports…always walking to and from school, playing with friends outside after school, riding my bike to the post office to pick up the mail…no video games, limited TV, no smart phones. Mothers home, fathers able to support family of 6 on one income …seems surreal these days.

  3. That was a stupid restriction from the beginning. One cup of whole milk is simply not going to make a difference. Drop the carbs and the kids will lose weight … but carbs are cheap, so parents and schools load the kids up with them.
    Michelle was a mess. Barack was a mess. This meaningless dietary restriction is just further proof.

  4. I am so glad I survived my time in school. Especially after eating yeast rolls with REAL butter and chasing it down with whole milk.
    I’m even more glad that I got out of school before some tranny married to a foreign muslim got involved with the school food.

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