Here we are approaching 2020 and our kids are still being served dairy milk by their favorite lunch lady. Not that it’s their fault, it’s federally regulated and mandated. Federal laws in the U.S still mandate that all schools will provide children with milk at each meal or face the loss of federal funds. How’s that for guilt?
Those responsible for this mandate have chosen to ignore the fact that- 30-50 million Americans are lactose intolerant, including up to 75 percent of African Americans and American Indians and 90 percent of Asian Americans. Oh, and don’t forget the link between dairy and cancer.
According to Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), drinking just two glasses of milk a day increased cancer risks to 60 percent.
So are you okay with the Federal mandate to provide all children with dairy milk? If you’re still on the fence, here is what the consumption of dairy leads to.
- Childhood onset (type one) diabetes
- Otitis Media (ear infections)
- Sinus congestion and Rhinitis
- Skin problems including rashes, dermatitis, eczema, hives and acne
- Digestive disturbance (including irritable bowel syndrome and Crohn’s disease)
- Arthritis and joint pain
- Cancer (lymphoma, leukemia)
Still not convinced, see some of dairy’s finest content here:
- Milk proteins – All dairy products, especially low or non-fat dairy products, contain abundant quantities of milk proteins. Milk proteins are the most commonly implicated causal factor in promoting the diseases listed above.
- Bacterial contamination – Dairy products are among the most common foods recalled by the FDA for contamination with bacteria such as salmonella, staphylococci, listeria, Ecoli 01573, and Mycobacterium paratuberculosis. Pasteurization kills most of the bacteria found in milk;however, in doing so, it creates viral fragments that may also be health compromising.
- Biological concentration of toxins – All animal products, including dairy products,biologically concentrate the various poisons, including pesticides and other environmental contaminants. The resulting meat or milk products have highly concentrated levels of these toxins.
- Hormones – In order to maximize milk production, dairy cows are routinely injected with recombinant bovine growth hormone (rbGH). This hormone dramatically increases milk production but also increases insulin-like growth factor-1 which has been shown to promote the growth of cancer cells.
- Antibiotics – Large quantities of antibiotics are given to dairy cattle and may be contributing to the increasing problems of antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria.
- Gut leakage – Dairy proteins appear to be particularly well suited to stimulating inappropriate immunological reactions when they are absorbed through an inflamed intestinal mucosa, a process commonly called “gut leakage.” in vulnerable patients a variety of inflammatory processes are aggravated and may be associated with many of the disease processes listed above.
- Environmental – The process of raising dairy cattle for milk and meat is a major user of fresh water and a leading contributor to both water and air pollution. Meat and dairy based diets are very hard on the environment.
- Moral and ethical – Some people believe that the involuntary incarceration of sentient beings is morally repugnant and refuse to participate in a practice they consider immoral and unethical.
Fantastic book, helps illustrate the dangers of dairy.
Fact sheet from the USDA, also backing the dairy mandate.
The Special Milk Program provides milk to children in schools, child care institutions and eligible camps that do not participate in other federal child nutrition meal service programs. The program reimburses schools and institutions for the milk they serve. Schools in the National School Lunch or School Breakfast Programs may also participate in the Special Milk Program to provide milk to children in half‐day pre‐kindergarten and kindergarten programs where children do not have access to the school meal programs.
The Food and Nutrition Service administers the program at the federal level. At the state level, the Special Milk Program is usually administered by state education agencies, which operate the program through agreements with school food authorities.
It is tough to make progress with this movement, even if the data is there. There is too much money invested and too much of an investment in the industry. It’s really only a matter of time before this changes.
What can we do now?
Start by educating your children on the effects of consuming dairy, they don’t have to drink or eat dairy, this is a choice. But, if you’re concerned with the federal mandate, start by contacting your local legislation, maybe with a petition. Hopefully there is someone that would listen. Getting someone to hear you, may start some conversations and those conversations, someday could lead to a vote.
- Dairy Management Inc. www.dairycheckoff.com
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