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PLANT THE FUTURE: The ‘Healthy Future Students and Earth Act’ provides for healthy and cruelty-free food choices

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The act would directly benefit young people, who are increasingly seeking out plant-forward, climate-friendlier foods, by providing a wider range of school meal options from which to choose.

ALDF: An estimated 9 billion land animals are raised and killed for food every year in the United States – many are subjected to immense cruelty. Whether motivated by concern for animals, the environment, or health, more and more consumers are choosing plant-based products.Students should have that choice too.

The Healthy Future Students and Earth Act (H.R. 4108) would help address this problem by providing voluntary grant funding to schools, enabling them to expand access to healthy, plant-based, environmentally friendlier food choices in school meals.

Because the factory farming industry is heavily subsidized by the government, schools may face budgetary obstacles that prevent them from offering more plant-forward options… The legislation would provide funding to procure plant protein and milk products, provide training and assistance for school staff, and offer nutrition education for students, among other benefits…

This bill is a win/win/win. It would directly benefit young people — who are increasingly seeking out plant-forward, climate-friendlier foods — by providing a wider range of school meal options from which to choose. Because animal-based foods have been linked to a higher risk for some health problems, such as diabetes and certain cancers, this legislation could provide long-term health benefits as well.

It would also benefit animals and the environment, because the majority of animal products that end up in school lunch programs are produced on inhumane and environmentally destructive factory farms. You can urge your U.S. Representative to support this bill by visiting the ALDF action center. SOURCE…

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