New York could soon be a leader in combating climate change while improving the health of our school children. Recently introduced state legislation would provide plant-based food options upon request to students in New York public schools.
Ask your state legislators to cosponsor this important legislation.
This simple, affordable measure would allow every student and staff member in New York public schools to access healthy, plant-based foods. Fruits, vegetables, grains and legumes are rich in antioxidants, phytochemicals and fiber that help protect against disease, reduce the risk for severe outcomes from diseases like COVID-19, and promote a healthy body weight.
Offering plant-based options can also make a big difference in our efforts to tackle the climate crisis. Meat-heavy menus put significant pressure on the planet: At least 16% of global greenhouse gases are produced by animal agriculture.
Urge your legislators to support state bills S. 1726 and A. 301.