How school food can serve a climate solution

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A new bill aims to fund plant-based entrée options for students that are healthier and more climate-friendly. Public procurement has played an essential role in bringing climate technologies such as wind and solar from niche to mainstream. It also could be key to scaling the plant-based ecosystem, lowering the carbon footprint of food production. Schools might be the public infrastructure soon kicking off this development. Environmental groups such as Friends of the Earth and Meatless Monday have been advocating for a shift to sustainable and healthy cafeteria food for years. Now, U.S. representatives Nydia Velázquez and Jamaal Bowman from New York have introduced the Healthy Future Students and Earth Pilot Program Act . The new bill — endorsed by over 100 environmental and social justice groups — aims to fund plant-based entrée options for students that are healthier, more climate-friendly and more culturally appropriate than the current choices. Impossible Foods, a plant-based meat company, is also betting on a new generation of sustainable eaters. It has recently secured Child Nutrition Labels for its burger, a milestone for entering the K-12 school food market. A closer look at the bill indicates its potential impact on carbon emissions, food justice and […]

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