ACTION TODAY: Back to School for Better Milk

September 16, 2009 at 9:12 am

We received an alert from Food and Water Watch about their school milk campaign that we’ve featured in the past.

They’re urging everyone to call their Congressperson today and request sponsorship of an amendment to the Child Nutrition Act to allow schools to purchase rBGH-free milk. Locally, Evanston schools have already gone rBGH free.

From “Food and Water Watch”:

As millions of kids head back to school, it’s time to expel the hormones from school milk. That’s why we’re having our “Back to School with Better Milk” Day of Action tomorrow, September 16th.

All across the country, folks will call Congress to demand that milk free from artificial hormones be served in schools. Will you join in?

The artificial hormone rBGH poses health risks to cows and humans. Besides the documented increase of infections in dairy cows injected with rBGH, which necessitates increased use of antibiotics, there are ongoing questions about links to cancer in humans. Despite all this, one in five pints of school milk comes from cows treated with rBGH. It’s time for Congress to stand up for children’s health and allow schools to serve healthy milk, without artificial hormones.

Over the summer we put a lot of pressure on Congress to expel the hormones from school milk. With our “Healthy School Milk or Bust” tour through the Midwest, district meetings with members of Congress across the country, and a petition with over 30,000 signatures, we’ve certainly got their attention. With the Child Nutrition Act up for re-authorization this year, we need to keep the heat on Congress. Can you make a quick call tomorrow?