Tufts University School of Nutrition and Science Policy has a bone to pick with Americans eating meat. Over the last few years, a variety of absurd, agenda-driven initiatives varying from food nutrient scores like the Food Compass to a think tank powered by Tufts alumni, are all aiming towards finding a way to convince politicians in America and elsewhere to make it harder and harder for Americans to get their hands on meat.
Alexandra Stern, a researcher from the Tufts School of Nutrition and Science Policy, has targeted America’s children in the recent paper this Ivy-League adjacent school has released on meat consumption in school lunches. Predictably, this is done in the name of preventing Climate Change, or other harmful environmental impacts.
In the paper recently published by Stern, a Ph.D. candidate, she presents the argument that the United States National School Lunch Program (NLSP) could cut “40% of the environmental impacts of US school lunches,” by reducing meat options for children and replacing them with whole grains.
In her introduction Stern explains, quite accidentally, why no rational human should consider her compilation of precise calculations and published references as anything other than madness when she writes…
“the NSLP is regularly assessed for cost and nutritional quality; however, the aggregate environmental impacts of producing the food for this program are not known. Baseline estimates of the environmental impacts of food served in the NSLP are needed to design menus and make policy recommendations, which will reduce the environmental impacts of the program and help students develop preferences aligned with sustainable dietary patterns.”
Yes, school lunches are assessed for cost to the taxpayer, and nutritional quality for their kids, but instead, environmental impacts should be estimated in order to remove an unknown level of abstract harm from them, and to try and control students’ future dietary patterns, rather than letting them form their own opinions.
What are Stern’s findings? “the environmental impacts of the US National School Lunch Program could be reduced by serving less meat and more whole grains”.
This comes at a time when meat, widely proven to be the richest source of bioavailable amino acids, choline, calcium, and other key nutrients, (more on that later) is not only becoming more expensive, but needed now more than ever as Americans, including the most economically-vulnerable groups, are suffering from a double nutritional whammy of abundance of empty calories, and key nutrient deficiencies.