The federal nutrition programs are a major provider of milk to our nation's school-age children. According to the National Milk Producers Federation, nearly 430 million gallons of milk were distributed through the National School Breakfast, Lunch and Special Milk programs during the 2005-2006 school year. Unfortunately, a significant amount of this milk may have been produced with artificial growth hormones.
The artificial growth hormone rBGH, used to increase milk production, is unhealthy for cows and may be linked with some types of cancer in humans. RBGH is already banned in some countries, and U.S. consumers are increasingly opting for milk produced without it. Now, companies may be looking to school lunch programs as an outlet for milk consumers don't want.
We can't let pharmaceutical companies and corporate agribusiness dictate what's best for our kids! Urge Congress to ensure all schools have the option to choose milk that is free of rBGH!
Dear Member of Congress,
I urge you to include language in the Child Nutrition Act stating that schools and other federal feeding programs can purchase artificial hormone-free milk and organic milk.
Schoolchildren deserve milk that is produced without controversial products like rBGH, and school food service directors deserve clear guidance on their right to request rBGH-free milk.
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