Vegan Options for all LAUSD schools

In 2017, LAUSD began a vegan pilot program for a select number of high schools in the district including Theodore Roosevelt High School, Fairfax High School, Phineas Banning High School, Crenshaw High School, Sylmar High School, and Huntington Park High School. The district implemented a vegan menu that provided food items such as Monday Vegan Chili & Tortilla Chips, Tuesday Teriyaki Veggie Sandwich, Wednesday Bean Tamale, Thursday, Italian Sub Sausage, Friday Vegan Burger. According to LAUSD vegan report (2018), about 13% of LAUSD students participated in the vegan pilot program. Regardless of the low percentage of students participating in the program, positive reviews on the vegan options remained constant throughout the year. With the positive reviews on the new vegan options, students are less likely to throw away the food. The positive reviews on the new vegan items caused the district to include 36 more LAUSD high schools into the vegan pilot program in 2018-19. About 42 LAUSD high schools participate in the program today. With the vegan pilot program's success, we ask LAUSD to have vegan options for all schools in the district. Implementing vegan alternatives to all LAUSD schools benefits not only the health rate among students but also improves the environment. Throughout 2005-2016, the CDC conducted research among young adolescents and adults on prediabetes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concluded that 1 out of 4 American adults has prediabetes (24%), including 1 out of 5 for adolescents (18%). Vegan options reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, stroke, and colon cancer. In 2013, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported that animal agriculture contributes to 14.5% of greenhouse emissions. The high percentage of Greenhouse gases in animal agriculture is primarily due to the growing consumer demand for meat. The United States Department of Agriculture reports 9.59 billion land animals killed in 2018. Offering vegan options to all LAUSD schools can allow students to have a healthy lifestyle and improves the environmental crisis the world is currently in. By providing vegan options at all LAUSD schools, the district becomes more inclusive, since most people can eat vegan meals. Students who make the compassionate choice to eat vegan meals for personal, religious, environmental, animal rights, or health reasons should not be discriminated against, especially with the success of the vegan pilot program.

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