For most of us, school lunches were not all that. If you were lucky you got to go off campus for lunch in high school and grab some fast food instead of eating the mystery meatloaf prepared by your favorite lunch lady. Can you imagine going to a school with vegan and plant-based only food options?
Well, the students of 4 school districts in Brazil will be getting cafeteria meals with plant-based foods by 2019 thanks to the Sustainable School project. The project aims to reduce the environmental impact of animal agriculture in the region, combat Brazil’s growing obesity rates, and educate students about the plight of animals raised for food. It will benefit 30,000 children and reduce the consumption of animal products by 25 percent each semester in schools located in the northeastern state of Bahia.
Four school district in Serrinha, Barroca, Teofilândia, and Biritinga in the northeastern state of Bahia have committed to replacing their cafeteria food with healthier options.
“Providing our school districts with plant-based meals will help save environmental and public financial resources, allow for a future of healthy adults, and build a fair world for the animals.” – Leticia Baird (Sustainable School’s Program Leader)
HSI has been working with schools and local nutritionists to make this two-year experimental program a success. Health professionals plan to monitor the long-term health of students post implementation of the program. Plant-based diets have been proven to:
- Lower Blood Pressure
- Lower Cholesterol
- Better Blood Sugar
- Help Weight Loss
- Better Mental Health/Focus
We are excited to see how this program changes the lives of these Brazilian children. Do you think America would ever adopt this campaign for our schools? Comment below!