In Case You Missed it: Commissioner Staples Authors Editorial in Austin American-Statesman Condemning School Policies Calling for “Meatless Mondays” (9/8/2014)

AUSTIN – Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples wrote an editorial for the Austin American-Statesman about keeping “Meatless Monday” campaigns out of Texas schools and restricting children’s lunches. Below is an excerpt followed by a link to the full column.

“Recently, I learned some Texas school districts, such as Dripping Springs ISD, have adopted a policy deemed ‘Meatless Mondays’ for some of their campuses. These actions have me very concerned.

“Restricting children’s meal choice to not include meat is irresponsible and has no place in our schools. This activist movement called ‘Meatless Mondays’ is a carefully-orchestrated campaign that seeks to eliminate meat from Americans’ diets seven days a week — starting with Mondays.

“For those Texans who choose not to eat meat, I say more power to you. If you want to take the personal challenge to go meatless on Mondays, go right ahead. However, we cannot force such an agenda-driven diet on anyone who has not chosen such a diet — especially our school children.”

To read the Commissioner’s full column, click here.