Elementary Schools in Tiny Texas Town Join Meatless Monday Movement, Texas Ag Commissioner Flips Out

September 9, 2014 at 3:05 PM Leave a comment

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Well folks, I’d say this makes it pretty clear that Todd Staples, Texas’s Agricultural Commissioner, works for the beef industry, not for the people of the Lone Star State.  Kids liking salad?  Fruit?  No way!

DRIPPING SPRINGS, Texas — “Meatless Monday” is just what it sounds like: A day without meat. It’s a trend happening across the nation, and Dripping Springs ISD is trying it out — and cooking up some controversy.

The international campaign encourages everyone to skip eating meat one day a week. Advocates say it can improve people’s health and the health of the planet.

On Monday’s menu at Rooster Springs Elementary School: cheese pizza, black bean burritos, vegetarian chili, cheese nachos and more.

The cheese sauce is made with real cheese. It comes from Land O’ Lakes, and it actually has incredible value as a protein product,” said John Crowley, director of Dripping Springs ISD’s Child Nutrition Services.

He said after talking with other school districts, including one in Los Angeles, he decided to give “Meatless Monday” a try.

“With more parents and kids asking for vegetarian choices, we just decided to give it a try in Dripping Springs for a year,” Crowley said. “We’re definitely not against meat. This is a pilot program we’ve decided to try this year and see how our kids do with it.”

It’s happening at the district’s three elementary school campuses, and it’s getting good reviews from some young critics.

“I think it’s pretty good,” said 10-year-old Avery. “They used to have a salad bar and I used to eat it every day instead of getting meat.”

But wait, yep, Texas’s Ag Commissioner is having a fit because the elementary schools in teeny tiny Dripping Springs, Texas  (pop. 1,788) are going meatless beefless one day a week:

But “Meatless Monday” is drawing criticism from Texas Agricultural Commissioner Todd Staples.

In an Austin American-Statesman editorial, Staples wrote, “restricting children’s meal choice to not include meat is irresponsible and has no place in our schools.”

He calls the meat-free campaign “an activist movement that seeks to eliminate meat from Americans’ diets seven days a week — tarting [sic] with Mondays.”


Actually, maybe we should thank good ol’ Todd Staples.  He undoubtedly promoted the Meatless Monday movement more by raising a stink about this than would have happened if he’d just kept his mouth shut.  Sheesh.  But thanks Todd!



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