News Archive


White House takes first step toward transforming federal food procurement and service

This week the Biden administration released best practices to increase access to healthy and safely prepared food in federal facilities. Read More

House Committee Advances Child Nutrition Legislation

The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor advanced the Healthy Meals, Healthy Kids Act with a vote of 27-19. Read More

Friends of the Earth Applauds Child Nutrition Measures to Increase Plant-Based School Meal and Beverage Options

Today, the House introduced the “Healthy Meals, Healthy Kids Act” Child Nutrition Reauthorization legislation. Read More

Groups Celebrate California’s Historic Investments in Plant-based School Food

California adopted a $600 billion budget with historic investments in the state’s school meal program to expand healthy, plant-based meal options. Read More

Billie Eilish and Maggie Baird Take to Capitol Hill to Advocate for Plant-Based School Meals

Today, Grammy Award winning artist Billie Eilish and food justice and climate activist Maggie Baird spoke at a Capitol Hill briefing in support of the Healthy Future Students and Earth Act Read More

D.C. Becomes First in the Nation to Set GHG Reduction Target for Food Purchases

Earlier today, the D.C. Council unanimously passed the Green Food Purchasing Act of 2021 (Councilmember Mary Cheh – Ward 3). The legislation will measure and reduce the GHG emissions associated with the food that the city of D.C. purchases by 25%. Read More

New report: California school meals fall short on health and climate goals with meat-heavy menus

A first-of-its-kind analysis, the Friends of the Earth report offers substantial data to track progress towards healthy, climate-friendly school meals, recommending a shift to more plant-based entrees on kids’ lunch trays. Read More

New Legislation Could Make Maryland the First State to Set GHG Reduction Target for its Food Purchases

Senator Clarence Lam (D-Howard County) and Delegate Jim Gilchrist (D-Montgomery County) introduced first-of-its-kind state legislation this week to set a target of reducing emissions from the food the state and its public universities procure by 25% by 2030. Read More

New scholarship program for school food and nutrition professionals announced

Plant-based food is an essential pillar in the environmental movement and Friends of the Earth is delighted to reach out to the educational food community to find worthy recipients of these generous scholarships... Read More

California Senate Education Committee Approves Nation’s First Climate-Friendly Plant-Based School Lunch Program

For too long, our tax dollars have subsidized unhealthy, highly processed factory-farmed meat in school lunch. It’s encouraging to see support for healthier, climate-friendly plant-based alternatives... Read More