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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

Food justice activists hold rally & deliver over 100,000 petition signatures urging Aramark to transition to a more just and sustainable food supply model

Big Food corporations such as Aramark are complicit in many of our biggest problems: climate change, economic inequality, and racial injustice. 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

New Report Card Grades Maryland School Districts’ Commitment to Improving Nutrition and Ensuring Access to Safe Water in Schools

Friends of the Earth is excited to partner with Healthy School Food Maryland to encourage school districts to serve more healthy, plant-rich entrees. Emphasizing vegetables, fruits and plant-based proteins on school lunch menus will improve student health, as well as the health of our planet Read More

California Assembly Approves Nation’s First Plant-Based School Lunch Program

In a first-ever push to support climate-friendly school food, the California Assembly today approved legislation to provide new state funding to reimburse K-12 public schools for the costs of expanding their plant-based food and beverage offerings. Read More

Friends of the Earth and Tisch Food Center convene “Greening School Food” experts in northeast regional forum in Albany

Following New York City’s recent announcement to implement Meatless Mondays and slash red meat purchases by 50 percent in its school system, the event is designed to share best practices from across the northeast region for improving school menus for better health outcomes and reduced climate impacts. Read More

Friends of the Earth Applauds New York City for Pledging to Cut Meat Purchases in its Green New Deal

New York City is strengthening its climate leadership by acknowledging the importance of slashing consumption-based greenhouse gas emissions associated with factory farmed meat. Eliminating processed meat and cutting red meat purchases will pay dividends for the health of future generations and the planet. Read More