Obama: “I’m open to any advice, whether it comes from a Democrat, Republican or Vegetarian.”

Via Waylon Lewis
on Feb 14, 2009
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Remember sloppy joes? Burgers that looked like they’d been dead since the prior decade? Chicken and fish sticks that had disappeared into golden fatty fried oil? Mmmmmm…school lunch, oh how I don’t miss you.

We’ve all thought about the horrible effect school lunches have on our children’s health. (What we got here is the obese-est generation in history). But have you thought about the ecoimpact of our school lunches? Below is a simple idea that would solve both conundrums before you can say Eat Food, Not too Much, Mostly Plants.

This just in from our veggie vegan celeb-obsessed eco friends over Ecorazzi:


Earlier this week, President Obama said that he was “open to any idea, whether it comes from a Democrat or a Republican or a vegetarian.” Guess who was listening?

PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk has sent a letter to the White House urging the Obama administration to take a closer look at school lunches — and send them in a more veggie direction. “Teaching our children the benefits of vegetarian meals would save animals, help stop climate change, and help keep kids at a healthy weight as well as help them avoid our nation’s biggest and most costly killers—cancer, heart disease, and obesity,” she writes. “If promoting a vegetarian diet isn’t already part of the proposed stimulus package, it should be.”

I couldn’t agree more. I have no idea what the state of school lunches is like today, but 12 years ago I remember it being a mostly meaty affair. Would be great to see much more emphasis on local, organic, and vegetarian dishes for the nation’s children.


February 12, 2009
The Honorable Barack Obama
President of the United States
The White House
Dear Mr. President,

On behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and our more than 2 million members and supporters, thank you for saying that your administration is open to any idea, whether from “a Democrat or a Republican or a vegetarian.” May I suggest an idea that would indisputably bolster the economy, reduce work days lost, improve the health of our nation’s children, reduce medical costs, and spare millions of animals from needless suffering? Please direct the U.S. Department of Agriculture to…

…click over to Ecorazzi for the rest.


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


3 Responses to “Obama: “I’m open to any advice, whether it comes from a Democrat, Republican or Vegetarian.””

  1. John Joseph says:

    Improving quality of school lunches nationwide should be a national priority – they don’t have to be vegetarian, but fresh, healthy, local and have a veggie option. Kids will perform better in school, need less ritalin or other meds for ADHD and be happier human beings!

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  3. kelly says:

    Not sure if Obama is really interested in "listening" to vegetarians! He's sorta neglected his Twitter account. And he still allows corporate-run farms to run (mass methane actually harms/kills animals before they get to the slaughterhouse).

    But if he is listening, he needs to consider reviewing and reforming FDA and EPA. FDA and EPA are approving things that kill nutrition of food and reducing "value" of soil. Because good vege is dependent on good soil which has between 70 to 90 elements. Conventional soil that uses chemical pesticide affects the plants/trees that grow in them.

    As for Peta, they are doing a good job. Too many people think that the meat we eat had once an enjoyable life before they were killed.

    P.S. I have stumbled your article!!! More need to know!!!! KEEP BLOGGING – you have my support!!