The MUSE School – all vegan, Calabasas, California.

One private early childhood-12 school in southern California has gone all the way, eliminating all meat and animal products from its cafeteria and offering an entirely plant-based menu.

The MUSE School in Calabasas, California, is believed to be the first primary or secondary school in the nation to go entirely vegan.

MUSE was founded by actress Suzy Amis Cameron and her sister Rebecca Amis in 2006, with a focus on sustainability. According to spokeswoman Jennifer Mau, MUSE’s board and administration made the decision to go vegan last spring; all lettuce and nearly half of the produce will be sourced from on-campus gardens and greenhouses thanks to the school’s seed-to-table initiative, which grows about 200 different varieties.

MUSE was already moving toward the change, serving entirely plant-based meals one day a week to its 150 students beginning in September 2013. Last fall, it upped that number to two days a week, plus two days of vegetarian-friendly fare.

Parents’ response to the initiative has been largely positive, Mau says.

“The way we eat is the easiest and most impactful way we can alter our carbon footprint as a school,” MUSE’s head of school Jeff King said in a statement. “The largest consumers of water are not people but cattle. To truly deliver our mission of sustainability, we had to find a sustainable way of eating. The answer was to create our ‘One Meal a Day for the Planet’ program — plant-based lunches and snacks — for our students.”

Nutritionists interviewed applauded MUSE’s move away from the typically highly processed foods and drinks that too often remain standard American cafeteria fare. Going vegan not only has an environmental impact, but also a health one — reducing risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes, as well as curbing obesity.

A vegan diet is in line with the health world’s recommendation to eat mostly (fruits, vegetables, and grains), nuts and seeds, and In order to be successful and healthy ought to offer a variety of choices. Menus must be planned to be adequate in calories, protein, and variety.

Mau, noting that students are only eating one meal a day at MUSE, said school officials are very careful about their approach to plant-based proteins in an effort to ensure the meals are as nutritious as possible.

Between healthy eating and physical exercise and improved student behaviour and academic performance. It’s evidence, that MUSE’s efforts are beneficial for their students in ways beyond their physical health.

Many more schools are now becoming aware of the key benefits that a vegan meal plan offers it’s students, and are preparing to follow suit.

More reasons to go vegan.

In China 7000 magnificent moon bears, their limbs torn off in traps are imprisoned for 26 years as a catheter drains bile into a bucket which the Chinese drink. 26 years the bears go insane.

In Korea dogs are beaten to death in the market place because the butchers believe that pain and suffering makes the meat taste.

In South Africa 5000 tamed orphaned lions are killed with guns, spears or torn apart and they call it sport.

In Canada 300 000 baby seal pups are clubbed and skinned alive on the ice – their tiny hearts still beating.

In Australia animals are sent on death ships to the middle east where their eyes are stabbed out and their tendons are slashed.

In Asia dogs are suspended on hooks and skinned alive for fur trim coats in the west.

We treat our oceans as our private pantry and as a public toilet.  The Pacific is now so full of junk and plastic and human feces – it has created a floating island bigger than India.

Dolphins and whales are stabbed to death in the shallows of Japan, Denmark, Norway, Iceland and huge bays are blood red.

Factory farms spew chemicals into the oceans creating hippoctic dead zones totalling one million square kilometres. Our oceans are so full of toxic acids – it’s killing coral, ocean animals and plants.

So called enviable dairy calves who cannot be sold for veal are killed by farther –  hitting them on the head with a hammer or jumping on their ribs and crushing their hearts.

Billions of bouncing little chicks are mechanically ground up in mincers simply because they are male.

Religious sacrifices around the world make the 21 st century look like the new dark ages.

Children around the world suffer and starve because their crop plants now produce meat for farmers.

The oceans are dying in our time. By 2048 all of our fisheries shall be dead – poisoned by the chemicals by the livestock industry. Trillions of fish are ground up into pellets to feed to livestock. Vegetarian cows are now the world largest ocean predators.

In human history only one hundred human beings have ever lived. Seven Billion humans live today and yet we humans torture and kill 2 billion sentient living beings every week.

10 000 species are wiped out every year because of the actions of one species and we are now facing the sixth mass extinction in cosmological history. If any other organism did this a biologist would call it a virus.

It is a crime of unimaginable proportions.

The world is crying out for only two things – leadership and the truth. Listen to the friends who tell you the truth – even if it hurts.

All it takes is for good people to do nothing. Doing nothing is no longer an option.

A dog is a pig – is a bear – is a boy.

~ Active Vegan ~

Animal rights now is the greatest social justice issue since the abolition of slavery.

Wonderful words from Philip Wollen  :

“You are staging these International marches for our innocent animal cousins, incarcerated and on death row. You are sending out a clarion call that we are earthlings, no longer blind to injustice. You are also sending out other messages, we are no longer voiceless, we are no longer powerless, we are no longer spineless. We will stand up to justice whenever, and wherever, and to whomever it is denied, because animal rights now it the greatest social justice issue since the abolition of slavery. Never doubt that a few committed people can change the world, indeed it is the only thing that ever has. We are committed, and we are no longer few. Our ranks are growing rapidly every day. In human history only 100 billion humans have ever lived, 7 billion are alive today, and yet we kill and torture 2 billion sentient animals every week. This is a crime of unimaginable proportions. The animal industrial complexes is killing innocent animals and unsuspecting consumers, our children, and our fragile environment. If these ignoble industries had to pay the cost of their externalities, they would go bankrupt. They survive only because others are picking up the tab to their crimes. There is nothing more powerful than an idea who’s time has come. There is nothing more destructive who’s time has passed. It is time for every educated, enlightened, and responsible citizen to get off the meat and dairy drug. The pedlars of these vile products have had their day, and their time is past. Best wishes to every participant, in every march, in every country today. You have chosen not to relive history, you are making history, and you are on the right side of history, and in time to come, humanity will owe you a debt of gratitude, they could never repay. Humble thanks and admiration to all”.–YzsNzEAg

Thank you.

~ Active Vegan ~

A step in the right direction

Public schools generally do not have very many healthy food options for children to choose from, however, recently we’ve seen changes with some schools across the nation. It appears that there are a few schools making more effort to go above and beyond to serve healthier lunch options, such as the Lincoln Public schools. While this is great, we need to see more of it.

In fact, one teacher from the Bronx is making healthy eating fun and educational for his students and now we find two public schools in New York have taken their school menu much more seriously!

Two New York Public schools adopted a 100% vegetarian menu

In January 2013, Public School 244 in Queens, New York was the first school in the nation to adopt a 100% vegetarian menu, serving kids tofu wraps, veggie chili, fresh fruits, and more. At first the school wanted to offer healthier food options and they took in parents’ and other school officials’ opinions into consideration.

This school started serving vegetarian meals three times a week, then increased it to four times a week. It was such a success that the school went 100% vegetarian every single day! Principal Robert Groff says, “We believe that, if we taught kids to make healthy choices, it would help them to grow as students and well-rounded children.”

Apparently this success has reached out to Peck Slip School in lower Manhattan, New York. Amie Hamlin, the executive director of New York Coalition for Healthy School Food, says, “More schools are asking for vegetarian menus, in order to increase their students’ intake of whole plant foods, which they understand are associated with lower BMI, better health, less sick days, and increased concentration.”

Improved test scores and longer attention span

After Public School 244 have implemented an all-vegetarian menu, the school officials not only noticed that the kids love eating the food from the cafeteria, but also have shown improved test scores and longer attention spans. What’s interesting is that even though kids can bring food from home, approximately 90% of them prefer eating from the cafeteria!

After results proved themselves, Peck Slip School’s principal, Maggie Siena, decided to get on board with the action as well. She says, “We decided to implement the vegetarian menu because of the health benefits of a diet including more legumes, vegetables, and whole grains and our concerns about the environmental impact of meat production.”

“Not only is it beneficial, but delicious too! “As it turns out the vegetarian dishes are pretty delicious, too – we are seeing more kids trying and liking chickpeas, brown rice, and whole wheat pasta. Kale salad was a huge hit,” says Siena.

A rising number of vegetarians and vegans

The numbers of vegetarians and vegans are on the rise, whether it’s for health, environmental, or animal rights issues. When it comes to health, more people are realizing how vital whole foods are to keeping us strong and productive, especially for young children. Schools are recognizing it much more than ever before and the results prove it.

The New York Coalition for Health School Food, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to teach and implement a whole-foods diet in schools across the New York City area, has been involved in the development of a vegetarian menu for both of these public schools.

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