After five school districts in Minnesota campaigned to raise awareness about genetically modified foods last week, each plans to take action to "reduce GMO content in school meals."
Nov. 5 was GMO Awareness Day and schools in Hopkins, Minneapolis, Orono, Shakopee and Westonka used the day to take the necessary steps to educate students and families about GMOs. Schools in the district also offered non-GMO menu options during lunch, according to a press release.
While various staff members within the district first started talking about reducing GMOs in school lunches and raising awareness about GMOs back in April, they decided to use GMO Awareness Day to introduce their efforts and engage their communities in raising awareness. Because ultimately, supporting students "long-term health" is the goal of the school districts, according to a press release.
"Many of us are already working to reduce food dyes and additives and bring in produce from local farms," Bertrand Weber, Director of Culinary and Nutrition Services at the Minneapolis Public Schools, said in a press release.
Along with these reductions, school nutrition directors in the five school districts are also switching to non-GMO cooking oils and several other GMO ingredients. While most of the U.S.'s corn, soy and sugar beet crops are generically modified, Minnesota's school districts are determined to educate its students about GMOs.
"Our students will grow up to make their own decisions about the foods they eat, so this is an opportunity for education."
Will other school districts follow Minnesota's lead?