Tell the USDA: Schools should be commercial-free
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has proposed new guidelines that could help limit junk food marketing in schools. It’s a laudable effort -- but there’s a problem. As written, the USDA’s guidelines inadvertently open the door for increased advertising and marketing in schools -- the first time any federal agency has done so.
The USDA is urging schools only to limit junk food marketing. By attempting to set a ceiling that prohibits advertising for unhealthy foods, the USDA may set a floor that opens the floodgates for many other types of marketing in schools, setting a dangerous precedent that goes far beyond food.
Please urge the USDA to encourage schools to prohibit all advertising by adding your name to the public comment below.
Please note: Comments and signatures may be published on the USDA’s website.
For more information, please visit http://www.commercialfreechildhood.org/action/usda-commercialfreeschools