Brooklyn Borough President and NYC mayoral candidate Eric Adams is speaking out against a proposed rule change by the Trump administration that would affect school nutrition. Adams submitted research to the USDA.

The proposal, known as “meal flexibilities,” would increase access to one percent chocolate milk, cut whole grain serving requirements, and increase time for weak sodium reduction targets. Adams is working to promote healthy eating across Brooklyn, and the country.

“A new year means a renewed sense of purpose, and a promise to improve upon ourselves and our communities. Yet, the USDA’s recent proposal would devalue the quality of food served to those nutritionally insecure children and adults and negatively impact their health at a time when we can least afford it,” said Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams in an emailed statement. “We have seen the devastating impacts of COVID-19 on communities suffering from high rates of diet-related illnesses such as diabetes, obesity, and hypertension. Nutrition is a critical tool in our toolbox to fight this pandemic and improve the overall health of our borough and city. We can neither afford nor abide the human cost of nutritionally flexible school food.”

Reduction in access to healthy foods means that children don’t have access to healthful options. Adams notes that foods high in sugars are linked to obesity, where diets focused on whole grains and low in processed foods have been shown to lower the risk for colon cancer and Type 2 diabetes. Adam also added, “The proposal is a last ditch attempt to reinforce the current administration’s ties to the dairy, meat, grain, and sugar industries, which prioritize profit over people.”

Source: PBS NewsHour/YouTube

Adams told the New York Times in 2017 that he adopted a vegan diet. “I don’t want to become an annoying vegan,” he said. “My hope is that by having people focus on adding healthy things to their plates, rather than unhealthy things, they’ll eventually only have room for the healthy ones.”

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