Jul 19, 2023
In April of 2023, today’s guest, Marielle Williamson, planned to hold an event for fellow students at Eagle Rock High School to promote the benefits of plant milks and highlight the consequences of dairy milk consumption and production. However, the school’s administration informed her she could only promote the benefits of plant milks if she did so for dairy milk, too, citing a federal law stating any information that could directly or indirectly restrict the sale or marketing of cow’s milk on school campuses is prohibited. So, on May 2nd of this year, a lawsuit was filed against her school district and the USDA on Marielle’s behalf for violating her First Amendment rights.
Tune in to this very special episode to hear the
remarkable story of an exceptionally courageous student who’s
taking a stand against government corruption and corporate
“And then, the plant-based milk, which I’m lucky that my school offers plant-based milk, but there’s only like two or three of them. They run out like that. And there are also– Two or three cartons, or two or three kinds of milk, plant milk? Cartons. Cartons. Oh my gosh. For all hundreds of you? Yeah, and even then, it’s hidden. I say hidden. I don’t know if it’s intentional or not. It’s behind all of the colorful cow’s milk, behind like a wall, where only the cafeteria person can go around and open it and grab you yours, and you can only get it if you have a doctor’s note, or a medical note, stating that you have a medical condition signed by a doctor or parent.” – Marielle Williamson
What we discuss in this episode:
Why Marielle chose to adopt a vegan diet.
How Marielle’s family responded to her transition to veganism.
How cow’s milk has been promoted in Marielle’s high school, and her efforts to promote plant milks.
A brief history of the National School Lunch Program.
How dairy is being pushed on children despite 70-95 percent of students being unable to digest it.
How the USDA prevents school administrators from providing healthier alternatives to students.
Why soy milk is the healthy alternative to dairy.
Marielle’s lawsuit and what she hopes it accomplishes.
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