California School District is 1st in the U.S. to Serve Organic, GMO-Free Meals

Written by on January 16, 2016 in Food, Drink & Nutrition, Health with 34 Comments

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By Julie Fidler | Natural Society

In an effort to feed children the best quality food possible while promoting environmental health, a Bay Area school district has become the first in the nation to serve 100% organic meals to students.

Sausalito Marin City School District, just north of San Francisco, has ditched fried, greasy foods for healthy ones that are free of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) provided by Conscious Kitchen. The program was created by Turning Green, a nonprofit dedicated to “a systemic transformation of school dining, to the health and wellness of our children, and to a thriving future for our planet.” [1]

“FLOSN” is the foundation of Conscious Kitchen – Fresh, Local, Organic, Seasonal, Non-GMO.

The organic food is being served to 500 students at Bayside MLK Jr. Academy and the Willow Academy in Sausalito.

“Students everywhere are vulnerable to pesticide residues and unsafe environmental toxins,” says Judi Shils, Turning Green’s founder. “Not only does this program far exceed USDA nutritional standards, but it ties the health of our children to the health of our planet. It’s the first program to say that fundamentally, you cannot have one without the other.” [2]

Conscious Kitchen has been serving up all-natural, healthy lunches at Bayside since 2013, and Shils says it has positively impacted school attendance and reduced disciplinary issues.

Related: Taiwan Bans GMOs in School Meals Due to Health Risks

“That’s how we can begin to start making bodies healthy and minds healthy,” she explains.

The nonprofit says the students won’t just be receiving platefuls of nutritious food, they’ll also learn about what makes those meals so nutritious, and they’ll learn how to garden in the hopes that what they learn in school will carry on into their adult lives.

The program will also teach students about GMOs, which are found in 80% of the products found on store shelves.

The Edible Schoolyard Project, a nutritional nonprofit based in Berkeley, says that while it’s vital to feed children organic, nutritious food, it’s just as important to teach them about what they’re eating.

“Schools that incorporate an integrated approach to edible education—combining local, seasonal food procurement strategies with hands-on lessons taught in the classroom, kitchen, and garden—are far more likely to sustain healthy school meal initiatives,” says Liza Siegler, the organization’s head of partnerships and engagement. [3]

These California kids will walk out of elementary school with more knowledge concerning the dangers of GMOs and the value of organic food than the average adult walking down the street.

“Most people don’t realize that GMOs are everywhere, especially in processed foods,” Justin Everett, executive chef at Cavallo Point Lodge, who serves as the consulting chef for The Conscious Kitchen, tells EcoWatch. “By embracing fresh, local, organic, non-GMO food, this program successfully disrupts the cycle of unhealthy, pre-packaged, heat-and-serve meals that dominate school kitchens.”

By embracing fresh, local, organic, non-GMO food, this program successfully disrupts the cycle of unhealthy, pre-packaged, heat and serve meals that dominate school kitchens.

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  1.' Stephen J Younger says:

    And vaccination is compulsory ?

  2.' Robin Chesser Chaer Hackler says:

    Building stronger bodies, is also building stronger minds!

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  6.' Shina Ra says:

    Imani Wilson

  7.' Anand Maharaj says:

    Cool we

  8.' Tamar TheGem says:

    Kathleen Hancock

  9.' Jamie Larimore says:

    So fruits and veggies are supposed to sweeten the deal with mandatory immunizations? No thanks. I’ll homeschool and do both. Nice try tho Cali.

  10.' Chu Ke says:

    Yeah… That would be very productive and beneficial too.

  11. Anonymous says:


  12.' Mona Kandeler says:


  13.' Daniel Acosta Jr. says:

    Great, but will the children of the poorest school districts who need it the most get this food too?

  14.' Baba Loblaw says:

    I would rather the money go to educate our children. We pay so much money to the big muckety mucks but never to our teachers.

    •' Shawna Servantez says:

      schools nothing more than a system of government control…to create obedient slaves. what good is anything without your health…without school the world would be a better place. families would pull together and work together and stay together…outside the system they would be creative free thinkers and find their true purpose…

    •' Baba Loblaw says:

      This article has to do with taxpayer dollars. The government has no business when it comes to my health. All the organic packaged foods, rice, grains, dried fruits and nuts, etc will not prevent obesity if the child does no physical activity. Our tax dollars would be better spent on a physical education program. Our children need to get up and move!

  15.' Yoshie Okabe says:

    We are proud of realized innovated ideas. (^_^)

  16.' Eugenia Maldonado says:

    Good food = good grades, self esteem boost…the list goes on for the positive benefits.

  17.' Diana Rosen says:

    YES!!!! ?

  18.' Juanita Thomas says:

    I think kids should be home schooled to day to much going on theses days

  19.' Gus Garcia Jr. says:

    Not needed!

  20.' Eva Elyse says:

    April Hernandez

  21.' Aarti Gupta says:

    good efforts ….

  22.' Walter Okande says:


  23.' Cali Fever says:

    Read this earlier. This is amazing. I hope it’s truth.

  24.' Linda Too says:

    Yes of course

  25.' Michael Massey says:

    It means California school districts have a lot of money, organic food is expensive. Ironically, the kids in California will still go out to eat the non organic food or simply use vending machines if the school has them,

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