IDFA Vice President Cary Frye appeared last night on Washington, D.C.'s, nightly news to counter calls to take milk and cheese out of school cafeterias made recently by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. PCRM has filed a petition with the U.S. Department of Agriculture with a request to remove milk and cheese as required items in the National School Lunch Program.
PCRM claims that school children can obtain sufficient calcium from other foods. The activist group also is running ads in D.C. metro stations to advocate for removing dairy products from schools.
In the interview, Frye called the anti-milk campaign sensationalist and clearly stated that PCRM has at its foundation an animal-rights agenda. She countered the claim about calcium by comparing the nutrients in milk to other calcium-rich foods.
"If you wanted to make up the available calcium in one cup of milk, you would need 13 servings of pinto beans or 15 one-half cup servings of spinach," Frye said. "I don't think kids are going to eat that much."