Fox’s Steve Doocy: Schools should stop ‘brainwashing’ kids with ‘meatless Mondays’ plot
Fox News hosts Steve Doocy and Elisabeth Hasselbeck suggested on Monday that schools that had a meatless menu one day a week were “brainwashing” children with “propaganda.”
In an op-ed for the Austin American-Statesman last week, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples asserted that “meatless Mondays” were part of a “carefully orchestrated campaign” to turn students into vegetarians.
During an interview with Staples on Monday, Doocy wondered if “meatless Mondays are brainwashing.”
“Clearly, it is,” Staples agreed. “Because we know that a balanced diet is what children need. And the people that are pushing this are saying that having meatless Monday options is somehow a healthier option menu, and that it’s better for the environment.”
He argued that the idea was a plot conceived by “anti-animal agriculturalists who are trying to blame animals for some of our environmental problems.”
Staples added: “If they were really concerned about this, they would be promoting a ‘walk to school Wednesdays’ because transportation is much worse than any kind of ag production, but that’s absurd. That’s why they’re not doing it.”
“Interesting point there,” Hasselbeck noted. “Is there not choice here for parents? Why should our children be subjected to such propaganda?”
“They shouldn’t castigate one type of food category, and give the false impression to our kids that this is healthier for the environment and healthier for them as individuals,” Staples opined. “Our nation is just captivated by the whole Obamacare and national health care movement. We can use an opportunity to educate our kids with the right information, and not use our schools as a venue something that’s really not sound science, it’s not fact based.”
“Give ’em a choice,” Doocy concluded. “Sounds like sound advice.”
Watch the video below from Fox News’ Fox & Friends, broadcast Sept. 15, 2014.