Potential chocolate milk ban in New York City schools draws opposition from farmers

The state’s largest farm organization is warning New York City officials against a proposal to ban chocolate milk from school meals.

The New York Farm Bureau wrote in a letter this month to New York City Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza that banning chocolate milk won’t produce healthier lunches and will have a substantial negative effect on the state’s dairy farmers. The group notes that flavored milk accounts for two-thirds of the milk served in schools.

“There have been many studies that show the importance (of) dairy in children’s diets and the benefits of the vitamins it provides,” wrote NY Farm Bureau President David Fisher.

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