Greening Eggs and Ham: Using the National Environmental Policy Act to Assess Animal Agricultural Pollution From the National School Lunch Program

27 Pages Posted: 18 Nov 2018 Last revised: 22 Nov 2018

Date Written: October 27, 2018

Abstract

Using the National School Lunch Program as an example, this paper explains how an advocate could use the National Environmental Policy Act to address pollution from concentrated animal feeding operations. Part I provides necessary background information. It outlines the school lunch structure and details the environmental and human health harms of factory farming. Part II describes applicable environmental regulations and explains why traditional environmental tools fail to effectively regulate factory-farm pollution. Part III introduces National Environmental Policy Act procedures within the context of the National School Lunch Program and explains why the United States Department of Agriculture should complete an environmental impact statement for school lunch program procurement. Part IV argues that advocates should challenge the Department of Agriculture’s inaction and outlines a litigation strategy.

Keywords: animal agriculture, pollution, school lunch program

JEL Classification: K19

Suggested Citation

McCarthy, Julia, Greening Eggs and Ham: Using the National Environmental Policy Act to Assess Animal Agricultural Pollution From the National School Lunch Program (October 27, 2018). Vermont Journal of Environmental Law, Vol. 19, No. 2, 2018, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3273949

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