I promise I won’t turn The Lunch Tray into “all-slime-all-the-time,” but I wanted to update you about the petition started here on Tuesday morning seeking to ban “pink slime” in school food:
Latest Signature Count
Our Change.org petition just hit 3,600 signatures at the time of this writing. I’m awestruck that we’ve reached this point in only two days and of course I have YOU, the TLT readership, to thank for getting the social media ball rolling so effectively.
More Media Coverage
I appeared on local Houston news last night to discuss pink slime and the petition. You can see that segment here and I’d like to thank reporter Amy Davis for giving me the opportunity. The petition was also mentioned in the Washington Post online yesterday, and I’m scheduled to speak on Spanish language radio in San Francisco on Monday. (Cómo se dice “pink slime” en español?).
Meanwhile, I had a great talk with the people at Change.org and was told they plan to actively promote the petition by sending out information to the press. That should mean even more exposure for the petition in the coming days.
And The Daily reporter David Knowles, who on Monday first broke the story of USDA’s most recent purchase of slime-containing beef for schools, has been incredibly supportive of the petition by writing about it yesterday and mentioning it in his own interviews.
A Good Article on Slime
Finally, I know I’m preaching to the choir here, but if anyone needs convincing that pink slime is some really bad stuff, writer Tom Philpott had a great piece about it yesterday on Mother Jones.
I’ll return to covering other kid-and-food news for The Lunch Tray, but I’ll continue my “Pink Slime Watch” by posting petition updates when I have anything significant to share.
Thank you again, TLT readers, for your continued support.