(WBNG) — Dairy farmers and local legislators are asking for answers after a recent proposal to ban chocolate milk in New York City schools.
Legislators say the ban would greatly hurt the dairy industry of the Southern Tier. Local dairy farmer Judi Whittaker of Whittaker Farms is concerned about the proposal.
“Why would you consider taking choices from children that is encouraging them to consumer a healthy product, white or chocolate, why would you take a choice away from a child like that,” said Whittaker.
Whittaker Farms has been in business for over 100 years, but the potential ban, would greatly hurt sales.
“It’s all going to affect us, because if they take away the chocolate component, that’s less consumption that’ll be going on. It’s going to lower consumption and the amount of milk they’ll be buying,” said Whittaker.
Legislators on both sides of the aisle, are calling the ban ridiculous, slamming New York City Bill DeBlasio.
“I don’t know how someone running for president expects to relate to folks in rural Iowa, when you’re sticking it to dairy farmers in upstate New York, your home state. Recognize the important nutritional benefits that chocolate milk provides, and make sure it’s an option for students in New York City schools,” said Representative Anthony Brindisi.