Who Knows Best
So there is a fight going on in Washington DC. Not the budget fight, we have all heard and hopefully know about that (to be discussed later). The fight I am a talking about is over school lunches.
Earlier this year the Agriculture Department Proposed new lunch standards, these standards include limiting the use of potatoes on the lunch line, and putting new restrictions on the amount of sodium and boosting the use of whole grains. In a direct fight with the Obama administration congress released a final version of it spending bill that would essentially reverse the new standards. Of course our 9 year olds would be on the side of congress, as this bill would allow pizzas and French fries to remain on the menu.
The bill would block or delay all of the standards for healthlier school lunch. The most ridiculous thing this bill will do is to allow tomato paste on pizza to be counted as a vegetable. USDA wants only to count half-cup of tomato paste or more as vegetable, and a serving of pizza has less than that. Didn’t we try this some 30 years ago?
The food companies that produce frozen pizza for the school, the potato growers and the salt industry requested the change and has been lobbying Congress.