Youth and Education news
Volume 2, December 2011
Pizza is a Vegetable. Really Congress?
Washington D.C. The House and the Senate voted on a joint agriculture spending bill that blocks stringent school meal standards. The new rules would:
Optimists had hoped the new food map
would lead to a
healthy federal school lunch program based on the
Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act signed into law
last December. Instead, the new bill goes against
healthy dietary guidelines set by the
U.S. Department of Agriculture. Those
recommendations call for limiting potatoes,
processed foods and sodium. It also calls for boosting whole
grains and fresh vegetables.
Congress's new agriculture bill followed intense lobbying from the pizza and French fry industries. The frozen food industry is claiming a victory. The trade group, American Frozen Food Institute, released a statement that “commends” appropriators for their “balanced approach to implementing new school meal standards.”
“This new effort to undermine school nutrition regulations raises national security concerns,” said Amy Dawson Taggart, director of the nonprofit Mission: Readiness.
Mission: Readiness is a nonpartisan, national security organization led by over 250 retired generals, admirals, and senior military leaders. Their concern is ensuring the future of the U.S. military. Currently 25% of the population is unfit for service because of obesity.
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