Monday, November 21, 2011

School Lunches

How sad is it that there is a real food fight going on between Congress and the Obama administration on what to feed our kids in school.   The debate is around the free lunch program and what counts as a vegetable.  It seems Congress has sided with ConAgra foods in deeming pizza sauce a vegetable.  OMG! This is how bad it is getting.   Our politicians are so bought out that they have to agree that tomato paste should count as a vegetable.   One of their arguments (which is sadly valid) is that kids just throw away the other vegetables so pizza is all they will eat.  What chance does this country really have to fight the diabetes and obesity epidemic when we are down to one food group and that is crappy pizza?  And last I remember the tomato was actually a fruit!!!

7 comments:

DrBones said...

Some of us remember when Reagan wanted to make ketchup a vegetable....

Anonymous said...

I have noticed that when children are hungry, they will eat MOST things put in front of them. Given the choice between grilled chicken and nothing, they tend to eat the chicken. I don't think we chould be subsidizing poor choices.

Anonymous said...

As Dr. Bones pointed out, we have been through this before. At least tomato paste has a higher percentage of vegetable content than ketchup! Which goes to show, we need to find some method of prohibiting idiots from making decisions about which they know nothing. (sort of like insurance companies...)

Nathaniel Gilbert said...

Yes, I think a tomato is a fruit. The bigger issue, I think, is that instead of focusing on this ingredient, they should be taking other foods into account. Unless there's a nutritionist on the floor telling them what the perfect meal is and which exact amount of which ingredients need to be in their lunches, but I reckon that's going overboard. Although having an actual nutritionist to give some advice might not be so bad.

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