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October 31, 2014

Food Fight Begins Over Healthy Food Nutrition Standards

Politico: “The House Appropriations Committee voted, 31-18, Thursday to advance a fiscal 2015 agriculture spending bill with a controversial rider that would allow schools to opt out of nutrition rules requiring more fruits and vegetables, less sodium and more whole grain-rich products if they are losing money from the healthier meals.”

“The move sets up what promises to be a contentious conference between the House and Senate bills, although the measures have yet to clear either chamber.”

New York Times: Agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack said on Wednesday “that claims that the nutrition rules had led to a decline in schools participating in lunch and breakfast programs were misleading, and that the rules had no effect on food waste, which had been an issue since 2007, before the nutrition standards were in place.”
Michelle Obama, writing in The New York Times, argues that the Let’s Move! initiative has seen “glimmers of progress,” but “we’re now seeing attempts in Congress to undo so much of what we’ve accomplished on behalf of our children.”

“Remember a few years ago when Congress declared that the sauce on a slice of pizza should count as a vegetable in school lunches? You don’t have to be a nutritionist to know that this doesn’t make much sense. Yet we’re seeing the same thing happening again with these new efforts to lower nutrition standards in our schools.”

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