It's not always easy to get your kids to eat their veggies and fruits, but when we're talking about the tomato sauce on a pizza slice, it's usually not an issue. So why skimp on a good thing?
Apparently that's what Congress is fixin' to do. While the USDA has been trying to raise the school lunch vegetable serving size to a half cup and restrict salt and starch, a pending bill, released Monday, would allow just two tablespoons of tomato sauce on a pizza slice to count as a full serving of vegetables.
Washington Post columnist Valerie Strauss blames the move on lobbyists from potato-growing states. She says they want schools to continue to serve up lots of cheap, unhealthy foods like French Fries. Some schools say they need this freedom as well, since healthy foods are more expensive.
But Strauss counters, "What’s really going on is that Congress is putting on a rather shameful display of catering to corporate interests, giving kids a real lesson in how politics works — and how, in the end, it’s not really all about the kids."
Should schools be allowed to save money by serving up nutrition-poor school lunches?