In case you were wondering where all of the healthy vegetables were on your child’s lunch menu at school, they’re in the pizza they’ve been eating everyday. Congress recently declared that Pizza constitutes a vegetable requirement even though it only contains an average of two tablespoons of tomato sauce.
After lobbyists spent $5.6 million members of Congress this week shot down a new set of proposed lunch standards from the USDA which would have required anything being called a vegetable to have at least half-cup of tomato sauce. The proposal also asked that schools limit the number of potatoes being served with lunch programs, a proposal that would have cut back on the number of french fries being eaten by children.
The program only affects federally-subsidized school meals and because of the denial the USDA must now delay offering a limited sodium program which would also have increased the number of whole grains children consume.
Speaking of the proposals loss a USDA spokesman said:
“While it’s unfortunate that some members of Congress continue to put special interests ahead of the health of America’s children, USDA remains committed to practical, science-based standards for school meals.”
Now if you excuse me I’ll be heading out to my garden to plant some pizza.
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