So earlier this year the Department of Agriculture proposed new standards concerning the limiting of potatoes in school lunches and the defining of half-cup of tomato paste as a serving of vegetables (which is ludicrous in itself, but it gets better below). Sodium restrictions would have been in place and whole grains would have increased.
The spending bill released on Monday November 14, 2011 would block all of the above. School districts have called the USDA proposals too costly to implement, with the potato and pizza industries rallying against them as well.
Conservatives in Congress (and I'm sure a few Democrats as well) are saying the government shouldn't tell kids what to eat. Normally I fall into that line of thinking (I don't think the government should be telling me what to do), but when children aren't getting proper nutrition at home because of dumbass parents who fail at teaching their offspring proper eating habits and don't have any incentive to participate in a balanced diet, then something has to be done to help stem the epidemic of Type II diabetes and obesity in this country. It's a drain on the health care system and depletes the resources available to our nation's military.
Amy Dawson Taggart, director of the group Mission: Readiness (retired generals advocating for healthier school lunches), said in a letter to lawmakers before the final bill was released. "It doesn't take an advanced degree in nutrition to call this a national disgrace."
Any normal Joe without a degree should know that if you don't get proper nutrition in your body, it will poorly function. Now I may not have a Master's in Dietary Nutrition, but I do have a Bachelor's in Biological Sciences and can say that the effects of excess glucose, sodium and preservatives alone will wreck havoc on your body's pancreas, renal system and other aspects of your body, even possibly altering your DNA so you may pass those mutations down to your own children.
This is ridiculous. We need to be treating our future with a healthier environment to grow up in, encouraging a positive lifestyle and further education into academia and trade schools. The skilled laborer is disappearing, the educated are opposed, and progress is discarded in favor of higher profits and easier routes. I'm sick of it...http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_CONGRESS_SCHOOL_LUNCHES