Earlier this year, the Department of Agriculture proposed new standards on school lunches in efforts to make them more healthy but, a new spending bill by Congress could undo all of this.
One eyebrow-raising proposal in this bill is that Congress is seeking to have the amount of tomato paste in a serving of pizza be classified as a serving of vegetables. The USDA wanted tomato paste to count only if it were served in a portion size of at least a half-cup.
Why is Congress pushing so hard against the USDA? Perhaps this could shed some light:
Nutritionists say the whole effort is reminiscent of the Reagan administration’s much-ridiculed attempt 30 years ago to classify ketchup as a vegetable to cut costs. This time around, food companies that produce frozen pizzas for schools, the salt industry and potato growers requested the changes and lobbied Congress.
Sadly, many of the same politicians who tell us that we obesity is a problem we need to address by not eating garbage, are helping facilitate the increased availability of junk food in schools. With diabetes rates projected to increase globally, we need to address the issue of obesity much earlier in life. School lunches would be a great place to start.