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Pizza is a Vegetable. Really Congress?

At any rate, the frozen food industry made no bones claiming victory. The trade group American Frozen Food Institute immediately released a statement that “commends” appropriators for their “balanced approach to implementing new school meal standards.”

Even before the final vote in the House and in the Senate, Thursday, public health advocates had raised the red flag. Foreign celebrity chefs who’ve been campaigning ceaselessly to save this country from the diabetes epidemic that is threatening the new generation of kids with a shorter lifespan than their parents, are reeling. The military brass calls the bill a “national disgrace.” “This new effort to undermine school nutrition regulations raises national security concerns,” said Amy Dawson Taggart, director of the national security nonprofit Mission: Readiness, a non-profit, nonpartisan national security organization led by over 250 retired generals, admirals, and other senior military leaders. Their concern is ensuring the perennity of the U.S. military, when one youth in four already is unfit for service because of obesity.

The USDA is going to have to change its final rules—due out by the end of the year—to comply with the new legislative language. Critics can only hope that these rules will be changed again when the bill expires at the end of next year.

I’m curious to see if First Lady Michelle Obama, America’s queen of healthy food and lifestyle, pipes up. She’s been a driving force behind both the new school lunch legislation, and the ex-new USDA dietary recommendations. This time around, Barack may end up on the couch for real.

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Laetitia Mailhes

Laetitia Mailhes is a French-born journalist. After many years as the technology and innovation correspondent of the French "Financial Times" in San Francisco, she decided to focus on what truly matters to her: sustainable food and farming. Find more articles and videos on her blog, The Green Plate Blog.


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5:29AM PST on Jan 10, 2012

Thanks for the article.

10:08AM PST on Dec 27, 2011


2:42PM PST on Nov 30, 2011

so disheartening

6:05AM PST on Nov 26, 2011

Don S, to see where the insanity may end, first consider the long gone but not lamented "Wiemar Republic," which inflated itself while destroying forests to print worthless money. Next consider the elected morons who initiate wars we cannot win, while turning large portions of the political world against us. Hey, what happened to the Soviet union, and why? Now we're doing the same thing, even using their old bases, and it is bleeding us dry! next consider what our government has allowed corporations to do to us, and then take a look at Europe, which tried to imitate us, so now they're falling into the same pit of historic obscurity! Water boarding may be an Olympics sport next games year, and Social Security has been riddled with borrowing using worthless bonds for collateral. Our banks are collapsing, our money is worthless, and China owns us. I know people going to China from the US to work! The insanity may end when China, in the background takes over, and we won't like the result. Walter G.

5:48AM PST on Nov 26, 2011

If Pizza is a vegetable, so is our Congress! Congress is a rotten vegetable which needs drastic cutting to save any of it. Next year if a voter ignores the stupid babble of speeches, the dead pan comedy of "debates," and the racketeering and moronic chicanery of party conventions, but instead makes the decision exclusively by the legislator's record, most of the so called Lawmakers may be replaced. Vote them out if you think they did not deliver. The message to the replacements will be, "Produce or this is your only term, which may even be interrupted by impeachment." Nothing like a sweating, stressed office holder to understand who is in charge. The danger is of course the dumbed down millions, the "sheeple" who ignore their future for the sake of entertainment or recreational drugs. The country is already in shambles, we are headed for the same break up as is the Soviet Union. Welcome to United States Titanic! Cold hard economic facts trump an iceberg any day. What did you do, what are you doing, and what will you do . . . about the stupid innocuous oligarchy which controls your life to enrich themselves? I vote in Fla, but I live on an island in the pacific, and extremely thankful I am for that. Why? "American Spring," and the "Tea Party," doing all the wrong things for all the wrong reasons is the start of the so-called 'Spring." So sit back and watch your business places, and your home invaded, burned, and looted. Hey, your recliner is on fire! Walter G.

5:12PM PST on Nov 23, 2011

lol wow, good going congress, so smrt of you -.-

7:17AM PST on Nov 23, 2011

These bunch of jackass's can't make a decision on how to get this country back on track but take all this time to make a deliberation on a subject such as this. I thought schools hired dietitions to make sure our kids are being fed a proper meal.

9:50AM PST on Nov 22, 2011

What about the G M O's and B G H and M S G in that pizza? Don't forget what we should really be complaining about.

9:46AM PST on Nov 22, 2011

Calm down...there are more important things to worry about, like GMO's and MSG in that pizza....but no, not 'really':

4:19AM PST on Nov 22, 2011

Afterthought. Schools could use sweet potato fries - baked, not fried.

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