Healthy kids, happy farmers

Healthy kids, happy farmers

There are 12 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Sep 25, 2010, titled Healthy kids, happy farmers. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

The carrots on the salad bar at Battle Creek Elementary School in St. Paul Friday September 24, 2010 are part of the "Farm to School" program, where locally grown produce is served in some area school districts.

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Yup

Superior, WI

#1 Sep 26, 2010
"Kids in Mounds View Public Schools are munching on apples from Pine Tree Apple Orchard in White Bear Lake. And the carrot coins St. Paul students eat at lunch are grown on a farm in Andover. "

And the taxpayers get stuck paying double what it should cost to feed the kids. Great plan. Just keep indoctrinating them from age 5...maybe if you pound enough lies into them, by the time they are 18 they will believe all this sustainablility crap being spouted. And heck, as a bonus, they will probably believe the schools need more funding too!
Observer

Minneapolis, MN

#2 Sep 26, 2010
A step in the right direction...if we ignore the fact that public schools are involved. At least the food isn't the glorified junk food we so often see everywhere.

http://www.examiner.com/economic-policy-in-mi...
me in st paul

Saint Paul, MN

#3 Sep 26, 2010
This is a GREAT thing - real food for the kids, not processed crap and it supports our local economy.
me in st paul

Saint Paul, MN

#4 Sep 26, 2010
Schools are doing this within the money allocated to them for the child lunch program which remains the same regardless of what they purchase. Schools that switch from feeding kids crap to real food show increases in school performance and decreased in behavioral problems. And is there any reason for schools to be contributing to the obesity problem in kids? I think the average school lunch is somewhere between 2 and 3 bucks a meal.

Why all the negativity anyway?
Yup wrote:
"Kids in Mounds View Public Schools are munching on apples from Pine Tree Apple Orchard in White Bear Lake. And the carrot coins St. Paul students eat at lunch are grown on a farm in Andover. "
And the taxpayers get stuck paying double what it should cost to feed the kids. Great plan. Just keep indoctrinating them from age 5...maybe if you pound enough lies into them, by the time they are 18 they will believe all this sustainablility crap being spouted. And heck, as a bonus, they will probably believe the schools need more funding too!

“We're all connected”

Since: Feb 08

St Paul, MN

#5 Sep 26, 2010
Yup wrote:
"Kids in Mounds View Public Schools are munching on apples from Pine Tree Apple Orchard in White Bear Lake. And the carrot coins St. Paul students eat at lunch are grown on a farm in Andover. "
And the taxpayers get stuck paying double what it should cost to feed the kids. Great plan. Just keep indoctrinating them from age 5...maybe if you pound enough lies into them, by the time they are 18 they will believe all this sustainablility crap being spouted. And heck, as a bonus, they will probably believe the schools need more funding too!
Thanks for looking at only short-term issues. Local farmers are being supported and kids are eating healthier foods. If lucky, the school might offer canned apple sauce, which many (most?) kids probably don't eat.

This what is wrong with a lot of our country's problems-looking at only short-term costs and outcomes, not paying attention to connected consequences (good or bad) or future positive outcomes.

Indoctrinating kids equates to healthy, local eating? Then by all means, let's "indoctrinate" them!
Meh

Saint Paul, MN

#6 Sep 26, 2010
I'd rather Pine Tree Orchards get my tax money over Unilever. About twice as much money stays in the local economy if something is purchased from a local person rather than a chain/multinational, etc. What's not to like about that?
Yup wrote:
"Kids in Mounds View Public Schools are munching on apples from Pine Tree Apple Orchard in White Bear Lake. And the carrot coins St. Paul students eat at lunch are grown on a farm in Andover. "
And the taxpayers get stuck paying double what it should cost to feed the kids. Great plan. Just keep indoctrinating them from age 5...maybe if you pound enough lies into them, by the time they are 18 they will believe all this sustainablility crap being spouted. And heck, as a bonus, they will probably believe the schools need more funding too!
Meh

Saint Paul, MN

#7 Sep 26, 2010
Huh??? So what if they are? They are being good stewards of the tax payer money here.
Observer wrote:
A step in the right direction...if we ignore the fact that public schools are involved. At least the food isn't the glorified junk food we so often see everywhere.
http://www.examiner.com/economic-policy-in-mi...

Since: Sep 10

Saint Paul, MN

#8 Sep 26, 2010
Yup wrote:
"Kids in Mounds View Public Schools are munching on apples from Pine Tree Apple Orchard in White Bear Lake. And the carrot coins St. Paul students eat at lunch are grown on a farm in Andover. "
And the taxpayers get stuck paying double what it should cost to feed the kids. Great plan. Just keep indoctrinating them from age 5...maybe if you pound enough lies into them, by the time they are 18 they will believe all this sustainablility crap being spouted. And heck, as a bonus, they will probably believe the schools need more funding too!
I'm a fiscal conservative yet how in the world can anything be wrong with getting kids to eat healthier local produce at a reasonable price? Schools have lots of ways in which they waste money ( I know, as I work as I work in education) but this isn't one of them. Too many super fat kids with fat parents these days. I'm all for indoctrinating them.
Tom

Saint Paul, MN

#9 Sep 26, 2010
My kids go to Mounds View Scgiiks and the menu being offered this year appear to be much better. Free seconds on veggies and fruit, whole wheat and grains. The kids have not complained at all and seem to not have noticed any change at all.

And if it supports local farmers that is all the better.

Since: Aug 09

Saint Paul, MN

#10 Sep 26, 2010
It's a win - win.
Adam

Saint Paul, MN

#11 Sep 26, 2010
Meh wrote:
Huh??? So what if they are? They are being good stewards of the tax payer money here.
<quoted text>
So are you saying that paying the farmer with money that came out of his pocket in the first place is a bad thing?
Linda Meyers

Saint Paul, MN

#12 Oct 6, 2010
Really good story if what these lunch ladies are saying is true. Look the week of September 20th St. Paul Schools could only buy apples and corn from local farmers. I wonder how much money was wasted making these purchase decisions. Budgets are tight enough, besides these lunch ladies wouldn’t even know how to prepare fresh produce. This would be outside managements scope of panning up frozen potato wedges to cook in an oven. How disappointing.

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