USDA may regulate all food sold in schools

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The U.S. Agriculture Department would regulate all food sold in schools - not just cafeteria meals - when Congress reauthorizes child nutrition programs, the chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee said Tuesday.
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Yet another example of government getting on our backs.

Let the market regulate our childrens' nutrition! That way, we are sure to have healthy meals instead of junk food because everyone knows that wholesome, quality food (like the kind we give our kids at home) is the most cost effective way for corporate America to make money.

With all these socialist Democrats operating under guise of protecting our young, you can be sure that this communist conspiracy will come into fruition once there are Marxists in school kitchens!

Instead of elected officials, chosen by the people, deciding what kids eat, let the Coca Cola company do it! That way it will not only prove that free markets work, but will encourage American business and investment.

That the government wants to see our kids healthy is only more proof that we are now a communist country.
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Get real wrote:
Yet another example of government getting on our backs.
Let the market regulate our childrens' nutrition! That way, we are sure to have healthy meals instead of junk food because everyone knows that wholesome, quality food (like the kind we give our kids at home) is the most cost effective way for corporate America to make money.
With all these socialist Democrats operating under guise of protecting our young, you can be sure that this communist conspiracy will come into fruition once there are Marxists in school kitchens!
Instead of elected officials, chosen by the people, deciding what kids eat, let the Coca Cola company do it! That way it will not only prove that free markets work, but will encourage American business and investment.
That the government wants to see our kids healthy is only more proof that we are now a communist country.
correct on all points!! well said!
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Jul 7, 2009
 
big brother is out there.
mook

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Jul 8, 2009
 
Shouldn't the food ALWAYS have been regulated by USDA????
Ira Teaman

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Jul 8, 2009
 
Like cafeteria food is healthy and the vending machines sell apples and oranges and water. I'm also sure the food at home has nothing to do with American children being more obese than any generation before them. The only reason for the government to intervene is when it's citizens are not doing their job.

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Jul 11, 2009
 
Ira Teaman wrote:
Like cafeteria food is healthy and the vending machines sell apples and oranges and water. I'm also sure the food at home has nothing to do with American children being more obese than any generation before them. The only reason for the government to intervene is when it's citizens are not doing their job.
I totally agree but last year I worked in a school cafeteria for 6 months and had to quit cause the thought of what these kids were eating absolutely repulsed me. The USDA is very concerned that these kids eat at least 3 items that are on the food pyramind. But what they aren't doing is checking the quality of those foods. Unless it is fruit and some of that was quite awful also, the rest was so gross I wouldn't feed it to my dog or a pig! If anyone here has children in school may I suggest an unannounced visit during their lunch period to get a good look at what they are eating.

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Jul 12, 2009
 
This is ridiculous. The USDA shouldn't need to regulate what is sold in the schools under the guise of protecting the children. It is very simple if a kid wants a twinkee and a coke, they are going to get a twinkee and a coke, because that is what they are used to eating at home. It is the responsibility of the parents to encourage healty eating habits not the governments, especially since the majority of meals are eaten at home. encourage the kids to eat an orange and drink a water, at home, instead of saying that twinkees are no longer allowed to be sold in the school, because then all they are going to do is go to the 7-11, or the deli next door, where they can buy all the garbage that they want.
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Jul 13, 2009
 
Smart kids will be reselling junk food just like the kid on The Wire. As class levels were segregated by T-shirt color, he even carried the right color in his pack with the junk food.
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Jul 13, 2009
 
So, will the USDA finally tell us what the Mystery Meatloaf is actually comprised of, I've always wondered about that.

My guess is that one of the ingredients is ground up old shoes.
Ed Burke

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Jul 13, 2009
 
mook wrote:
Shouldn't the food ALWAYS have been regulated by USDA????
The USDA performs many functions. They control the United States Forest Service for example. At least half of the U.S. Forest Service budget is used to combat forest fires. Much of the food you buy in todays markets is imported from places that have no USDA oversight. Now there's something to worry about.

Hugo Chavez sells us more than just oil. But I'm sure he worries about the health of Americans and being careful not to use things like DDT on any food he may export to us. America doesn't need farms. We can always buy our food from ol'Hugo and others who just love America.
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Jul 13, 2009
 
You can bet Dole and the like are behind this.

ex. Why sell a kid an apple when you can sell him processed pineapple instead (and make a buck)?

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Jul 13, 2009
 
The US should not be importing food.

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Ed Burke wrote:
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The USDA performs many functions. They control the United States Forest Service for example. At least half of the U.S. Forest Service budget is used to combat forest fires. Much of the food you buy in todays markets is imported from places that have no USDA oversight. Now there's something to worry about.
Hugo Chavez sells us more than just oil. But I'm sure he worries about the health of Americans and being careful not to use things like DDT on any food he may export to us. America doesn't need farms. We can always buy our food from ol'Hugo and others who just love America.
Bingo! we buy apples (believe it or not) from Japan. Japan uses pesticides on it's apples that is prohibited here in the US. Go figure!
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Jul 13, 2009
 
mook wrote:
The US should not be importing food.
The US should not be consuming food.
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fook wrote:
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The US should not be consuming food.
fook you!

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