My kids will be very excited about this:
The GOP spending bill for agriculture and food programs was released Monday and would allow schools to apply for waivers to opt out of the standards if they had a net loss on school food programs for a six month period. A House Appropriations subcommittee approved the bill Tuesday.
Championed by first lady Michelle Obama, the healthier standards have been phased in over the last two school years, with more changes coming in 2014.The first lady held a call to rally supporters Monday.
In addition to whole grain requirements, the rules set fat, calorie, sugar and sodium limits on foods in the lunch line and beyond. While many schools have had success putting the rules in place, others have said they are too restrictive and costly.
Rep. Robert Aderholt, the Alabama Republican who is chairman of the agriculture appropriations panel, said the school lunch rules have “upset the economics of the school meals program by driving the cost of the plate up while pushing participation down.”
I know for a fact that many kids simply take whatever veggies are required and dump them directly into the trash because they’re terrible. They’re not getting enough food (especially those who don’t get regular meals at home), and the quality has taken a dive. This is yet another episode of liberal nanny state governance being too controlling, this time directly affecting our kids…and they’ve noticed. I will say, though, that the whole school lunch debacle has been a beautiful way to introduce my kids to the reality of socialism and government control.
There’s my two cents.