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Trump’s USDA Just Made School Meals Less Healthy

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced its revised school dish rules, in difference that would make George Orwell proud:

The U.S. Department of Agriculture currently [Nov. 29] supposing internal food service professionals the coherence they need to offer wholesome, nutritious, and juicy dishes in schools opposite the nation. The new School Meal Flexibility Rule … reflects USDA’s commitment, done in a May proclamation to work with program operators, school nourishment professionals, industry, and other stakeholders to rise forward-thinking strategies to safeguard school nourishment standards are both sustaining and unsentimental … This movement reflects a pivotal beginning of USDA’s Regulatory Reform Agenda, grown in response to the President’s Executive Order to assuage nonessential regulatory burdens.

Try and get your conduct around this. The revised manners make school dishes rebate nutritious. They concede schools to:

  • Serve flavored rather than plain low-fat divert (higher in sugar).
  • Be free from portion whole grain-rich products.
  • Have until the finish of the 2020-2021 school year to revoke the salt in school meals.

This order will be in outcome for the school year 2018-2019. USDA is usurpation open comments for longer-term use here.

I will never know because adults would run to make school dishes rebate healthful, but here is the School Nutrition Association praising the changes. The organisation cites survey data indicating that 65 percent of school districts are having difficulty with whole grains and 92 percent with sodium requirements.

I adore Margo Wootan’s quote (she is executive of nourishment policy at the Center for Science in the Public Interest):

The offer is a produce in hunt of a spike … Virtually 100 percent of schools are already complying with the final nourishment standards, including the first proviso of sodium reduction.

Here are:

  • USDA’s press release
  • CSPI’s press statement
  • American Heart Association’s press release


Marion Nestle is Paulette Goddard Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University, which she chaired from 1988-2003. She is also Professor of Sociology at NYU and Visiting Professor of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell. She is the author of Food Politics; Safe Food; What to Eat; Pet Food Politics; and Soda Politics. Her website is www.foodpolitics.com.

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