Schoolchildren all over America will be gagging a little less during their lunchtime from now on.
President Donald Trump’s newly appointed Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Purdue will introduce a new rule on Monday, that give schools more flexibility in meeting federal nutrition standards for school lunches.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced Friday that Secretary Sonny Perdue and Senator Pat Roberts will make the announcement at the Catoctin Elementary School in Leesburg, Va.. They are expected to eat lunch with the students and discuss with them.
As you know, the Republicans have been trying a long time to reduce the nutrition standards set by Michelle Obama – that were intended to cut obesity among schoolchildren, but turned into a rallying cry against intrusive federal rules among hungry schoolkids.
Sen. Pat Roberts introduced the legislation with Sen. Debbie Stabenow last year to give schools two more years to employ new reductions on sodium, but their bill never saw the light of the day.
Renewed efforts to ease the federal standards came as disappointing news to some advocates. There are some groups that are opposed to relaxing the rules.
The American Hearth Association immediately criticized this move. In a statement, the group’s CEO, Nancy Brown said that the current standards are doing pretty well and that 99 percent of schools are in compliance.
“Improving children’s health should be a top priority for the USDA, and serving more nutritious foods in schools is a clear-cut way to accomplish this goal,” CEO Nancy Brown said.
She also added, “Rather than altering the current path forward, we hope the agency focuses more on providing technical assistance that can help schools get across the finish line, if they haven’t done so already.”
Liberal supporters of the current school nutrition program claim that Michelle Obama’s standards drove down the obesity rate, but many say it’s simply because nobody wants to eat the food.
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