Letter to the Editor

Tuesday, December 14, 2010 at 10:05pm

This week, President Obama signed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 — the first major bipartisan bill enacted since the election by a deeply polarized Congress. The act will replace junk food in school lunches and vending machines with more healthful options.

Several jurisdictions have taken similar action. The Hawaii, California, New York and Florida legislatures passed resolutions recommending vegan school options. Last year, the Baltimore City public school system became the first in the nation to offer its 80,000 students a weekly meat-free lunch. According to the School Nutrition Association, 65 percent of U.S. schools now offer vegetarian lunch options.

In the past, USDA has used the National School Lunch Program as a dumping ground for surplus meat and dairy commodities. Not surprisingly, 90 percent of American children consume excessive amounts of fat, and only 15 percent eat the recommended servings of fruits and vegetables. These early dietary flaws become lifelong addictions, raising the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

Those who care about our children’s health should demand healthful plant-based school meals, snacks and vending machine items. Additional information is available at healthyschoollunches.org, choiceusa.net and schoolnutrition.org.

Norman Teller

Nashville, TN 37207

 

56 Comments on this post:

By: dargent7 on 12/15/10 at 3:19

"pain": You already get 20% off the top, sent upstairs. Now you want a supplement?

By: house_of_pain on 12/15/10 at 3:28

Baby needs a new pair of shoes, d7.

By: brrrrk on 12/15/10 at 3:29

GUARDIAN said

"GUARDIAN-The government has been in charge of school food for what? 40 years now lol and they got it wrong all those years? This is so stupid just more money toss away with the wash water as the government always does."

Blaming under funded and under staffed regulatory agencies is hardly a fair criticism. Would you expect a football team that can only put half a team on the field to be successful? Interestingly enough, a recent article that I read addressed the issue of the size of our government in terms of employees. The number of federal employees (in sheer numbers) haven't been as low as they are now since 1962. If you want to blame any part of government for growth, you better look at where the real growth has been.... in state and local governments, not at the federal level.

http://www.data360.org/dsg.aspx?Data_Set_Group_Id=228

By: dargent7 on 12/15/10 at 4:21

"pain": Is "baby" your wife?
I always call my ex-wives, dates, hookers and ho's; "baby".
That way, you can't get into any trouble.

By: HokeyPokey on 12/15/10 at 6:17

GUARDIAN wrote: "The government has been in charge of school food for what? 40 years now lol and they got it wrong all those years?"

Whew. What part of how we run public education in America did you miss, GUARDIAN? Specifically, who runs the schools, who runs the food services and how decisions are made regarding what to serve?

I guess, when your mind's made up that "the government has been in charge" all you see or hear are tidbits that reinforce your beliefs.

Whew.

HP

By: HokeyPokey on 12/15/10 at 7:32

slacker, if by "he will eviscerate you" you mean that pain will flame me, quote scripture/beck at me, make up facts, depend on his own personal "logic" or otherwise live up to my first impression of him, I'm not too worried.

On the other hand, if by "he will eviscerate you" you mean that pain will engage me with thoughtful, educated and insightful debate, correctly challenging my facts and/or conclusions, by golly I'd love that.

Forgive me if I don't hold my breath waiting for the latter.

HP