Published on November 18th, 2011 | by Becky Striepe6
Congress Says Pizza is a Vegetable. Why This is Not OK
Heather posted yesterday about Congress deciding that pizza now counts as a vegetable. Of course, this doesn’t pass what Marion Nestle calls “the laugh test” for most adults, but what do school-aged kids think about the new school lunch rules? And what’s so bad about pizza counting as a vegetable anyway?
Reader Amanda Curry from The Good Food Factory teaches a kids’ cooking class and asked her students what they thought. Here’s their response:
Even these young kids can tell you that pizza is NOT a vegetable.
The Importance of Healthy School Lunches
Many kids rely on cheap or free subsidized school lunches, and many kids would not be able to have lunch at all without them. When so many kids go hungry in our country every day, I think we owe it to them to fund a responsible and truly healthy school lunch program.
It’s disgusting that food lobbyists are working so hard to make a buck off of kids that rely on school lunch for nourishment. I think that the poor quality of school lunches is at the heart of a lot of problems kids have in school, from lack of focus to violence. Just look at Appleton Central High School. They switched to a healthy lunch program (actually healthy, not healthy according to french fry makers). Violence went down and GPAs went up.
Healthy school lunch isn’t about potato growers’ bottom lines or the companies that make frozen pizza. It’s about supporting the next generation, so that they can focus and learn.
More on School Nutrition
- Pizza is a Vegetable and Other Congressional Revelations
- Free School Lunch Improves Children’s Health
- 5 Solutions for Healthy School Lunches
- Lunch Line: A Documentary Shines a Light on the National School Lunch Program
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