AR-News: US - Cooking Up a Better School Lunch Program
Orville A Knudsen
oak at waste.org
Mon Nov 10 12:34:57 EST 2003
Cooking Up a Better School Lunch Program
One regular feature of school mornings at our house involves what my wife
and I like to call the daily debate.
The disputants are our two primary-school kids, and the issue is whether
to have them order lunch in the cafeteria or for us to pack one instead.
To others, however, the changes it proposes don't go far enough. The
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, for example, has called for
an overhaul of federal nutritional guidelines regarding school lunches.
The group advocates a number of changes, including regular offerings of
low-fat vegetarian and vegan entrees. It also opposes the introduction of
irradiated beef in school lunches, which the Department of Agriculture
will make available for order in January 2004. (School districts can
already purchase irradiated beef with their own money if state regulations
allow it; the USDA purchases only about 20 percent of the ground beef used
in school lunchrooms across the country.)
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