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It is hard to believe that Congress is so divided that republicans and democrats can’t even agree that schools should be serving students healthy, nutritious balanced meals.
The House and Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittees are scheduled to consider annual funding bills, released today, that include language that would weaken school meal program rules passed under the 2010 Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act. Earlier this month, more than 40 House members signed a letter asking USDA to reduce whole grains and increase sodium in school meals, and maintain the status quo on school snacks and a la carte options.
Since the California Republican broke with his party to oppose cuts to food stamps, Rep. Valadao (R-CA) has been on the front lines in the fight to make America’s food less nutritious.
25 years ago, as a fledgling chef, I didn’t ask these sorts of questions. I started purchasing fresh food for my restaurant from farmer’s markets because it tasted better. Back then I could actually back my truck up into the market at Union Square and load up on root vegetables and fresh herbs from Guy Jones and the other early farmers who sold vegetables there. I was buying local and organic — not because I was concerned about the environment or farm workers — but because it simply tasted better and my goal at the time was to be the best chef I could be. It was higher quality food, period.