Thursday, November 17, 2011

Congress: Pizza Is A School Lunch Vegetable


Congressional spending bill would:

  • Block the Agriculture Department from limiting starchy vegetables, including corn and peas, to two servings a week. The rule was intended to cut down on french fries, which many schools serve daily.
  • Allow USDA to count two tablespoons of tomato paste as a vegetable, as it does now. The department had attempted to require that only a half-cup of tomato paste could be considered a vegetable. Federally subsidized lunches must have a certain number of vegetables to be served.
  • Require further study on long-term sodium reduction requirements set forth by the USDA guidelines.
  • Require USDA to define "whole grains" before they regulate them. The USDA rules require schools to use more whole grains. Food companies who have fought the USDA standards say they were too strict and neglected the nutrients that potatoes, other starchy vegetables and tomato paste do offer.
"We are outraged that Congress is seriously considering language that would effectively categorize pizza as a vegetable in the school lunch program," Amy Dawson Taggart, the director of Mission: Readiness, said in a letter to lawmakers before the final bill was released. "It doesn't take an advanced degree in nutrition to call this a national disgrace."

Source: 13WHAM

SCATS ~~ Who elected these morons? A tomato is a fruit, not a veggie! 
    

15 comments:

Charlie Hubbard said...

Yet another example of the federal government being here to 'save us'.

One would wonder how much $$ will be spent to 'save us'.

How lucky we are that government is here and has the time and money to 'save us'.

Makes you wonder what will be next.

SCATS said...

Charlie ~~ I wonder how much we're spending to try to contain and clean-up after the Occupy Wall Street groups ... especially since a recent poll shows that only 33% think they represent the 99% !!

Charlie Hubbard said...

The occupy wall street is a freak show put on by members of the entitlement epidemic.

For members of the democrat party and some unions to be part of this will be a big problem for them down the road - VERY poor judgement on thier part.

Anonymous said...

Many, many years ago the legislature in Indiana declared the value of Pi (3.1415926....) as 3 because it would be easier to make calculations. I hope they changed it back before too many roads and bridges were built using the "official" vales.
Point is that legislatures do whatever legislatures want to do, sometimes in ignorance.
Question: Is having the legislature declare tomatoes on pizza a "vegetable" any worse than legislatures telling what to eat?

SCATS said...

To 3:33PM ~~ Let us not forget the absolute outrage in the hard economic times of the early 80's when Reagan's administration wanted to call ketchup a veggie for school lunch. Somehow, it's less silly with Obama at the helm?

Charlie Hubbard said...

There is a function for government and 'this' ain't it.

The dept. of education has become a joke (useless) (worthless). Show me some concern on educational outcomes NOT on how to feed our kids.

Anonymous said...

Wouldn't this make ARMS illegal event vegetable bingo? Just wondering.

SCATS said...

To 6:47PM ~~ NO!! A tomato is a FRUIT!!

Anonymous said...

I still believe that bragging about knowing that "a tomato is a fruit, not a vegetable" kinda smacks of "holier than thou." I mean really... does it MATTER??

Anonymous said...

The tomato is botanically a fruit, but in an 1893 ruling the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the tomato should be classified as a vegetable not a fruit. See: Nix V. Hedden

Anonymous said...

And a FRUIT unless it's a GCSD Union employee is a part of the vegitable group, not animal or mineral.

For the love of Hairburger SCATS, are you a GCSD graduate?

SCATS said...

To 10:53PM ~~ That court ruling was accomplished for purposes related to commerce & trade. In botanical terms, a tomato is a fruit. In fact, it is a berry.

To 12:12AM ~~ You've asked this before. No, I am NOT a GCSD grad, thankfully.

Anonymous said...

Pizza is a perfect food. End of discussion.

SCATS said...

To 10:25AM ~~ Only if topped with anchovies, yummy!

Anonymous said...

So it's a fruit used as a vegetable?

http://oxforddictionaries.com/page/tomatofruitveg

What is a pumpkin?