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1 Joanne  Wed, Nov 16, 2011 8:04:46am

I find the title frustrating. It is not Congress that wants to make a couple tablespoons of tomato sauce a vegetable, it is the Republican's in Congress who want to do that.

2 wrenchwench  Wed, Nov 16, 2011 9:12:09am
“Of particular interest to frozen food producers, this agreement ensures that nutrient-rich vegetables such as potatoes, corn and peas will remain part of a balanced, healthy diet in federally-funded school meals.”

The potato lobbying bothers me more than the pizza sauce. Potatoes have a glycemic impact similar to sugar, which has to be contributing to obesity rates. Corn is not much better, and peas are not much better than corn. Calling potatoes "nutrient rich" is just a lie, especially if they are peeled and deep-fried.

3 freetoken  Wed, Nov 16, 2011 12:34:17pm

Big Agriculture in this country has always been about securing their markets, with monopolies if possible. This is the end result of the industrialization of agriculture and large expenditures by government to support said industrial agriculture.

The choice implied is that we can either be a starving nation of malnourished skin-and-bones (think some sub-Saharan nation), or we must keep subsidizing Big-Ag. It's a false dichotomy, but one embraced by the population at large who are getting their hourly insulin spike via the Big Gulp.

4 Mostly sane, most of the time.  Wed, Nov 16, 2011 1:50:08pm

What we need to find is the magic balance of:

Food kids will eat without a parent standing directly behind them. Vegetables are usually not on this list.

Foods that aren't garbage.

Whose kidding who? Brussels sprouts, served at the school, will go into the trash.

What was so wrong with sandwiches and an apple or carrot sticks or both? Kids ate that.

5 (I Stand By What I Said Whatever It Was)  Wed, Nov 16, 2011 2:34:20pm

The long, long shadow of Nix v. Hedden that made a vegetable out of the tomato (botanically a fruit).

6 Off Colfax  Wed, Nov 16, 2011 4:22:28pm

Ye gods. There's even an official Institute for the frozen food industry?

I gotta get into these cons. It just has to pay better than the retail hell gigs I keep landing.

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