The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) decided to release new rules regarding healthy lunches, effectively rolling back the healthy options promoted by the Obama Administration. One of Michelle Obama’s signature efforts was rolled back on her birthday.
While Obama’s efforts were focused on healthy meals, including those with reduced sodium and trans fats and increased fruits and vegetables, Trump’s let schools adjust fruit and vegetable servings. The USDA reports the new rules are focused on food waste.
Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said in the press release of the rules, ” “Schools and school districts continue to tell us that there is still too much food waste and that more common-sense flexibility is needed to provide students nutritious and appetizing meals.We listened and now we’re getting to work.”
The New York Times reports that critics of the new rule worry this change will allow schools to purchase cheaper and less nutritious vegetables for students. A la carte choices could let children choose, ” pizza, burgers, french fries and other foods high in calories, saturated fat or sodium in place of balanced school meals every day,” Colin Schwartz, deputy director of legislative affairs for Center for Science in the Public Interest, told The Washington Post.
In 2018, the USDA also adjusted rules to include flavored milk and reduced the whole grain requirement in schools.
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