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Lunchroom Bullies

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Mary Clare Jalonick of Associated Press says it all in the lede of this morning's story about the congressional rollback of healthy school lunch rules:

Who needs leafy greens and carrots when pizza and french fries will do?

In an effort many 9-year-olds will cheer, Congress wants pizza and french fries to stay on school lunch lines and is fighting the Obama administration's efforts to take unhealthy foods out of schools.

If you wanted an object lesson in how broken food politics are in America, you couldn't do better than to read how farm lobbyists, teamed up with big food companies and malleable friends in both parties in the House and Senate, tore up USDA's fledgling, modest school lunch reforms as they wrote this year's agriculture spending bill.

Next up, a farm bill written in secret.