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More Fruits and Veggies, Please?

Friday, February 24, 2012

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is predicting slightly higher per capita consumption of fruits, vegetables and nuts over the next 10 years, according to the produce industry publication The Packer. Every little bit counts, and there’s no question that the way toward a healthier nation is for everyone – but especially kids – to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables.

As Capitol Hill lawmakers debate what they should keep and let go in the next farm bill, this is a good reminder that the programs that encourage healthier eating need to stay.

Speaking of nutrition, the USDA just released its proposed rule on the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, which began as a pilot program in 2002 farm bill. It sets administrative and operational requirements at the local and state level. As the document points out, most children do not consume the recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables.

“The intent of these provisions is to ensure that the FFVP encourages the consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables by elementary school children, thus improving their dietary habits and long-term health.” (Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 37)

The federal government must do its part.

Table Scraps:

-       The Des Moines Register reports that conservation compliance has become “a sensitive tripwire” in the early stages of the farm bill debate and key congressional races in Iowa.

-       Domestic Fuel dished on the participation of EWG’s new Government Affairs Vice President Scott Faber as a panelist at the 2012 National Ethanol Conference.

-       There are good fats and bad fats, but which of the healthier ones do you feed your kids? The Washington Post has a list.

-       The Christian Science Monitor has a piece on how high grain prices are working their way into consumers’ food costs. We’re paying twice—at the market and in taxes for crop subsidies.

Tweet of the day:

@ dhgisme Incase you missed this: James Beard’s Mitchell Davis on What a Better Food System Tastes Like [Video] #tedxman #profood

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