Weighing in on the USDA's school lunch standards
- Marion Nestle, who seems to only give credit when credit is really due, has Cheers for USDA’s New Nutrition Standards. She concedes that the new standards “may not sound like much. But given what it has taken USDA to get to this point, the new standards must be seen as a major step forward.”
- Jamie Oliver, the British chef who is very concerned about America's school lunches, said in a statement put out by his Food Revolution team the standards are a "step in the right direction," but he also said, "I do believe they could have - and should have - taken this opportunity to take even more radical steps to tackle the child obesity crisis."
- The School Nutrition Association, in a press release, welcomed the new standards and said, “Through healthier choices and nutrition education, school meal programs have made tremendous strides to promote better food choices for America’s students. These national nutrition standards will help school nutrition professionals build on their successes.”
- Michelle Obama made remarks about the new standards to students, faculty and parents at Parklawn Elementary School in Alexandria, Va. She called on “parents and educators and food service workers across this country to embrace this effort on behalf of our children.” A full transcript of what she said can be found on Obama Foodorama.
- MNN's family blogger Jenn Savedge wonders if kids will actually eat the new foods. I do, too. When the crust on the pizza (which can be counted as one of the vegetables served because of the tomato sauce on it) turns from white to whole grain, if care isn't taken to make sure the crust actually tastes really good, that pizza might end up in the trash along with the overcooked green beans.
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