"For decades, our federal nutrition policies have been based on the principles of sound scientific research and evidence-based decision-making," said DeLauro, a former chairwoman of the subcommittee responsible for funding the
Trying to waive requirements for schools to improve meals and remove unhealthy snack foods is a naked attempt to appease special interests. We have to do better."
"As a father of 3 boys, and the son of a lunch lady from
These are your elected officials who are ignoring the childhood obesity epidemic and fighting instead for the profits of large food companies who are fueling their re-election bids." There are currently 15.9 million hungry children across the country, and for many the only two nutritious meals they are getting on a daily basis are at school. The opponents of reform often like to cite statistics about decreased participation or food waste as reasons for rolling back reforms.
However, according to the
"Noted obesity expert Dr.
"Childhood obesity and the growing diabetes rate is a direct result of the food industry's relentless focus on profits, and how much the government is beholden to corporate interests. This is the biggest health crisis of our time, and we can either start addressing it by serving kids healthier meals in school, or we can let industry profit continue to drive what's being put on kids' plates," continued Fed Up director Soechtig.
The FY15 Agriculture Appropriations bill contains provisions that would roll back school nutrition standards. This would pave the way for fewer whole grains, fruits, and vegetables and more sodium, sugar and overall fat including saturated and trans fats in school meals. Less than a week ago, Food Policy Action along with more than 100 organizations from 36 states sent a strong message to
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