School Lunch Standards: Congress labels pizza as a vegetable

School Lunch Standards: Congress labels pizza as a vegetable.

Congress: Pizza Is A Vegetable

Lawmakers reject Obama’s attempt to make school lunches healthier.

Maybe lawmakers don’t know that junk-food-loving school kids won’t be the ones casting ballots in next year’s elections.

The Associated Press reports that Congress is fighting the Obama administration‘s push to make school lunches healthier. Lawmakers released the final version of an agriculture spending bill late Monday, and the big takeway was this: It counts a couple tablespoons of pizza sauce as a full serving of vegetables.

The bill blocks or delays a number of proposed efforts from the Agriculture Department to ramp up school lunch standards, including new restrictions on sodium and potato servings, and calls for lunch ladies (and gentlemen) across the nation to dole out more whole grains.

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Read the full story here: Slate Magazine

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