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White House to put up to 5,000 salad bars in schools
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Posted on 11/19/2010 7:41:03 AM PST by traumer

First Lady Michelle Obama is expected to announce on Monday a major new initiative that would place up to 5,000 salad bars in public schools nationwide, despite uncertainties over how local health inspectors might treat those salad bars and USDA nutrition-tracking rules that could prove a major impediment.

Officials in the White House, led by chef Sam Kass, and at the U.S. Centers for Disease and Prevention, have been working to build a coalition representing the produce industry and Ann Cooper, director of nutrition services in Boulder, Colo. schools, who recently teamed with Whole Foods to raise $1.4 million from customers to establish a grant program that would place salad bars in qualifying schools.

Under the initiative expected to be announced on Monday in Florida, where First Lady Michelle Obama has taken her "Let's Move" campaign to fight childhood obesity, Cooper would manage applications for salad bars from the schools along with distribution of funds to purchase necessary equipment.

One potential obstacle to the program is the refusal of many school districts to install salad bars for food-safety reasons and because of cumbersome USDA rules governing the federally subsidized school lunch program that feeds some 31 million U.S. school children every day.

Cooper named three school districts she knows of -- Philadelphia, Austin, Tex., and Montgomery County, Md., -- that have already indicated they will not support salad bars. Concerns have been raised that elementary school children in particular might be prone to spread disease at salad bars because they are too short for the standard "sneeze guard" installed on most salad bars, or because they might use their hands instead of the serving utensils provided.

Cooper, who would not comment on the pending White House announcement, has dismissed those concerns, saying, "As far as I’ve found out,

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1 posted on 11/19/2010 7:41:05 AM PST by traumer
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2 posted on 11/19/2010 7:42:15 AM PST by traumer
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I proceed on the assumption that this is a subtly-written piece of satire.


3 posted on 11/19/2010 7:43:22 AM PST by wideawake
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What color is the sky in the world of children eating salads? Sure some kids love veggies, but many do not.


4 posted on 11/19/2010 7:45:21 AM PST by LottieDah (Exterminate the 'Rats and save the Republic!)
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To: traumer

They forgot the part where they have to hire government goons to force the kids to eat at the salad bar.


5 posted on 11/19/2010 7:46:08 AM PST by GraceG
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To: traumer

That picture needs Lootie.


6 posted on 11/19/2010 7:46:15 AM PST by perfect_rovian_storm (The worst is behind us. Unfortunately it is really well endowed.)
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To: traumer; freekitty; flat; unkus; Gapplega; justiceseeker93; T.L.Sink; gonzo; SouthTexas; ...

It’s obvious, the First Cow, with her huge rear, hasn’t been grazing in a salad bar for years.


7 posted on 11/19/2010 7:46:40 AM PST by ExTexasRedhead
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Wait ‘til they have the 1st salmonella outbreaks - that will be the end of the salad bars


8 posted on 11/19/2010 7:47:11 AM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: traumer

Oh what the hell. It’s not THEIR money.


9 posted on 11/19/2010 7:47:15 AM PST by VeniVidiVici (Defund National Peoples Radio!! Democrats are for free speech. Just not for you.)
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To: traumer
An extra helping of tuberculosis snot from the sneezing wheezing fat illegal third grader ahead of you on line.

No doubt this will be safe for muslim consumption as well - no bacon bits! And have some of that delicious fat-free soy and corn syrup concotion labeled "blue cheese dressing."

My favorite section of the Constitution is the salad bar part.

10 posted on 11/19/2010 7:47:22 AM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: traumer

I’m of a mind that kids would all be better off to go back to brown bagging it. Of course I realize that there are parents out there who would not bother to pack a lunch for their kids, but if you have that sort of parent, what else are they not doing for you anyway?


11 posted on 11/19/2010 7:48:18 AM PST by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: traumer

So far we’ve had recent recalls of lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, and assorted other raw food products.

What a great idea for population control, eh Moochie.


12 posted on 11/19/2010 7:49:13 AM PST by Carley (WE SAW NOVEMBER FROM OUR HOUSE)
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To: traumer

Personally paid for by her and her dear husband, I assume?


13 posted on 11/19/2010 7:49:52 AM PST by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: traumer

Can’t you see all the inner city kids, pants hanging down around their knees, lining up for a big plate of baby spinach garnished with cherry tomotos, sliced bell peppers, and slivered almonds topped off with a nice champagne vinaigrette.


14 posted on 11/19/2010 7:50:59 AM PST by skeeter
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To: brytlea

That does sound good but......You will be told what your kids are allowed to bring. No cookies, chips, etc and NO peanut butter!!


15 posted on 11/19/2010 7:51:04 AM PST by panthermom
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To: ExTexasRedhead

So true.


16 posted on 11/19/2010 7:51:31 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: dead
My favorite section of the Constitution is the salad bar part.

Especially the section that enumerates it as a power of the Executive Branch.

17 posted on 11/19/2010 7:51:33 AM PST by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: traumer

who pays...they are good at spending other peoples money..Salad bar in our school is reserved for teachers and students who earn special perks


18 posted on 11/19/2010 7:51:38 AM PST by dalebert
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To: LottieDah

I’m sure she is ignorant of the fact that all nutritional value is lost once the kiddies slather HFCS and hydrogenated oil laden salad dressing on top.


19 posted on 11/19/2010 7:51:50 AM PST by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: dead

<My favorite section of the Constitution is the salad bar part.

Good point. I want to know how the “White House” is funding these salad bars. Seems to me the people are paying for them. Now, if the Obamas are footing the bill, hey, I’m all for more veggies in school lunches!

No wonder people are ignorant. Even when they try to keep up with things by reading the papers, the damn reporters mislead and lie. It takes work to know when you’re being bamboozled.


20 posted on 11/19/2010 7:52:09 AM PST by radiohead (Buy ammo, get your kids out of government schools, pray for the Republic.)
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To: traumer

Johnny wins the Spelling Bee: S-A-L-M-O-N-E-L-L-A.


21 posted on 11/19/2010 7:52:17 AM PST by doyle
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White House to put up to 5,000 salad bars in schools

Wait till there's a case of mass food poisoning from one of the wookie's salad bars.

22 posted on 11/19/2010 7:52:36 AM PST by The Sons of Liberty (Psalm 109:8 Let his days be few and let another take his office. - Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin)
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Mrs. O... you know there's nothing wrong with a good peanut butter and jelly sandwich, fritos, and milk.

Oh wait, no more peanuts in school because of the alergy thing... okay, how about a ham and cheese sandwich? Oh wait, the ham may offend a very small minority of the kid's parents... how about... never mind... as I put my skull through sheet rock to ease the pain of thinking rationally.

23 posted on 11/19/2010 7:53:44 AM PST by Trajan88 (www.bullittclub.com)
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To: traumer
“One potential obstacle to the program is the refusal of many school districts to install salad bars for food-safety reasons”.

Understandably so...since we are getting our vegetables from our amigo's in Mexico now.

24 posted on 11/19/2010 7:54:43 AM PST by Captain7seas
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To: goodwithagun

I am all for healthier lunches and getting kids to exercise, but as you mentioned some of the salad dressings containing hydrogenated oil and fixings laden with nitrites deserve a second look. Does Mrs. Obama actually believe that schools are going to use olive oil and vinegar as dressing? Schools are going to go for the cheapest fat laden products they can find.


25 posted on 11/19/2010 7:55:38 AM PST by LottieDah (Exterminate the 'Rats and save the Republic!)
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To: traumer

I am shocked that Montgomery County said they wouldn’t do it. Absolutely shocked! This liberal area always supports liberal agenda hook, line, and sinker. I am thinking they want a money incentive and this is just in the negotiation stages. Am I jaded or what?! Just a thought.


26 posted on 11/19/2010 7:56:04 AM PST by momtothree
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To: panthermom

Yes, oh for the days when the nanny state did not own our kids. I loved my PB&J. And believe it or not, I had a thermos of sweet tea! Oh my!


27 posted on 11/19/2010 7:56:28 AM PST by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: nuconvert

Salad bars have been removed almost everywhere. Kids will sneeze, cough, and put their hands in the offerings.

But since Moochelle is a moron who nobody cares about, they have to appease her and let her impose her idiotic will on American citizens in some way.


28 posted on 11/19/2010 7:56:45 AM PST by dforest
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“Moochelle”is getting FATTER and FATTER and still spending money we don’t have for what our kids DON’T want!!


29 posted on 11/19/2010 7:58:00 AM PST by bandleader
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To: dead

Hilarious post! I love it.


30 posted on 11/19/2010 7:58:17 AM PST by dforest
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I have limited knowledge on this but from what I do know—this will be expensive!

As a kid I worked at a pizza joint and food costs on the salad bar always ate out lunch. heh

Produce prices always fluctuated the most, waste was often fairly big as some of the vegetables would get slimy or discolor pretty quick.

Rotating the crocks of salad dressing was important because you can really make someone sick if not tended to properly.

Salad bars aren’t cheap and can easily make people sick if someone tries to cut corners on their work.


31 posted on 11/19/2010 7:58:26 AM PST by Irenic
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The problem is, really healthy food does not lend itself to feeding large groups on the cheap. That’s why school food is usually not very good, and not particularly healthy. But it fills them up and it’s generally cost effective (or can be if the program is run properly). Of course, I’m really against the whole idea of a government run program anyway. If a local system wants to have something in place, fine. If a local charity wants to feed poor kids, great. But the federal government should get out of the business of doing any of this.


32 posted on 11/19/2010 7:59:31 AM PST by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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Must be wabbit season...


33 posted on 11/19/2010 7:59:39 AM PST by Wings-n-Wind (The main things are the plain things!)
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Poor kids. This made me laugh. The “salad” bar at my local Whole Foods has: two or three kinds of lettuce. A few vegetables to put on the lettuce. But 10 - count ‘em — 10 different kinds of grains and legumes to eat made into “salads,” tabouli, brown rice, wheat berries, black-eye peas, quinoa, etc. I am not a ruminant animal.


34 posted on 11/19/2010 8:00:12 AM PST by La Lydia
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Let's look back....good idea....

We didn't have an obesity problem until the government starting feeding these kids breakfast lunch and supper. Then they go home and eat the food stamp stuff...THEY'RE DOUBLE EATING!!!!

35 posted on 11/19/2010 8:00:23 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: perfect_rovian_storm
That picture needs Lootie.

You're darned right it does.

36 posted on 11/19/2010 8:00:34 AM PST by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: traumer

There’s another reason why kids don’t eat fruits and vegetables: laziness and / or expense.

To get kids to eat carrots, they have to be peeled and cut. Oranges, peeled, segmented, cleaned. Bananas, not bruised and within a 2 day window of ripeness.

All this takes planning, work and/or expense.

Many kids or adults will not make the effort.

But if the government is buying?

So it’s just another degree of sponsored welfare, or taking from the productive and caring class and giving to others.

I think the goverment and others would be better off sponsoring guilt to those who don’t care for their children and going no further.


37 posted on 11/19/2010 8:00:51 AM PST by cicero2k
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To: LottieDah
MSG also. Yeah, kids with migraine headaches will be a peach to teach!
38 posted on 11/19/2010 8:01:54 AM PST by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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*ate our lunch
39 posted on 11/19/2010 8:02:19 AM PST by Irenic
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To: Irenic

All valid. And kids are funny. They are picky about what they will eat. They are probably going to end up with the least healthy things on the salad bar being the most popular (ie, canned fruits, sweetened things like 3 bean salad, etc). The nice fresh vegetables they imagine are going to go to waste for the most part. Anyone who thinks school lunches (especially FREE school lunches) are a good idea should go check the garbage after their local school lunch and see how much waste there is.


40 posted on 11/19/2010 8:02:29 AM PST by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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41 posted on 11/19/2010 8:03:20 AM PST by traumer
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To: GraceG

They forgot the part where they have to hire government goons to force the kids to eat at the salad bar.

Oh, you mean Michelle will be there?


42 posted on 11/19/2010 8:03:20 AM PST by Bitsy
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You are correct healthy foods are expensive and the fat, salt and sugar laden stuff is generally cheaper. I agree that local charities with the inclination to feed poor kids is a great idea.


43 posted on 11/19/2010 8:03:20 AM PST by LottieDah (Exterminate the 'Rats and save the Republic!)
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To: andy58-in-nh

LOL! Perfect!


44 posted on 11/19/2010 8:04:01 AM PST by perfect_rovian_storm (The worst is behind us. Unfortunately it is really well endowed.)
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To: goodwithagun

Many adults and children are allergic to MSG.


45 posted on 11/19/2010 8:04:13 AM PST by LottieDah (Exterminate the 'Rats and save the Republic!)
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To: andy58-in-nh

LOL I didn’t know he had a name! Does anyone know who he actually is?


46 posted on 11/19/2010 8:04:20 AM PST by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: traumer
I know someone who is not eating salads.


47 posted on 11/19/2010 8:04:47 AM PST by SkyPilot
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To: LottieDah

Yep, I avoid it like the plague. I personally have not had issues, by my dad’s heart went into A-fib from exposure. He thought he was having a heart attack. We started label reading about five years ago. The best solution is to cook from scratch. I usually cook in bulk and freeze extra.


48 posted on 11/19/2010 8:06:22 AM PST by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: dead
My favorite section of the Constitution is the salad bar part.

It's right next to the glittering right to murder your unborn children.

49 posted on 11/19/2010 8:06:22 AM PST by SkyPilot
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Let’s see, when the listeria laced lettuce and carrots get bagged in Mexico and distributed to schools, the enemies of America can generate a regular epidemic of dying kids in America. Yeah, that sounds like a great democrat stratgey, since they want to reduce the population to the ‘manageable levels’ their progressive demigods have told them to reach for. ... And these bastards are still running America!


50 posted on 11/19/2010 8:09:28 AM PST by MHGinTN (Some, believing they can't be deceived, it's nigh impossible to convince them when they're deceived.)
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