Skip to comments.Lake County considers 'trash-cams' at school cafeterias
Posted on 10/03/2012 3:09:34 AM PDT by markomalley
Lake County School Board officials are considering attaching cameras to school cafeteria trash cans to study what students are tossing after officials found that most of the vegetables on the school menu end up in the trash can.
New federal laws require students to take a healthy produce at lunchtime, but last year in Lake County, students tossed $75,000 worth of produce in the garbage.
"It's a big issue, and it's very hard to get our hands around it," said School Board member Todd Howard, who suggested "trash-cams." "They have to take (the vegetable), and then it ends up in the trash can, and that's a waste of taxpayer money. It's also not giving students the nutrition that they need."
Laurel Walsh, whose daughter attends Tavares Elementary School, says getting kids to eat their fruits and vegetables is not the job of the respective schools.
"I think it starts at home with the parents. If the kids just don't like it because they've never been given it at home, they're not going to try something new here," she said.
No decisions have been made on the cameras, but school leaders say they wouldn't capture students faces, just what they're throwing away.
Good thing they will give away free abortions, though.
Why do they have to have a camera to record what’s being thrown away?
Apparently it hasn’t occurred to them to just look in the can and see what’s there. If necessary, they can write it down.
Perhaps the district superintendent has a brother-in-law who sells cameras.
Couldn't you just look in the trash can and figure that out? If not to identify which students are tossing away produce, then what concievable use could these trash-cams accomplish.
what concievable use could these trash-cams accomplish.
well you know these schools are starved for cash ,, they have to beg for cash just to keep the lights on ... and pay salaries for all the administrators ...
time to cut their budget 20% just because they THINK they can spend money on something so ridiculous.
They just couldn’t look into the trash can and make a rational opinion? How bizarre.
School cafeteria veggies are usually boiled to mush and get worse sitting on steam tables.
Throwing veggies away is a waste of taxpayer money and yet purchasing expensive video cameras is not?
The most basic rule of child nutrition: If the kid can't or won't eat it, the sum total nutritional value is ZERO!
Because its technology and adding technology to a problem often substitutes for actually doing something about the problem. I would next expect a "trash cam" phone app that can be twittered, facebooked, googled,and youtubed ad neauseum.
Hard to understand? I see a grant opportunity here. I think I'll type up a proposal for a multi-year international comparative study on why kids throw away cafeteria vegetables. Should be worth a couple of million.
This is an ancient issues: should schools feed kids what they WILL eat, or what they SHOULD eat (but will, in fact, throw away). There have always been Brunhilde-type cafeteria ladies trying to force feed the veggies. The only thing different now is that we have a busybody, reflexively coercive regime in DC that is trying to impose compliance by imperial edict.
At the school where I work, I LOVE the food. To me, it’s healthy, nutritious, and actually a bit tasty. Problem is, I’m a middle-aged man who doesn’t mind vegetables and baked potato wedges. On the other hand, the only time the kids eat what’s on their plate is when they have Pizza, chicken nuggets, or hamburgers.
I wonder how long it will take after the beginning of his second term for the USDA to mandate the closure of all restaurants and the demolition of all home kitchens...
...after all, they can better enforce healthy eating if all of the serfs report to government feeding centers to do so in a supervised fashion.
They know *what* the students are tossing, so this must be to discover *which* students are doing the tossing. That way they can either control and intimidate through fear, or collect fines for the inevitable non-compliance. The fines will be justified by claiming that they will fund further "healthy eating" programs... for the children.
Never in a million years will it occur to these statists that their idiotic program is the problem. Oh no, the problem is that it just hasn't been implemented properly (with enough force).
The hammer will really come down after the carrot-tossers figure out how to dispose of the vegetables by other means. I suspect that clogged toilets are going to become commonplace in this school. Expect the sewer of the spiritual realm to manifest on the physical plane.
“No decisions have been made on the cameras, but school leaders say they wouldn’t capture students faces, just what they’re throwing away”
There has never been a recorded event in which the government failed in expanding any program.....ever!
Within a year kids (and their parents) will be identified and punished for not eating Michele’s veggies.
Hey...it means jobs....worthless....but nevertheless....and because it’s attached to a computer....it’s an easy $100,000 a year for somebody who knows somebody
This just shows how important it is for Conservatives to start to infiltrate the educational establishment and reclaim it. We need to start to inculcate our values back into the educational curriculum. The left is too close to a monopoly on this.
don’t you do the “homsechool” list?
Shut up and eat your peas.