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.
“School Board member Todd Howard” either has failed to read Orwell or believes it is a how-to manual.
Brings being a food nazi to a whole new level.
My tag says it all
> school leaders say they wouldn’t capture students faces, just what they’re throwing away.
BS, BS, BS, BS, BS !!!
If they want to see what’s being thrown away, then the administrators just need to dislodge their fat butts from their comfy arm chairs and actually walk to the trash cans and look in. Having a camera for the express purpose of not leaving their desk is a grossly wasteful indulgence.
Here is a news flash. Don’t serve lunches.
Let MAMA make some sandwich for junior to
take to school and if she makes something
he doesn’t like the choice is then his to
either eat it, throw it away, or make it
himself. Let the food stamp program make
There problem solved and money on cameras
They probably can get federal matching funds to install trash cams. Think of the jobs it will create and whose brother-in-law/democrat donor/minority contractor will rake in millions for supplying and maintaining the equipment
made in China probably
Next - veggie police in our schools, trained by the TSA, and vegetable diversity training mandatory for all kids
More obamastimulus money down the toilet
Oh, now they are served raw
but without any seasoning, no salt or peppa allowed
Raw unseasoned broccoli and kale, yum
....vegetable diversity training mandatory for all kids
It may be closer than you think....
....the Toronto District School Boards website encourages children to have sex with vegetables:
Ok, kids, so throw away the lettuce, but keep that carrot in your pocket for later
Second headline: Racist cameras unfairly target blacks.
Sick, Dude very sick.
I’ve got a novel idea.. it’s so simple they won’t do it.
Don’t force the kids to take something they won’t eat. Thus, with in a week or two you will have a good idea of how much to cook up to serve the kids that want it.
The story says they need camaras to study what is being tossed, then it says the veggies are being tossed.
Why waste money on camera’s?
Is this the intelligence of school leaders?
They want the kids to eat the veggies?
Then batter and deep fry them (the veggies, not the children). Almost all veggies taste better that way.
Until junior high school, I never had school cafeteria food. In jr. high, we went on the free lunch program... I have to say, the school food wasn’t very good at all. Why is there such a push to get more kids depending on that swill?
OMG, this has to be from the Onion.
When I was a girl, at dinner, I used to sneak food I didn’t like under the table to my dog (Thank you, Buffy, our Golden Retriever! LOL).
And as for the “it’s not giving our kids the nutrition they need” comment—what does he propose? Force feedings? IV tubes?
They complain about a “waste of taxpayer dollars”—what is more wasteful than a “trash-cam”?
Kids will be kids. Offer them choices, fresh air and exercise, and when they’re hungry enough, they’ll clean their plates.
“Shut up and eat your peas.”
LOL! Perfect. :)
Works for me, but the federal program promises the children will be "hunger-free." Obviously, someone wasn't thinking it through ...
Ignore post # 41. For some reason, I posted on the wrong thread.
“the federal program promises the children will be “hunger-free.” Obviously, someone wasn’t thinking it through.”
Clearly not. LOL. Bureaucrats apparently think they can change normal human behavior.
Next up, “Hunger-free” signs at all Occupy demonstrations! ;)
Take care, T-C. :)
Who cares what they throw away....if they don’t get sufficient calories at lunch, too bad. Maybe we could meet each of them at the door to the school with the equal of my school lunch, cheese or bologna sandwich and an apple in a paper sack provided by my mom...tuna on Friday.
I wish we would return to the days of food subsidies, not food stamps, staples in a box. There are meals on wheels for the aged, how about food boxes for those needing assistance. Want something different, get a job.
Obamaphones...how about a hard line phone into where you stay. No long distance, no upgrades available. Take it or leave it.
And don’t even get me started on the earned income credit, AKA Federal job fare.
glad im not in the camera installation/replacement industry...sour lettuce reeks...
Givin the serfs a beat down at an early age!
Laws are for little sheeple.
One step closer to force feeding
Now they force the students to take the vegetables. The next step is to force students to eat them. Even Orwell never imagined this.
What a wonderful idea by these school administrators. Every year they will collect 1,000 hours of footage of food going into the trash can. Maybe they can creatively edit it, call it “Performance Art” and run a continuous loop on huge plasma monitors outside the school. They’re bound to win some prestigious academic award.
Individually RFID chip each meal. Each chip would be associated with the student’s ID card. Then scan the can for the readouts. Detention and re-education would follow.
Then a kid would invent an app for assigning a new number to the chip.