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Junk Food School Meals Banned By USDA
Sky News ^ | April 26, 2014 | Staff

Posted on 04/28/2014 4:02:27 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Schools across America will only be able to sell low-calorie healthy food, the Department of Agriculture announces.

The US is banning junk food in schools in an effort to cut the level of obesity in young people.

The ban by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will start on July 1 and will be nationwide.

According to the proposed ban, schools across the country will only be allowed to sell healthy foods such as fruit, dairy products, whole-grain foods, lean protein products and vegetables.

The staple food of a meal must not exceed 350 calories and snacks must be less than 200 calories.

All food sold in schools should not contain more than 35% sugar or trans fat - a type of artificial fat linked to coronary heart disease.

The ban will affect 100,000 schools across the country. In the past, only the states of California and Connecticut had similar rules prohibiting carbonated soft drinks and junk food.

The USDA defines junk food as being foods with a high calorie count and minimal nutritional value, such as candy, chips and french fries, according to nutrition expert Katherine Tallmadge

Parents warned the policy may prove unpopular with children, while some feel the rules go too far by banning all drinks over a certain size....

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1 posted on 04/28/2014 4:02:28 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

minimal nutritional value

French fries?

This is an evil plot, EVIL.


2 posted on 04/28/2014 4:05:41 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Give ‘em back recesses with monkey bars and dodge-ball and the rest will take care of itself.


3 posted on 04/28/2014 4:08:18 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I remember our lunch room from the 50s through 1965. We were very fortunate that our meals were generally very good. I suspect they would not have met or even been close to meeting modern standards but they were nutritious and good to eat.

The one thing which really stands out was their rolls. You could smell the aroma when you entered the cafeteria and they tasted almost as good as they smelled.

We did sometimes have hot dogs or sloppy joes and it seemed like succotash was common.


4 posted on 04/28/2014 4:08:38 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What gives USDA the power?

Does it really have this power?

Who is going to enforce it’s edicts?

Is it time for the USDA to go bye-bye?


5 posted on 04/28/2014 4:09:27 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

brown bag it!


6 posted on 04/28/2014 4:09:35 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Next, they’ll be checking what the kids bring from home in their lunchboxes.


7 posted on 04/28/2014 4:09:36 PM PDT by azishot
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To: tet68
I get the "no trans fats" and the whole grain breads. But growing kids need more than 350 calories. Solution....bring back recess with physical activity and real phys ed at least three times a week.

The kids at a school last year that had lousy lunches wanted to know why they couldn't just eat a Rally's $2 meal plus the school's milk. Good question.

8 posted on 04/28/2014 4:09:48 PM PDT by grania
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This is what happens when We The People let government into our schools.


9 posted on 04/28/2014 4:10:01 PM PDT by DakotaGator (Weep for the lost Republic! And keep your powder dry!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The USDA has no constitutional authority over education or school cafeterias. This is nuts if the states don’t tell them to shove it.


10 posted on 04/28/2014 4:10:05 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

lunchbox futures soar


11 posted on 04/28/2014 4:10:05 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; All
the Moooooshelle, is gonna be *outraged!* after she finished grazing on BLM's feed lots.

12 posted on 04/28/2014 4:10:22 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Bathhouse/"Rustler" Reid? ;-)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Give the kids some hope — French fries to be returned in 2017...we know where this comes from.


13 posted on 04/28/2014 4:11:15 PM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

How did we get to the point that unelected bureaucrats can diktate what our kids eat?


14 posted on 04/28/2014 4:11:43 PM PDT by DManA
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To: 2ndDivisionVet


15 posted on 04/28/2014 4:12:11 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

One pleasant thing I remember was several times a year we would get orange juice from the state. It was the best OJ I have ever tasted and they would let you drink all you wanted.

I suppose it was surplus as this was Florida but I am not certain where it came from.


16 posted on 04/28/2014 4:13:56 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The federal government knows best, dontcha know?


17 posted on 04/28/2014 4:14:14 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: BenLurkin
What gives USDA the power?

Does it really have this power?

Who is going to enforce it’s edicts?

Is it time for the USDA to go bye-bye?

Well I could write pages and pages on how the government strips people of their human rights and presumes they are acting under corporate law, but no one wants to hear about that.

So never mind.

18 posted on 04/28/2014 4:14:46 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: azishot; All
"checking lunchboxes"
silly person, there were articles written about this 2—3 years ago on FR.

19 posted on 04/28/2014 4:15:09 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Bathhouse/"Rustler" Reid? ;-)
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To: GeronL

“brown bag it!”

My nephew’s inner-city district DOES NOT ALLOW Brown bags in the elementary.

they say it’s “unfair” that some kids bring things the other students may want.

Like food that doesn’t taste like cardboard..


20 posted on 04/28/2014 4:15:21 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Q)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Blatantly unconstitutional. The federal government has no such authority.


21 posted on 04/28/2014 4:16:22 PM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: BenLurkin
What gives USDA the power? $$$

Does it really have this power? $$$

Who is going to enforce it’s edicts? $$$

22 posted on 04/28/2014 4:16:34 PM PDT by TexasGator
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To: azishot
"Next, they’ll be checking what the kids bring from home in their lunchboxes."

I think they're already doing that in some school districts.
23 posted on 04/28/2014 4:17:25 PM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: tet68

Isn’t it amazing that radical Democrats claim that banning Darwinism in schools and alcohol distribution was evil moralism yet they see banning foods and cigarettes as “justified”. I know, I know it’s “for the children” (gag, gag). Don’t we all love hypocrites ? ( he said dripping with sarcasm)


24 posted on 04/28/2014 4:21:59 PM PDT by johnd201 (johnd201)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

while I share concern for the health of children, that’s mostly, primarily the parents’ responsibility...If any school lunches are to be served, the local school can decide the menu. I can find nothing in the US Constitution assigning this duty (as an enumerated power) to the federal government in Washington DC. Nothing.

So now... all good intentions aside, we American taxpayers will have to sit back and witness millions more pounds of perfectly good (presumably) food being thrown into school cafeteria garbage cans...from coast to coast.... as so many of the kids just do not like Washington DC’s “healthy lunches”

and Washington DC KNOWS this will happen, there have been news reports from all over America about it....


25 posted on 04/28/2014 4:24:02 PM PDT by faithhopecharity ((Brilliant, Profound Tag Line Goes Here, just as soon as I can think of one..))
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To: azishot

They already check the lunch boxes in some places.


26 posted on 04/28/2014 4:26:25 PM PDT by Ingtar (The NSA - "We're the only part of government who actually listens to the people.")
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To: skinkinthegrass; Steve_Seattle

Uh, oh. You’re right. Was that when the school provided the lunch and then told the mom she’d have to pay?


27 posted on 04/28/2014 4:26:27 PM PDT by azishot
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Government school is child abuse.


28 posted on 04/28/2014 4:27:09 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: BenLurkin
From my cold, dead hands....


29 posted on 04/28/2014 4:29:03 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (The 0baMao Experiment: Abject Failure)
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To: yarddog

Me too. We had beef stew, chop suey, lasagna,probably all too fatty for today’s standards. Funny thing is there were very few fat kids. I thought teenagers were still growing. Don’t they need calories?


30 posted on 04/28/2014 4:31:21 PM PDT by jonathonandjennifer
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To: tcrlaf

“My nephew’s inner-city district DOES NOT ALLOW Brown bags in the elementary.”

I was waiting to finish reading this and the reason being, someone was offended that it was a “brown” bag.


31 posted on 04/28/2014 4:32:27 PM PDT by mothball
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Time to drop out of the USDA program. The calorie needs of healthy active children should not be suppressed because of some obesity “crisis” being manipulated by those who desire more control over the lives of our children.


32 posted on 04/28/2014 4:36:40 PM PDT by lastchance ("Nisi credideritis, non intelligetis" St. Augustine)
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To: GeronL
brown bag it!

That would be freedom. Freedom is not allowed in government school gulags.

33 posted on 04/28/2014 4:40:47 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

How about the meals for the school athletes? Another example of broad brush government meddling into stuff they can’t possible know anything at all about.


34 posted on 04/28/2014 4:40:54 PM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Don Corleone

I ate at the training table in college. We basically ate the same thing the other kids did except we had steak twice a week and a few other perks.

I used to take six or seven ice cream sandwiches home with me every evening and eat them for breakfast. I lived off campus.


35 posted on 04/28/2014 4:46:51 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: yarddog

Yes! I loved the cafeteria rolls! Big fluffy goodness.


36 posted on 04/28/2014 5:01:18 PM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheelbarrow)
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To: Irenic

Yes the rolls stood out as the best. I remember they would still be warm and we would get little pats of butter to put in them.

Now that I think about it, I very seldom have gotten such good rolls in a restaurant.

My Mother was a great cook and made several different kinds of good bread but she never mastered making those great rolls.


37 posted on 04/28/2014 5:09:07 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: Irenic

They now have to make those wonderful rolls with wheat flour. Even the corn bread now has wheat flour. Instead of yellow, it is now the color of dirt.

When I started teaching in the early 70s, the school cooks cooked. Now because of the regulations (they have to document calories, fat grams, etc etc) the cooks thaw and reheat pre-prepared food. The people who sell this “food” are likely getting rich, regardless of how much of their product is thrown away.


38 posted on 04/28/2014 5:11:09 PM PDT by hanamizu
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To: Irenic

They now have to make those wonderful rolls with wheat flour. Even the corn bread now has wheat flour. Instead of yellow, it is now the color of dirt.

When I started teaching in the early 70s, the school cooks cooked. Now because of the regulations (they have to document calories, fat grams, etc etc) the cooks thaw and reheat pre-prepared food. The people who sell this “food” are likely getting rich, regardless of how much of their product is thrown away.


39 posted on 04/28/2014 5:11:09 PM PDT by hanamizu
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Simple solution. End the government mandated PC Liberal indoctrination part of the curriculum. Restore a minimum of 45 minutes recess or P.E. which was ended in all grades so PC crap could be taught instead. Give the kids time to exercise then their food intake won’t be an issue. United States Federal Overlord Alphabet Agencies = Stupid Is As Stupid Does.


40 posted on 04/28/2014 5:11:39 PM PDT by cva66snipe ((Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?))
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To: GeronL
Brown bag it!

Already been banned from schools because the parents aren't certified food preparers and the kitchens haven't been inspected.

-PJ

41 posted on 04/28/2014 5:16:22 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: BenLurkin

It has the power as long as Moochelle is dictating what our youth shall eat.


42 posted on 04/28/2014 5:36:29 PM PDT by Wiser now (Socialism does not eliminate poverty, it guarantees it.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; All
The ban by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will start on July 1 and will be nationwide.

The states have never delgated to the feds, via the Constitution, the specific power to regulate either intrastate commerce or any aspect of public school policy. Here's evidence of that concerning intrastate commerce.

”State inspection laws, health laws, and laws for regulating the internal commerce of a State, and those which respect turnpike roads, ferries, &c. are not within the power granted to Congress. [emphases added]” —Gibbons v. Ogden, 1824.

43 posted on 04/28/2014 5:44:39 PM PDT by Amendment10
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

So funny. If you want to see junk food, just peruse the actual implemented menus approved by the Dept. of Ag. The term “junk food” also includes the inedible crap promoted by the Dept. of Ag.


44 posted on 04/28/2014 5:48:16 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (Watching MSM news readers pimping His Arrogance is like watching a dog eat its own vomit!)
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45 posted on 04/28/2014 5:49:58 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
New York City has a supreme court?

In NY, the "Supreme Court" is the lowest level court. The Appellate Divisions are above it, and the Court of Appeals is the highest level. Just to keep ya guessing. ;)

46 posted on 04/28/2014 6:09:22 PM PDT by Teacher317 (We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men)
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To: Amendment10
The states have never delgated to the feds, via the Constitution, the specific power to regulate either intrastate commerce or any aspect of public school policy.

Unfortunately, they are accepting federal funds for school lunches and agree to certain "strings" that come with the $$$.

I don't like it, and don't think it should be happening, but alas, it is.

Now if we could just get USDA to put the same stringent restrictions on those receiving SNAP (food stamps) funds s they are putting on children in schools.............

47 posted on 04/28/2014 6:50:25 PM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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That’s a great idea. It has a number of benefits:
* Healthy food mandates per SNAP would alter the current demographic trend that links poverty to obesity.
* Far fewer people would be able to sell SNAP cards / “I’ll shop your list if you pay me cash for it”.
* If you want Little Debbie and Red Bull, you have to get a job. As a result, far more people would get a job to earn money to pay for the food they want.


48 posted on 04/28/2014 7:06:19 PM PDT by tbw2
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... to certain "strings" that come with the $$$.

Thanks for that note Gabz. The problem is that the Supreme Court has historically clarified that, since things like public schools are uniquely under 10th Amendment-protected state powers, Congress shouldn't even be laying taxes for public school purposes.

“Congress is not empowered to tax for those purposes which are within the exclusive province of the States.” —Justice John Marshall, Gibbons v. Ogden, 1824.

In other words, Congress is arguably using state revenues to bribe the states to comply with federal policies which promote special-interest agendas imo. Corrupt Congress obtained such revenues by essentially stealing it from the states by means of constitutionally indefensible federal taxes.

Are we having fun yet?

49 posted on 04/28/2014 8:02:01 PM PDT by Amendment10
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This edict is mandated by the pus-gut poofters that run the U.S.D.A. ?


50 posted on 04/28/2014 8:06:27 PM PDT by Minutemen ("It's a Religion of Peace")
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