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White House Asked to Stay Away From School Nutrition Summit
Politico ^ | Monday, July 14, 2014 | Helena Bottemiller Evich

Posted on 07/14/2014 4:40:48 PM PDT by kristinn

Michelle Obama’s food policy czar, celebrity chef Sam Kass, was once so in with the lunch lady crowd, he landed a guest judge spot on a tearful school lunch episode of Food Network’s “Chopped” and handed out awards at the School Nutrition Association’s convention in Denver.

Two years later, when he asked to speak at the group’s annual convention this week in Boston, the answer: “No.”

The rebuke shows how ugly the fight has become between the first lady and her supporters, who want kids to eat more fruits, vegetables and whole grains in their school lunches, and the organization that represents cafeteria workers and their allies who argue that the federal government is going too far in its push for healthier meals.

At stake is the health of millions of kids, an $11 billion school lunch program dominated by big food companies that want to build brand loyalty early, and even the legacy of the first lady — who has made combating the childhood obesity epidemic her primary cause.

So while the specifics might look like a food fight, behind the clash are all the big forces that shape major political battles — money, lobbying muscle, big personalities — and an ideological split over the size and role of the federal government, especially when it comes to kids.

“Our members are very frustrated,” said Patricia Montague, SNA’s CEO.

“Everybody is feeling a little bit stretched and stressed by what they’re facing,” she said, citing an onslaught of policy memos and regulations.

Montague acknowledged that Kass, through the Department of Agriculture, asked to speak at SNA’s conference this week “to rally the troops” on the nutrition standards. This year, roughly 6,500 school nutrition professionals are attending the conference, which runs through Wednesday in Boston.

We didn’t feel [our members] wanted to hear the rallying call,” she said. “We felt it was best he not come.”

The first lady’s office declined to comment on Kass’ request to speak.

SNIP


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: arth; education; michelleobama; samkass; schoollunch
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1 posted on 07/14/2014 4:40:48 PM PDT by kristinn
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To: kristinn

Waitress, could i get a order of schadenfreude over here-make it a large.

CC


2 posted on 07/14/2014 4:49:24 PM PDT by Celtic Conservative (tease not the dragon for thou art crunchy when roasted and taste good with ketchup)
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To: kristinn

“Everybody is feeling a little bit stretched and stressed by what they’re facing,” she said, citing an onslaught of policy memos and regulations.

They voted for it.


3 posted on 07/14/2014 4:54:20 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Celtic Conservative

4 posted on 07/14/2014 4:55:38 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Moonman62

Yikes! Look out for aunt Esther, she’ll hit you with that shovel!

CC


5 posted on 07/14/2014 4:58:51 PM PDT by Celtic Conservative (tease not the dragon for thou art crunchy when roasted and taste good with ketchup)
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To: kristinn

Eating ‘right’ seems to have little correlation to longevity or health.

Worrying about it all the time does make one sick.


6 posted on 07/14/2014 5:02:12 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lost my tagline on Flight MH370. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
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To: kristinn
At stake is the health of millions of kids, an $11 billion school lunch program dominated by big food companies that want to build brand loyalty early, and even the legacy of the first lady — who has made combating the childhood obesity epidemic her primary cause.

Lots of false choices in that paragraph...

7 posted on 07/14/2014 5:10:21 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools)
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8 posted on 07/14/2014 5:14:48 PM PDT by RetSignman (obama: "For the love of Alinsky, how much more do I have to do to get them to impeach me"?)
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...school lunch program dominated by big food companies that want to build brand loyalty...

If that isn't some commie lib, bull**** drivel, I don't know what is. Those kids don't have a clue which "BIG" (OMG!) food companies supply the food they're eating. How the hell would they know which "BIG" (OMG!) food company to be "loyal" to! Lord help us. We're working with some hardcore morons here! Liberals really need to cut down on the "recreational drugs". Especially the liberal "teachers" and politicians.

9 posted on 07/14/2014 5:18:44 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (The future must not belong to those who slander bacon.)
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Agree 100%.


10 posted on 07/14/2014 5:20:56 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools)
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“ominated by big food companies that want to build brand loyalty early”

Things sure have changed. When I went to grade school we never had school lunches. Towards the end they had hot dogs on Wednesday that we brought money to pay for. I never saw a brand on anything other than the milk which was a local dairy.


11 posted on 07/14/2014 5:22:48 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin
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To: kristinn

If Moo doesn’t show up, the conference will be significantly less ugly!


12 posted on 07/14/2014 5:48:48 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (The Obama Administration: A conspiracy of corruption and incompetence.)
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To: kristinn

As a nutrition professional in the thick of this in Boston I can tell you it has gotten ugly. I am in a position where I can not share my opinion because there is truly fear about saying the wrong thing to the wrong person and affecting your job. I am literally afraid to say any more about it, even on here. That is how crazy this has all become...


13 posted on 07/14/2014 6:40:58 PM PDT by republicanbred (...and when I die I'll be republican dead.)
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To: Moonman62
Don't ever hit your mother with a shovel,
It leaves a dull impression on her mind......
14 posted on 07/14/2014 6:47:29 PM PDT by stboz
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To: Celtic Conservative; kristinn; SheLion; Eric Blair 2084; -YYZ-; 31R1O; 383rr; AFreeBird; ...

Nanny State PING!

15 posted on 07/16/2014 8:04:05 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (They're not illegals, they're crimmigrants!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Thanks for the ping!


16 posted on 07/16/2014 8:14:07 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Thank you very much, it’s just what I was looking for, LOL.

CC


17 posted on 07/16/2014 8:58:33 PM PDT by Celtic Conservative (tease not the dragon for thou art crunchy when roasted and taste good with ketchup)
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18 posted on 07/16/2014 9:01:40 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Bwaaaahaahaa haaaa! No mousse for the Moose.


19 posted on 07/17/2014 8:45:41 AM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" means something different to 0bama.)
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To: kristinn

Breaking news: people don’t like to be told what to do.


20 posted on 07/19/2014 4:44:00 PM PDT by Eric Blair 2084 (I don't always drink beer, but when I do, I prefer to drink a bunch of them. Stay thirsty my FRiends)
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To: kristinn; 2Jedismom; 6amgelsmama; AAABEST; aberaussie; AccountantMom; Aggie Mama; agrace; ...

ANOTHER REASON TO HOMESCHOOL

This ping list is for the “other” articles of interest to homeschoolers about education and public school. This can occasionally be a fairly high volume list. Articles pinged to the Another Reason to Homeschool List will be given the keyword of ARTH. (If I remember. If I forget, please feel free to add it yourself)

The main Homeschool Ping List handles the homeschool-specific articles. I hold both the Homeschool Ping List and the Another Reason to Homeschool Ping list. Please freepmail me to let me know if you would like to be added to or removed from either list, or both.

21 posted on 07/20/2014 6:38:03 PM PDT by metmom (...fixing our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith...)
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