WASHINGTON, D.C. – First Lady Michelle Obama is going to make sure all those groaning school kids and weary school leaders eat their federal vegetables. And in case they don’t know how serious she is about deciding what they eat, she’s declared war on her school lunch enemies.
“I’m going to fight until the bitter end to make sure that every kid in this country continues to have the best nutrition that they can have in our schools,” the first lady recently said at a White House event, according to FoxNews.com.
Mrs. Obama even mocked the GOP effort in an opinion column and argued her case before her Twitter followers.
“Remember a few years ago when Congress declared that the sauce on a slice of pizza should count as a vegetable in school lunches?” she wrote in The New York Times. “You don’t have to be a nutritionist to know that this doesn’t make much sense. Yet we’re seeing the same thing happening again with these new efforts to lower nutrition standards in our schools.”
Strangely, the new regulations championed by Obama are the ones that count shredded cheese as a “meat alternate,” but not liquid cheese. EAGnews previously reported schools are exploiting that “liquid cheese” loophole to give students more cheese.
Another district switched from whole grain chips to potato chips because the potato chips didn’t count toward the grain maximums.
Meanwhile, the School Nutrition Association has now come out opposed to the very regulations they helped Obama pass.
The Davis Enterprise reports:
Two years later, the association has done an about-face and is leading a lobbying campaign to allow schools to opt out of the very rules it helped to create, saying that the regulations that have gone into effect are “overly prescriptive” and too costly for schools that are trying to replace hamburgers and fries with healthier alternatives.
“How can we call these standards a success when they are driving students away from the program?” Diane Pratt-Heavner, a spokeswoman for the association, said, according to HNGN.com.