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By - May 8, 2012

UPDATE: New School Lunch Standards…Gone Too Far

Author: Wayne Schmid

Michelle Obama is fresh off a major legislative victory.  The child nutrition legislation passed in a bipartisan manner (to include my own Republican Representative, Jeff Fortenberry) without much fanfare.

This legislation is aimed at the alarming rate of obesity among the youth.  The bill establishes nutrition standards for all school meals, and encourages schools to use locally produced food.  The $4.5 billion child nutrition bill would also ban greasy food and sugary soft drinks from schools.

While I see the value of a balanced meal for lunches and I am not a fan of soft drinks being readily available in grade schools (by high school the kids should be able to make the decision for themselves), this bill, in great socialist fashion, goes too far.

For the first time ever, schools will have to apply USDA standards outside the school cafeteria.  This means the standards will be in-force for events such as bake sales and concession sales at sporting events.

I love broccoli as much as anybody else, but when I’m watching my local high school football team I don’t want to be chomping down on broccoli while drinking imported water.  I want my Godfather’s pizza and a Coke!  I eat nutritiously at home and enjoy the less nutritious things outside of my house.  I am an adult and I can choose what is best for me.

While this child nutrition law was passed with good intentions in mind by at least those in Congress (I still think it’s another Obama socialist take over) it completely misses its mark.  These regulations did not exist while I was in school and there were not many obese kids in my school.  Why?  It’s very simple.  As children we regularly went outside to play, even in winter.  We did not have electronic devices to babysit us all day until we went to bed.  We rode bikes and ran everywhere and usually did not go inside until our parents came calling for us, at twilight.

We don’t need more government intervention in the schools…I want my pizza!
Red State Report

UPDATE: The state of Massachusetts has outlawed bake sales in order to adhere to new nutritional standards.

“The nosh clampdown targets so-called ‘competitive’ foods — those sold or served during the school day in hallways, cafeterias, stores and vending machines outside the regular lunch program, including bake sales, holiday parties and treats dished out to reward academic achievement.”

“State officials are pushing schools to expand the ban 24/7 to include evening, weekend and community events such as banquets, door-to-door candy sales and football games.”

New York has already taken these steps, which state is next?

Enjoy your asparagus snacks at football games Massachusetts and New York.  Yummmmy!

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