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Keep healthy food in schools

Published On: Jun 09 2014 04:56:50 PM CDT
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We thought the battle to improve the food served in our nation's schools was over.

Momentum has been growing for years, supported by research, that healthier, fresh foods lead to better health and learning outcomes. And with the generation entering school right now following a generation of foodies who have learned to value locally-grown fruits and veggies, limiting junk food in our schools seems like a no-brainer.

Not so for Republicans on the House Appropriations Committee who agreed to allow schools to postpone meeting nutritional guidelines. This reversal of a decade of bipartisan support for better food in our schools is transparently political. Less obvious is likely lobbying by corporate food producers who stand to lose if kids no longer have access to unhealthy choices. Either way it's a set back for our kids and their health that we hope will be reversed in the Senate.

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