WASHINGTON, D.C. — Nobody in the school cafeteria business
is happy with the federal government’s proposed new rules on school lunches,
according to Education Week magazine, and they all have different reasons why
the “Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act” won’t work well.
School districts say the new requirements for whole grains,
reduced sodium and more vegetables will be expensive and will result in too
much food tossed away by students, while potato growers are unhappy about the
limits on starchy foods and parents are worried that calorie limits aren’t high
enough for high school athletes, the report said.
On the other side are celebrity chefs and organic food
companies who say the new rules are necessary to combat childhood obesity and
malnutrition, according to Education Week.
The proposed rules, which apply to school breakfast and
lunch, were published in January and are open for public comment until April 13
at www.regulations.gov. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has suggested
districts raise prices, if necessary, to offset costs, Education Week reported.
One of the largest questions is whether students will eat
food prepared under the new guidelines, the report said.
Education Week, “Ultimate
Food Fight Erupts as Feds Recook School Lunch Rules,” April 5, 2011
Mackinac Center for Public Policy, “Advice from the Nanny State,” Sept. 7,