By Tank Murdoch
(TNS) One of the most controversial aspects of Barack Obama’s presidency, believe it or not, had nothing to do with scandals like Fast and Furious, the IRS targeting conservative groups, Benghazi, or Obamacare.
It was the first lady’s tinkering with the federal school lunch program.
Maybe you saw pictures of school lunches brought about by Michelle Obama’s ‘reforms’ of the program online and on social media when her husband was still in the Oval Office.
Here are a few examples of what schools were ‘allowed’ to serve students during her lunch reign of terror:
And so on.
The UK’s Daily Mail reported in April 2014 that kids all over the country were outraged — and hungry:
The extremely negative reviews have over a million kids refusing to eat the offerings, an ironic result for legislation meant to combat hunger.
The first lady rolled out the law’s final regulations in January 2012 with a presentation linked to her ‘Let’s Move!’ children’s health initiative. Changes took effect that fall. In the ensuing nine months, 33 states cited ‘challenges with palatability – food that tasted good to students’ as one reason sales tumbled.
The fare that schools were serving was so bad that it actually led to more waste as kids rejected the spartan meals and food that wasn’t at all tantalizing, wasting $4 million per day.
Well, the Trump administration is preparing to ditch the Obama-era school lunch rules because our current president believes in federalism — that school districts with locally elected school boards ought to be deciding for themselves what to feed students.
The Hill reports:
The Trump administration on Friday announced plans to roll back school lunch standards on vegetables and fruits originally promoted by former first lady Michelle Obama.
The new standards will allow schools more flexibility “because they know their children best,” the Agriculture Department said in press release. …
The proposed new rules build on previous steps taken by the Trump administration to roll back the controversial school lunch rules which were championed by Obama as part of her Let’s Move! healthy living campaign and signed into law by former President Obama.
“Schools and school districts continue to tell us that there is still too much food waste and that more common-sense flexibility is needed to provide students nutritious and appetizing meals. We listened and now we’re getting to work,” Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said.
Naturally, critics are claiming the decision will lead to ‘unhealthier’ kids and meals, but in reality, getting kids to actually eat their school lunches is better than dumping the food into the trash.
Schools fed kids for a century before Michelle Obama came along and decided they weren’t doing it right. This is the right decision for the administration to be making; local school districts don’t need the Department of Agriculture and Education telling them what to serve.
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