16 Nov '11, 3pm

Congress wants to count pizza as a vegetable in school lunches

Congress wants to count pizza as a vegetable in school lunches

Parents! You needn't worry about what public schools are feeding your kids, because the USDA is reforming school lunch standards and cutting out things like potatoes and salty foods and … oh wait, that was true. But now Congress has gotten involved. And that means that the government is on track to declare pizza a vegetable . Let's put aside for a second that the soggy, cheesy abomination that's served in cafeterias across the country should barely be called pizza to begin with, much less lumped in with healthy lunch options. Seriously, it’s like a sponge with cheese. But the problem is that kids’ meals are now being overseen by forces that value profit and influence over nutrition. In the grand tradition of declaring ketchup a vegetable, Congress is caving to pressure from the salt industry, potato producers, and frozen food companies to keep unhealthy food on the lunch m...

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