17 Nov '11, 10pm

How did pizza become a vegetable? Blame lobbyists

How did pizza become a vegetable? Blame lobbyists

Who's really controlling kids' health? It's time to do some finger- slice-pointing. Photo: Pink Stock By now, most of us have seen the headlines. They've ranged from "Is Pizza Sauce a Vegetable? Congress says Yes " to the more childish, "Congress to USDA: Pizza is So a Vegetable, Nah Nah Nah Nah Nah Nah ." News outlets have had a field day over a recent proposal from Congress that suggests pizza sauce should qualify as a vegetable within the National School Lunch program. And most have oversimplified the story. The typical news story went like so: The nutrition advocates want healthier school meals, but Republicans don't believe the decision should be up to the feds. Simple, right? Here's one example : Conservatives in Congress say the federal government shouldn't be telling children what to eat. They say requirements proposed by the president went too far, costing budget ...

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