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USDA rejects GOP demand to undo new school meal guidelines

USDA rejects GOP demand to undo new school meal guidelines

What's the price of healthier school food? Photo: Ed Bruske The Slow Cook has learned that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will not back away from proposed guidelines for more expensive school food despite demands from Republican lawmakers that the agency eliminate any requirements that would increase the cost of the federally subsidized school meals program. The GOP-controlled House Appropriations Committee recently attached language to a funding measure for agriculture programs directing the USDA to rewrite the proposed school meal guidelines so that they do not create any additional costs. The USDA has estimated that the proposed guidelines as currently written [PDF], calling for much larger servings of vegetables and whole grains and less salt, would require schools to cook more food from scratch and would raise the cost of a subsidized lunch by 15 cents, breakfast ...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/school-lunches/2011-06-16-usda-rejec...

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