Michelle Obama’s School Lunch Rules Rolled Back by Trump Administration
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Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced that school meals would no longer have to meet some requirements connected with Mrs. Obama’s initiative to combat childhood obesity by overhauling the nation’s school menus. Nutrition advocates said the move by the Trump administration was shortsighted.
Since schools began complying with the nutrition standards in 2012, many have complained that they are too stringent and costly. The new rules were projected to cost $3.2 billion over five years, but Mr. Perdue said they had cost states an additional $1.22 billion in the 2015 fiscal year alone.
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“If kids aren’t eating the food, and it’s ending up in the trash, they aren’t getting any nutrition – thus undermining the intent of the program,” said Mr. Perdue, who announced the changes with a signed proclamation on Monday after having lunch with students at Catoctin Elementary School in Leesburg, Va. Mr. Perdue, a former governor of Georgia, was just confirmed last week.
“Just because children would rather eat heavily salted, processed foods at school doesn’t mean they should,” said Ken Cook, president of the Environmental Working Group. “The president’s fondness for Big Macs and KFC is well known, but we shouldn’t let Colonel Sanders and McDonald’s run the school cafeteria.”
According to ABC News Correspondent Cecilia Vega, “Yeah, Robin, this is coming from the new Agriculture Secretary, Sonny Perdue. He says that students essentially aren’t eating the food, they don’t like it. Cafeterias and schools have complained about it. So, hence, these changes.”
She noted the modest changes to the onerous regulations: “They would relax whole grain requirements. They allow 1% fat flavored milk back into school cafeterias. And then they relax these sodium limits…”
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Other Michelle Obama plan Trump is targeting? Healthy school lunches–Sonny Perdue–guy wanting to regulate those is a climate change denier pic.twitter.com/GcjYyGS3tT
— Adam Khan (@Khanoisseur) May 2, 2017
The Trump administration is reversing regulations from one of Michelle Obama's signature programs —
school lunches. https://t.co/yzMuykNv08
— Axios (@axios) May 2, 2017
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