How schools apply these new standards to non-cafeteria food such as classroom parties, fundraisers, or after school events is up to each school. Some states are working to ban certain snacks entirely from the school such as Flaming Hot Cheetos. Others are leaving it in the hands of the principal to decide whether they want to allow parents to supply cupcakes for the Halloween party, or whether they need to keep in-school celebrations non-food related.
Our house has always been a “cereal and fruit” breakfast place. Most of that stems from the fact that I go to work before 6:00am every morning so my girls have learned to fend for themselves. Cereal and fruit require little cooking and are fast and easy to fix…...more
The United States Department of Agriculture confirmed yesterday that the nation's fourth case of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), which is also known as Mad Cow Disease, was detected in a central California dairy cow....more
Last summer, during a farm tour, one of our guests, a pre-teen boy, started talking about how great our breakfast must be. He waxed poetic about the bacon, eggs, sausage, and toast we must eat at the crack of dawn every morning....more
The USDA have set new standards that will be tweaked at the local level. In other words, there will be a base standard that will ensure better nutrition to all kids, and then local school boards can make decisions that reflect the financial realities of their school district: do they want to use organic produce, buy locally, or grow their own food. Schools will increase the fruits and vegetables on the lunch tray every day, including a lot more leafy greens. Only low-fat or fat-free milk will be offered. School chefs will utilize more whole grains. They're all good steps in the right direction, and all of these changes are being put in place so children can be well-fed and more able to learn.
Late last month, the Vienna-based owner of the Ringling Bros. circus agreed to pay a $270,000 fine to the U.S. Department of Agriculture to settle allegations that it violated federal animal-welfare laws in its handling of elephants, tigers, zebras and other exotic animals....more
In the midst of looming budget battles and unprecedented national debt, no measure is off-limits in Conservatives’ quest for cost-cutting. The GOP-controlled House Appropriations Committee has urged the USDA to show restraint in the implementation of new guidelines for the National School Lunch Program....more
The Environmental Working Group (EWG), a non-profit organization specializing in research and advocacy related to public health and the environment, has released its 2011 updated “Dirty Dozen” list of the 12 fruits and vegetables containing the most pesticides. Topping this year’s list? Apples....more