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EU Wants More Fruit in School

We’ve all eaten in a school cafeteria. So you probably noticed—there’s milk everywhere! Stacks of plastic crates, packed with tiny cartons of 1%, skim, and chocolate. Gag! Sorry, I just had a flashback of kids washing down a hamburger and fries with a thick swig of milk—bleh!

Now, Dr. Fuhrman makes it clear—milk is not the health savior it’s marketed to be. But yet, the dairy producers practically pump it into our classrooms. Okay then, I got a question. What if fruit—a genuine health-food—was heavily pushed in schools like milk. Surely a lot more kids would be eating it. That’s exactly the hope of the EU’s new initiative to get more fruit into schools. Jeremy Smith of Reuters reports:
Earlier this year, EU Agriculture Commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel unveiled plans to overhaul the EU's vast fruit and vegetable industry, revising or scrapping many of the annual 1.5 billion euros ($2.03 billion) of subsidies paid to farmers.

As part of the negotiations that EU governments will hold on her reform plan, due for next month, Fischer Boel will propose using EU subsidies to distribute fruit in schools as part of a compromise reform deal. But EU countries would have to help.

"The only outstanding thing at this stage is the financing and I am exploring whether we can find some money outside the fruit and vegetable reform budget," she told reporters on the margins of an informal meeting of EU agriculture ministers.

"We might need around 100 million euros a year and I think we need to co-finance it so member states would have to participate," she said, adding that could mean up that to half the cash needed to be match-funded from national coffers.
Dr. Fuhrman will tell—all fruits are good for us, but here’re couple all-stars of the fruit-world:
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