Keeping Junk-Food Out School...Problems

Well, officials want to get junk-food and soft-drinks out of schools, but the road to doing so is not so clear. Kim Severson of The New York Times investigates:
They are optimistic about their chances because there is more public interest than ever in improving school food and because leaders in the food and beverage industry have had a hand in creating the new standards.

But that intense corporate involvement, along with exemptions that would allow sales of chocolate milk, sports drinks and diet soda, has caused a rift among food activists who usually find themselves on the same side of school food battles.

“This pits ideals about what children should eat at school against the political reality of large food corporations insisting their foods be available to children at all times,” said Marion Nestle, a professor at New York University and the author of two recent books on food politics and diet. “The activists want vending machines out of schools completely.” Dr. Nestle has taken no public stand on the measure.

The nutrition standards would allow only plain bottled water and eight-ounce servings of fruit juice or plain or flavored low-fat milk with up to 170 calories to be sold in elementary and middle schools. High school students could also buy diet soda or, in places like school gyms, sports drinks. Other drinks with as many as 66 calories per eight ounces could be sold in high schools, but that threshold would drop to 25 calories per eight-ounce serving in five years.
I’ve got a question—why the heck, is there any corporate involvement here! You can’t trust corporations to have kids’ best interests at heart. One word, McDonald’s.
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Chantel - February 3, 2009 11:47 AM

We need better school food that everyone will enjoy having at Newell School. It needs to be more healthy and delicious. Thank you for your time.

Ann - February 12, 2009 10:57 AM

My students are writing proposals about various topics. Some are writing on the school food. They don't like what is served. The food service has tried to make the food more healthy, but the food doesn't seem much healthier and they throw away alot of it. Some students don't have much at home so when they don't eat at school they could go hungry. What do you think? Have any ideas?

Dwayne Kolapo - December 9, 2010 11:40 AM

nice how you guys doing the same thing my writing teacher doing. we doing this in class

kevin - February 14, 2011 10:44 AM

i don't like school food. i mean yes i understand that junk food is bad for you but still, many kids don't like that kind of food. I think that if a certain kid needs healthy food he should go to the healthy section to get his healthy food but the people that like other kinds of food should get the food they want. Student at McCracken Middle School in Bluffton,South Carolina 29910

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