Of course, we’re not talking about local Wonderbread or cheesedoodles here. Chopped apples, carrots, broccoli and their ilk, prepared nearby, will now lose this market share to the big ag processors simply because of wording.
From Gillibrand and Aubertine’s letter:
The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program requires these snacks be served outside of standard school meal programs. Therefore, it is illogical to prohibit local produce as “processed” simply because it is in a form that can be served to students outside of the lunchroom.
Unlike most midnight regulations, this effort shouldn’t require a change of policy, but just a re-wording. So if it’s so simple, why hasn’t Vilsack responded? Maybe he would argue he has a lot on his plate. Time will tell if Vilsack can impress the Real Food Lobby (that’s you, eaters with a conscience everywhere) with decisions that improve our food system, or whether he’ll continue to bolster big business in food and entertainment.
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