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How the City Council can help put healthy food in schools

Original post made by Resident, Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Feb 20, 2009

Tell the City Council "no more dense housing". Increased population causes the restricted flow of water to local farmers. City populations compete for scarse water resources. Make sure farmers have enough water to plant crops for local farmers markets and grocery stores.


No Lunch Left Behind

By ALICE WATERS and KATRINA HERON
Published: February 19, 2009
Berkeley, Calif.

THIS new era of government bailouts and widespread concern over wasteful spending offers an opportunity to take a hard look at the National School Lunch Program.

When school districts allow fast-food snacks in the lunchroom they provoke widespread ire, and rightfully so. But food distributed by the National School Lunch Program contains some of the same ingredients found in fast food, and the resulting meals routinely fail to meet basic nutritional standards. Yet this is how the government continues to “help” feed millions of American schoolchildren, a great many of them from low-income households.

Some Americans are demanding better.

Schools here in Berkeley, for example, continue to use U.S.D.A. commodities, but cook food from scratch and have added organic fruits and vegetables from area farms. They have cut costs by adopting more efficient accounting software and smart-bulk policies (like choosing milk dispensers over individual cartons), and by working with farmers to identify crops that they can grow in volume and sell for reasonable prices. Web Link

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 20, 2009 at 8:00 pm

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

I know the milk in a carton is clean - I question any cafeteria ability to match the dairy in cleanup.


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