Michelle Obama’s initiative to force children to eat health foods in school has been widely criticized for imposing standards that are difficult, if not impossible, to meet. Not only does such regulation prevent individual schools from developing their own menus and nutrition standards; parents are increasingly being called out for the meals they pack for their own children.
The U.S. is far from alone in pursuing this trend, as one Canadian mother recent discovered. Kristen Bartkiw packed her kids’ lunches – pot roast, veggies, fruit, and milk – and sent them off to daycare a few months ago as was her routine. At the end of the day, her children brought home a slip of paper indicating she had packed an insufficient meal. The lunch was determined to be “unbalanced” and in violation of local laws because it did not include a grain offering.
Furthermore, the daycare included a $10 invoice to pay for a few Ritz crackers the children received to ostensibly complement their sack lunch.
Bartkiw was naturally outraged and spoke out about the incident on the food blog Weighty Matters, explaining that the law forces certain organizations to abide by regulations dictating how many servings from each food group children should receive.
According to those laws, she wrote, “it doesn’t matter how processed the foods are or if they’re junk food,” noting “Ritz crackers count as a grain” under the policy.
When she pushed the issue, the daycare eventually dropped the $10 charge. Still, she is upset that administrators are not willing or able to use common sense in providing healthy meals.
Such uniform standards are being implemented within the American school system, too. Michelle Obama, Michael Bloomberg, and like-minded big government food nannies are determined to prevent individuals from deciding for themselves what they should eat.
Instead of allowing parents to rely on their own judgment in raising their children, nutrition is just another avenue through which the left can indoctrinate and propagandize the next generation.
–B. Christopher Agee
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