As Western Journalism has extensively reported, nutritional mandates placed on public schools by the federal government – and with the support of Michelle Obama – have failed miserably in numerous districts across the U.S. Students complain that the new meals are unappetizing and too small while administrators lament the increased preparation cost and spike in food waste.
Disgruntled kids have already made their opinions known via social media, where many students posted images of and complaints about the meals they were being served. When this activism did not achieve the desired result, recent reports indicate students began establishing black markets to trade foods – particularly spices – heavily regulated under the current guidelines.
One Indiana school board president explained that kids in his district “have been caught bringing – and even selling – salt, pepper and sugar in school to add taste to perceived bland and tasteless cafeteria food.”
Describing these deals as part of a “contraband economy,” John S. Payne said that this development is one of several to “reinforce the call for flexibility” as it relates to nutritional restrictions.
He went on to lament other consequences he has noticed throughout the Blackford County School District since the new regulations went into effect.
“Students are avoiding cafeteria food,” he said, noting that those who do purchase school lunches refuse to eat the very types of foods Obama has been pushing as part of her campaign against childhood obesity.
Similar trends are being reported in districts across the nation. Dr. Lynn Harvey oversees the nutrition program for 1.5 million North Carolina public school students. As such, she has noticed a marked increase in wasted food and a staggering drop in school breakfast participation.
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