***Our news guest blogger: Brandon Smith twitter.com/greenletters is back to share information about the Child Nutrition Act. He is investigating the latest in school lunch news. ***
When I went searching for news about school lunches, I found the main stories right now are about this website. That’s both wonderful and scary at the same time. What I mean is, these personal anecdotes are what our country needs to get the ball rolling with school lunches. (To me the “issue” is an ageist and classist injustice.) But where were the traditional news sources this week? A lot happened and it seems as though much of it was overlooked by them. I hope the journalists are just taking their time to put together really thorough reports.
Vilsack is very much a big-agribusiness insider, and as much as he might be behind his boss’ plans and believe in the fuzzy big-picture goal of helping children, the “big agribusiness” way of thinking brought us to this point. School lunches aren’t funded well enough to purchase commodities other than super-discounted ones, and policy often mandates that excess commodities (no matter their nutritional relevance) be purchased for the program. This benefits massive farming operations and agriculture-related companies—not children.