Congress is now considering the "Healthy School Meals Act," which would give schools extra money for serving kids more fruits and veggies. Politicians in Washington think they know better than individual schools what food should be served. But bloated government breeds many contractions: These are the same politicians who set our farm policy, which gives massive subsidies to meat producers. when the last farm bill was being debated, The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine reported that:
The bill provides billions of dollars in subsidies, much of which goes to huge agribusinesses producing feed crops... fed to animals. By funding these crops, the government supports the production of meat and dairy products—the same products that contribute to our growing rates of obesity and chronic disease. Fruit and vegetable farmers, on the other hand, receive less than 1 percent of government subsidies.
No crop should get subsidies. But the politicians’ solution is to keep supporting meat production -- and then turn around and pay schools to serve vegetables.