We've been hearing for months that Michelle Obama is some kind of communist for pushing improvements in school lunches. I keep wondering: why would anyone want to credit communism as the inspiration for so self-evidently a good thing?
Anyway, the pressure appears to be working. Human beings are learning animals after all—even school dietitians:
With new federal standards for school meals going into effect this month, and a renewed focus on the issue brought by the first lady, Michelle Obama, thousands of school chefs, food service workers and nutrition experts from around the country gathered in Denver this week at an annual conference put on by the School Nutrition Association, a nonprofit organization of school food professionals.
As vendors hawked samples of every imaginable school fare — whole-grain rolls, turkey sandwiches, pizza squares — cooks and school food administrators traded tips on how to improve their schools’ cuisine, part of a nationwide push to make school food tastier and more healthful.
But it was the new federal Department of Agriculture nutrition standards for school meals that seemed the main topic of conversation.
The rules establish calorie and sodium limits for meals, require schools to serve larger portions of fruits and vegetables and mandate that all milk be 1 percent or nonfat. Requirements for the use of whole grains are also being phased in.