Michelle Obama Pushing Ban on Junk Food Advertising in Schools

No brand names on vending machines, trashcans, screen savers
First lady Michelle Obama / AP

First lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on Tuesday the introduction of “school wellness standards” that will dictate how food can be marketed in cafeterias and on school grounds and heavily restrict snacks deemed “unhealthy” by the federal government.

Feds Spend $5 Million for ‘Farm to School’ Projects

Program part of Michelle Obama’s Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act
USDA's Farm to School awards $5.2 Million in grants, will teach children how to raise animals that will be used in school lunches

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has allotted over $5 million in grants for “Farm to School” projects, including nearly $100,000 for grade school children in Montana to raise animals that will later appear on their lunch trays.

Ethanol Lobby Calls for Retraction of AP Story

AG Sec Vilsack: ‘a number of errors and inaccuracies’
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The biofuel industry is calling for the retraction of an Associated Press investigation that pins severe environmental damages on the expanded production of corn ethanol in the Midwest.

USDA Celebrates Forcing Kids to Try Kale, Chard, Collard Greens

Farm to School program spends $5 million a year to support school gardens
A USDA intern promotes the Farm to School program at an Oregon elementary school / AP

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) extolled a local elementary school in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. for making its students try broccoli gratin, Tuscan kale, and beet hummus, as an example of the department’s efforts to fight obesity.

GOP Food Stamp Bill Includes $125 Million to Fight Food Deserts

Bill also orders agriculture secretary to examine health benefits of white potatoes
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The House Republican bill to reduce food stamp spending also creates a $125 million program to combat food deserts and orders the agriculture secretary to “review the public health benefits of white potatoes.”