USDA Suggests Changes to Grocery Stores to ‘Nudge’ Consumers to Eat Healthy

Talking shopping carts, spotlighting on vegetables

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is suggesting major changes to grocery stores to “nudge” Americans to purchase healthier foods when they shop.

The agency commissioned an “expert panel” to make recommendations on how to guide the more than 47 million Americans on food stamps into spending their benefits on fruits and vegetables.

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.