The Food Police Next Target: Potatoes
To hell with potato growers, Nanny State doesn't want your produce.
GLEED, Wash. (AP) - Potato growers are fighting back against efforts to ban or limit potatoes in federal child nutrition programs, arguing the tuber is loaded with potassium and vitamin C and shouldn't be considered junk food.
One Washington man is so exasperated by the proposals that he's in the midst of a 60-day, all potato diet to demonstrate that potatoes are nutritious.
"We're just really concerned that this is a misconception to the public that potatoes aren't healthy," said Chris Voigt, head of the Washington Potato Commission. "The potato isn't the scourge of the earth. It's nutrition."
Healthy food advocates said they're not anti-potato, but they think children need a greater variety of fruits, vegetables and whole grains to fight a tripling of child obesity rates in the past 30 years.
"The potato is the most common vegetable," said Diane Pratt-Heavner, spokeswoman for the School Nutrition Association. "My impression is that the goal is to increase the amounts of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. I don't believe anyone is specifically attacking the potato."
With that in mind, the Institute of Medicine, the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences, recommended that the U.S. Department of Agriculture stop participants of the federal Women, Infants and Children program, known as WIC, from buying potatoes with federal dollars. The institute also called for the USDA-backed school lunch program to limit use of potatoes[...]
At Naches Valley Primary School, which sits in the agricultural hub of central Washington, some 7-year-old students weren't so sure.
"No potatoes?" second-grader Madison Nunley asked incredulously.
"That would be bad." Chimed in schoolmate Leah Marko, "That would be so not cool. I love tater tots."
Indeed Madison & Leah - that would be so not cool
Thanks to Kenny Solomon
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