AGRIBUSINESS: Congress Considers Schools Waiving Healthy Lunches

School lunch is an important part of each student’s day, and recently, USDA is encouraging young people to learn better eating habits by providing healthy alternatives.  But some children don’t like the new food, which is costing school districts money.

On Tuesday, the House Ag Appropriations Subcommittee approved a measure requiring USDA to grant waivers to schools that suffered six months of financial loss.

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack is against these changes, he says 30 percent of children in the U.S. are in danger of being overweight or obese.

Representative Sam Farr of California says the measure would waste taxpayer dollars. Schools opting out of the program would still keep the six cent increase in federal reimbursement under the 2015 Ag Appropriations Bill.

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