Congress Says Pizza is Still a Vegetable!
One day, when historians look back on how everyone in this country became deliciously chubby, they'll point to this story. Congress says that pizza counts as a vegetable.
Here's what's going on. The USDA has been trying to change the requirements for schools to get federal subsidies on their lunches. And that would include requiring kids to eat more healthy vegetables.
Under their proposal, schools would have to limit potatoes, so they couldn't serve fries five days a week and call them vegetables.
And yes, having two tablespoons of tomato paste on a pizza also wouldn't count as a vegetable anymore. It does right now.
The companies that make frozen pizzas for schools, and the salt and potato industries, didn't want those changes to happen. And some Republicans agreed, saying that the government shouldn't regulate what kids eat.
So both the House and Senate rejected the USDA's proposal, and came up with an alternative that basically keeps everything the same as it is now. Pizza's a vegetable, French fries are vegetables, let it ride.
Amy Dawson Taggart is the director of a nonprofit called Mission: Readiness. They say that poor nutrition in school lunches actually weakens the country because obesity is the TOP reason people are disqualified from military service.
She says, "We are outraged that Congress is seriously considering language that would effectively categorize pizza as a vegetable, it doesn't take an advanced degree in nutrition to call this a national disgrace."