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Congress: Make Pizza a Vegetable!

In the future, all veggies will come in tubes.

Congress continues its race to the bottom:

If you put nutritious broccoli and kale on top of a chocolate-glazed donut, can the concoction be considered equivalent to a vegetable serving?

This is the same logic that Congress is about to incorporate into a new law as it gets ready to vote on legislation that would, among other things, allow public schools to count a small amount tomato paste that is put on top of pizzas to be counted as a vegetable.

A couple of teaspoons of tomato paste—which is about as far from a raw tomato as a byproduct can be and still have "tomato" in the name—and kids are supposed to be satisfying a veggie serving? Come on. Then again, this is the same Congress that hit its lowest approval rating in, well, ever, last month when polls showed that only nine percent of Americans approved of the job they were doing.

Hopefully the District of Columbia Public Schools ignores this foolishness and continues to serve healthier lunches. On the menu today at area middle schools:

  • Spicy Asian Glazed Chicken
  • Stir-Fried Brown Rice w/ Veggies
  • Stir-Fried Fresh Vegetables w/ Napa Cabbage & Local Bok Choy
  • Locally Grown Pear

Photo by Ross Catrow via Flickr/Creative Commons Attribution Generic 2.0 License

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