USDA Tells Farms, Schools to Work Together

USDA Tells Farms, Schools to Work Together

As part of a piece of legislation that President Obama recently signed into law, public schools will now be encouraged to use local farmers to provide produce when they accept bids on food items. This is one of those wishy-washy pieces of law that makes you think, “Eh, it’s okay, but why doesn’t it go further?” In other words, why make a rule that “encourages” local farms to work with local schools when you can mandate that it be done instead?

If the government could operate on a local level—rather than a national one—on partnering up schools and farms—as well as to create their own school gardens, which is one of the most educational and beneficial things they could do, particularly in today’s environment—would that not be so much more beneficial?

Other mandates of the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act include the banning of whole milk from the school cafeteria (I’d rather see that crappy 10% juice, French fries, and soda banned, myself; my underweight, former preemie is still encouraged to drink whole milk from her pediatrician, after all), new nutritional standards that schools must meet, and adds a small funding increase to how much school food programs receive to feed children.