April 2011

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?