This article appeared in Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal. It seems that this administration is now at war with the potato. Yes, you read that correctly.
The Department of Agriculture (whose side are they on?) is preparing a new regulation that would virtually eliminate the white potato from school breakfasts and lunches. I suppose they can do that as, it is the Department of Agriculture that subsidizes those programs.
Apparently the USDA has discovered that white potatoes contain starch, and I can only assume from their proposal that starch is bad.
I’ll bet you didn’t know this.
Last year, the government said participants in the USDA’s program for low-income pregnant women and their children couldn’t use federal money to buy white potatoes. The Institute of Medicine, an arm of the National Academy of Sciences, made the recommendation, arguing most people already eat enough potatoes and should be encouraged to eat other vegetables.
So, apparently, the frontal assault on potatoes has been in motion for a while.
This has greatly upset the folks in Maine, a state whose farmers grow a lot of potatoes. So much so, that,
[at] a March Senate hearing on the USDA budget, Sen. Susan Collins (R., Maine) hoisted a standard-fare brown-skinned spud in one hand and, in the other, a head of iceberg lettuce, which hasn’t come under explicit federal scrutiny. One medium white potato contains nearly twice the vitamin C “as this entire head,” she said, asking: ‘So my question, Mr. Secretary, is what does the department have against potatoes?’
In any event, here is the plan.
Under the USDA proposal, school cafeterias would have to limit starchy vegetables such as potatoes, … to a total of one cup per week for lunch. [emphasis supplied]
The white potato should feel no discrimination, however. The other vegetables under the “starchy one cup per week limit” are peas, lima beans and corn. I doubt your eight year old will miss the peas and the lima beans. And, as far as the corn is concerned, “Big Ethanol” will be happy to use it to further corrode your car’s fuel system.
Well, maybe all isn’t lost, after all.
Can anyone read the above and conclude that this isn’t an administration run amok?