|photo from mypizzabrothers.com|
On Tuesday congress ruled that the tomato paste spread on top of pizza served in school lunches (about 2 tablespoons), counts as a vegetable.
This ruling comes in response to a USDA's proposal earlier in the year to limit the amount of potatoes served in school lunches, reduce sodium, and increase servings of whole grains. The USDA had also wanted to increase the serving size of tomato sauce to 1/2 cup (to match other vegetable servings), all in good effort to improve the nutrition of school lunches and the health of American youth.
Apparently that's just too much to ask. And while I marvel at the lobbying power of the frozen pizza industry, this decision is just plain embarrassing.
You can read more on the provision HERE.
If only congress published a seed catalog, so that all farmers could grow government-approved vegetables, like pizza and sloppy joes.