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FOOD POLICE – SCHOOL INSPECTS HOMEMADE LUNCHES

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Carolina Journal News Reports

Preschooler’s Homemade Lunch Replaced

with Cafeteria “Nuggets”

State agent inspects sack lunches, forces preschoolers to purchase cafeteria food instead

Feb. 14th, 2012

RAEFORD — A preschooler at West Hoke Elementary School ate three chicken nuggets for lunch Jan. 30 because a state employee told her the lunch her mother packed was not nutritious.

The girl’s turkey and cheese sandwich, banana, potato chips, and apple juice did not meet U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines, according to the interpretation of the agent who was inspecting all lunch boxes in her More at Four classroom that day.

The Division of Child Development and Early Education at the Department of Health and Human Services requires all lunches served in pre-kindergarten programs — including in-home day care centers — to meet USDA guidelines. That means lunches must consist of one serving of meat, one serving of milk, one serving of grain, and two servings of fruit or vegetables, even if the lunches are brought from home.

When home-packed lunches do not include all of the required items, child care providers must supplement them with the missing ones.

The girl’s mother — who said she wishes to remain anonymous to protect her daughter from retaliation — said she received a note from the school stating that students who did not bring a “healthy lunch” would be offered the missing portions, which could result in a fee from the cafeteria, in her case $1.25.

“I don’t feel that I should pay for a cafeteria lunch when I provide lunch for her from home,” the mother wrote in a complaint to her state representative, Republican G.L. Pridgen of Robeson County. (more…)

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WHAT IS AGENDA 21 AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT?

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

UNITED NATIONS AGENDA 21    –   SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

The following information is condensed from a Special Report on Sustainable Development that was written by Tom DeWeese of the American Policy Center, located in Warrenton, Virginia.  For more detailed information, please contact ampolicycenter@hotmail.com or at their website www.americanpolicy.org where the full Special Report on Sustainable Development can be found.

WHAT IS AGENDA 21 AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT?

Sustainable Development can be traced back to a United Nations policy document called Agenda 21 which was adopted at the U.N.’s Earth Summit in Rio in 1992.    Sustainable Development calls for changing the very infrastructure of the nation, away from private ownership and control of property to nothing short of central planning of the entire economy.   In short, it’s all about wealth redistribution, all in the name of protecting the planet.

We have all heard the key terms it hides under – Cap N Trade, global warming, population control, gun control, open border and illegal immigration, higher taxes, higher gas prices, refusal to drill American oil, education restructuring, International ID’s, natural health supplement control, food control, farming “reform”, control of private property, Social Justice, land use, environmental protection, development diversity, open space, critical thinking  and last but not least,  sustainable development.  These are not random topics but a complete agenda of control that is part of the Sustainable Development/Agenda 21 blueprint. (more…)

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THE FOOD POLICE ARE AT IT AGAIN

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

– The Foundry: Conservative Policy News Blog from The Heritage Foundation – blog.heritage.org

Morning Bell: Food Regulators Out of Control

Posted By Ericka Andersen On September 1, 2011 @ 9:56 am In Enterprise and Free Markets |

First Lady Michelle Obama’s obsession with “childhood obesity” has bothered many since it began two years ago, especially those who think that White House nagging of parents should be reserved for more pressing issues. Now it is getting more serious, with food regulators starting to infringe on the free speech rights of advertisers.

In the latest upset, four federal agencies known as the Interagency Working Group (IWG) have delivered a plan to drastically censor food advertisers with products deemed to be “too high” in sodium, sugar, or fat that cater to any viewing audience between the ages of two and 11. These advertisers would lose key slots during some of America’s most popular shows, like American Idol, America’s Got Talent, and Glee—simply because the nanny state is “uncomfortable” with what they are selling.

The IWG, formed within the 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act to study childhood obesity and offer possible solutions, has gone far beyond their descriptive reach. Now, perfectly reasonable companies may be penalized severely.

The regulators plan to get away with this by disguising their rules as “voluntary guidelines.” In reality, the guidelines are anything but optional, according to food manufacturers affected by them. (more…)

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THE FOOD POLICE – TIME TO STOCKPILE LUCKY CHARMS?

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011
Published on The Weekly Standard (www.weeklystandard.com)

Time to Stockpile Lucky Charms?

The Obama administration targets food marketed to children.

Kate Havard

August 8, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 44

The Obama administration is after your Lucky Charms, or at least your children’s. The public comment period closed on July 14 for a set of “voluntary” guidelines for the marketing of food to children. If adopted, these rules will transform the advertising of breakfast cereals.

Put forward by an interagency working group, the guidelines will establish nutritional standards that most cereals flunk—and not just those of the “Chocolate Frosted Sugar Bombs” variety. Corn Flakes will not be advertisable to children, along with Raisin Bran, Special K, Rice Krispies, and Wheaties. Plain Cheerios squeak by the proposed 2016 rules but fall foul of the “ultimate goal” for sodium effective in 2021.

While cereals are the most obvious targets of the guidelines, all foods marketed to children will have to meet the proposed nutritional standards. Many don’t. Peanut butter (both smooth and crunchy) has too much saturated fat. Jelly has too much sugar. Forget about apple-cinnamon instant oatmeal and Mott’s apple sauce.

These foods may still appear in grocery stores, but not in brightly colored packages adorned with cartoon characters. Toucan Sam, Cap’n Crunch, and Tony the Tiger will have to retire.

The definition of “marketing to children” is broad. A television show is deemed “targeted to children” if 20 percent of the audience is 18 or under. Any child-oriented theme, like education or parenting or T-ball, cannot be mentioned in the advertising of foods that don’t meet the standards. Frosted Flakes will no longer be allowed to sponsor Little League baseball. The Coca Cola Company will have to give up its Coca Cola Scholars Foundation (which provides $3.4 million a year in scholarships) or perhaps rename it after one of the company’s bottled waters. General Mills’s “Box Tops for Education” program will be barred from kid-friendly cereals. The slogan “Choosy moms choose Jif” will be forbidden as too “targeted.” (more…)

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