Nutrition In The Schools: All Ingredients MatterMon 30 Apr 2012
Story by Nutrition in the Schools
Food Revolution Community Group of the Month
Nutrition in the Schools is a group of schools in the Pennsylvania and surrounding areas that began with the sole purpose of trying to help change the current school meals from processed to fresh.
In our pledge to change school lunches and make them more nutritional, we uncovered so much more that was of concern. Not only are people unaware of what ingredients are in the school foods that our kids are eating, but are also unaware of what they are consuming.
We set up the Nutrition in the schools, Upper Dublin PA Food Revolution community group to provide resources and support for better nutrition in meals served to children during the school day, whether brought from home or purchased in schools. For schools, our mission is to encourage and support on-site freshly prepared foods for school meals, and limit the amount of minimally nutritional food items that are available during a school day. Also to encourage schools to offer nutritional education as part of the curriculum in every year from K-12th grade
All Ingredients Matter
We have tried to work with the school systems, but there are many challenges, which prevent implementing many of the necessary positive changes. Cost and labor are just two of the challenges that are taken into consideration when making school food choices.
Interestingly recent information has received much media attention concerning non-disclosed ingredients, like 'Pink Slime'. These ingredients are present in the food not only served to children in school, but also in supermarket meats, but yet these ingredients are not listed on any label.
Therefore we created a petition on Change.org - All Ingredients Matter: Mandate Every Ingredient be listed on the label.
In addition to school foods, foods sold in hospitals, restaurants as well as any food for sale in a retail store ought to have ALL nutritional and ingredient information readily available for the consumer. Therefore we are asking the FDA and USDA to ensure that ALL nutritional information and EVERY ingredient that is in the food sold in the US is placed on the label of that product.
Full disclosure is what we demand and deserve wherever food items are offered for sale. Since parents are not with their children when they buy lunch at school, a regulation needs to include full disclosure of all ingredients and nutritional information on school lunch menus, so parents can make informed decisions for their children prior to them buying the food.
Making Educated Decisions
At a time when the childhood obesity and type II diabetes rates are rising, and overall healthcare has become a concern, it is time that we all know what is in our food so that we can make educated decisions for ourselves and our families. Although the FDA and/or USDA may consider it safe, it still needs to be on the label. If you want to STOP this “secret” practice of partial disclosure that exists today then join Nutrition in the Schools, sign this petition and have your voice heard!
We believe that we have the right to know exactly what is in our food by making it mandatory that all ingredients and nutritional information be listed on food product labels in retail stores and visibly listed on food menus at restaurants, hospitals and schools. If you believe the same then join us in asking the USDA and FDA to label everything that goes in to our food.
Thank you for the support,
Nutrition in the Schools
About Nutrition in the Schools: Nutrition in the Schools is a group of schools in the Pennsylvania and surrounding areas that began with the sole purpose of trying to help change the current school meals from processed to fresh. Beginning the endeavor in April 2010, with just one school district, Nutrition in the Schools are now 9 school districts strong. Read more about their work here. Visit the community group here: Nutrition in the schools, Upper Dublin PA Food Revolution.
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