Imagine a world in which the decisions you make for your children are irrelevant. It’s a world in which the state, rather than the parents, determines what your child must eat for lunch.
Parents in Hoke County, N.C., are experiencing it firsthand, according to Civitas Institute. At West Hoke Elementary School, preschoolers are being forced to supplement their homemade lunches with meals provided by their school because a government inspector has determined the lunches they bring from home don’t meet Federal guidelines.
One mother, who asked not to be identified, told Civitas that she made her daughter a lunch that contained a turkey and cheese sandwich, a banana, apple juice and potato chips (that’s reasonably healthful, if you leave out the chips). A state inspector assessing the pre-K program at the school said the girl also needed a vegetable, so the inspector ordered a full school lunch tray for her. So while the 4-year-old was still allowed to eat her home lunch, she was forced to take a helping of processed, chemical-laden chicken nuggets, dead milk, a fruit and a vegetable to supplement her sack lunch.
According to Civitas:
The government inspector was from the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale-Revised program at the FPG Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The program gives schools a grade based on standards that include USDA (Department of Agriculture) meal guidelines enforced by the N.C. Division of Early Childhood Development.
The nutrition standards for pre-K lunch require milk, two servings of fruit or vegetable, bread or grains and a meat or meat alternative. The school didn’t receive a high grade from the January assessment because the home-made lunches didn’t meet those guidelines.
The mother said she sent a note to her child’s teacher asking that her child not be required to eat anything that doesn’t come out of her lunch box. But the school continues to require her to take a school meal, even after she complained to cafeteria workers.
She then sent a statement to State Representative G.L. Pridgen (R-Robeson) detailing her complaint. Pridgen says he was shocked to hear it. Pridgen has since learned this is a nationwide practice based on Federal guidelines, according to Civitas.
Contrary to popular belief, the USDA is not interested the health of Americans. If it were, it wouldn’t be making war on raw milk sellers and organic food producers and the natural supplement industry, nor would it allow Monsanto free reign to contaminate crops with genetically modified organisms or food processors like General Mills to make specious claims on the health benefits of their foods.