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Crapo, Risch Fight USDA Potato Rules

Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch are deeply concerned about new guidelines from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that would drastically reduce the use of potatoes in school lunches.  The Idaho Senators are joining Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Mark Udall (D-Colorado) to introduce an amendment to the Senate Agriculture Appropriations bill to prevent the USDA from requiring schools to cut the amount of potatoes served in school meals.  This proposed rule would cost the federal government $6.8 billion over five years while discriminating against a vegetable with more potassium than a banana/U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo, news release. More here.

Question: Are you as persuaded as Sens. Risch & Crapo that potatoes should be kept in school lunches at the current levels?

Steve: School Lunches Of Yore

You’ve heard a lot of whining lately about how unhealthy school lunches are supposed to be. Heck, a group of retired military officers recently labeled cafeteria fare a national security threat because it’s making young adults too fat to enlist. Those veterans have probably forgotten what they were served at school. I came across some of my old school lunch menus while cleaning out a closet recently: Biscuits and gravy, chile gravy, prune bread sandwiches, buttered rice cup, chipped beef on toast, creamed salmon on roll, egg sandwiches, custard, dates stuffed with peanut butter, cream cheese sandwiches. Of course, most of us look the way we do today because of Golden and Nephi Grigg, who invented the Tater Tot in 1953/Steve Crump, Twin Falls Times-News. More here.

Question: Can you describe the dishes in your favorite school lunch?

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