Family Research Council

Government 'Schools' Parents on Nutrition


By Tony Perkins
February 13, 2013

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There may be no such thing as a free lunch--but there should be freedom in buying one! Hello, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. A new USDA snack policy is taking a bite out of parental authority. The agency just released a 160 page proposal that would limit calories on all food sold in schools. That means potato chips and soda are out--yogurt and fruit cups are in. Of course, the question isn't whether American kids have a weight problem--but who should solve it? The USDA says that encouraging better nutrition is a "team sport," but that's just another way of saying the government knows better than parents. The education system is already force-feeding kids everything from sex education to evolution. So obviously, this is more about power than food. In the meantime, who's Washington to lecture us on responsibility? The government has gone on such a spending binge that we are $16 Trillion in debt. If anyone needs to learn to cut back, it is Washington.

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