One of Michelle Obama's lasting legacies concerns something you might not think of when you think of the American political landscape: lunch food.
However, whatever Obama achieved through legislation and advocacy work might be under threat thanks to Donald Trump's new anti-regulation agenda. The food industry has watched Trump roll back regulations in other segments of business in the U.S. and is hoping he will assist them in getting rid of food transparency mandates.
The key battlegrounds? School lunches and food menu labels.
The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 focused quite a bit on cleaning up school lunches. Obama's efforts were part of her Let's Move campaign, which was aimed at combating childhood obesity.
But all that could change under the new US Department of Agriculture chief, Sonny Perdue. Monday he and Sen. Pat Roberts (R. Kan.) are expected to announce a new rule that will give "schools more flexibility in meeting federal nutrition standards for lunches," the Hill reports.
Health advocates, however, are worried about what easing the federal standards may mean. Nancy Brown, CEO of the American Heart Associated told the Hill that the current standards are already making a difference, noting that 99 percent of schools are in compliance.
“Improving children’s health should be a top priority for the USDA, and serving more nutritious foods in schools is a clear-cut way to accomplish this goal,” she said in a public statement.
“Rather than altering the current path forward, we hope the agency focuses more on providing technical assistance that can help schools get across the finish line if they haven’t done so already," Brown added.
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