No one in their right mind would consider pizza a vegetable!
with that said, in 2011 Congress passed a law that considers pizza a vegetable.
Minnesota’s Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar and six of its eight representatives voted to block a rule proposed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that would have stopped a slice of pizza from being counted as a vegetable serving in school cafeterias. Amy Klobuchar wrote a letter to the Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, the letter express concern about changing the vegetable rating for tomato paste.
“Tomato paste contributes dietary fiber, potassium — a nutrient of concern for children — as well as Vitamins A and C, I believe we must focus on increasing fruits and vegetables rather than decreasing specific foods that provide an important source of essential nutrients.” (2011)
The reason this law came to be is because school lunch programs by law have to serve students 50% vegetables in there lunches. Amy Klobuchar is the Senator who started the pizza is a vegetable argument and I should add the she receives campaign contributions from the Swans Company who holds over 85% of the school lunch program contracts.
The Schwan Company insisted to Minnesota legislators they didn’t set out to protect pizza as a vegetable serving however its trade association spent more than $500,000 lobbying against the tomato paste bill. Schwan’s argument is that one tablespoon of tomato paste provides the equivalent nutrients of approximately three tomatoes. However they seem to forget about the fact that school pizza also contains bread, meat, and cheese.
In 1998 The Center for Responsive politics began keeping track their expenditures. They found that Schwan’s spent $543,000 lobbying against the tomato paste restriction among other special interests of its members. In 2011 their efforts prevailed and the bill passed, that’s how pizza became a vegetable.
So thanks to money in politics the two table spoons of tomato paste on a piece of pizza is enough to consider pizza a vegetable. All parents can rest assured that their children are getting enough vegetables at school now.
Stop The Madness
Anyone with an ounce of common sense would know that serving pizza to k-12 students and calling at a vegetable is hazardous already existing public health crisis of childhood obesity. In fact a group of retired generals from Minnesota called Mission: Readiness stated that 69 percent of young adults in Minnesota can not serve in the military due to poor health.
The Military, who pays $1.5 billion a year on obesity-related health care spending and costs to replace unfit personnel concluded that the childhood obesity crisis is disqualifying millions of young adults from military service and prioritizing gym class and healthier school lunches is a matter of national security. This is highlighted in the groups mission report named “Too fat, frail, and out of breathe to fight”.
Every honest report regarding childhood obesity shows an increase at an alarming rate. Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years. Obesity in children is a serious issue with health and social consequences that often continue into adulthood.
I find this extremely unethical and hypocritical of our Government. I find this unethical because serving pizza as vegetables to students is a hazardous to children’s health and its being forced upon them by our Government who is suppose to look out for public health, especially when it comes to children.
I find this hypocritical because our government is basically ensuring that children stay obese by telling them pizza is a vegetable and they also are in control of our health insurance and that is a conflict of goals, that is, unless the goal is to keep people sick and fat in order to make profit. So if you think about that our government is forcing fatty foods on children then profiting off of a sick population. It’s a self-sustaining system of profit and suffering in my opinion.
Childhood obesity rates are higher than ever and pizza is defiantly not a vegetable, I’m confidant that anyone not receiving money to say otherwise would agree. Our Congress ought to be smart enough to know that and I wish they understood that when they are in charge of the school lunch program they have a moral responsibility as Congressmen to look out for the health and safety of American students and not view it as a way to make money. Shame on everyone involved.
Interesting fact- If a child incorrectly identifies pizza as a vegetable on a standardized test, there’s an entirely different group of lobbyists who will argue that public school teachers have failed America’s children.