Under Michelle Obama, we saw some of the most extreme government meddling in our food systems. While many liberals and moderates claimed that this was good for the children, conservatives responded with anger, claiming that they were taking away our children’s freedom of choice.
President Trump apparently agrees, however, because he’s just brought back one of every kid’s favorite food choices and put it on the menu. We’re sorry to say it, Former First Lady Michelle Obama, but that chocolate milk you didn’t want kids having has now been given back to the people.
According to the Daily Wire:
“The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Thursday published a new interim rule, due to take effect on July 1 after a period of public comment, which relaxes sodium limits and whole-grain requirements on school lunches and also allows flavored milk with 1 percent back into school cafeterias nationwide,” reports ABC.
This means 1% chocolate milk can make it’s way back to schoolchildren’s lunch trays by July.
“This is not reducing the nutritional standards whatsoever,” said Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue back in May, when the changes were introduced. “I wouldn’t be as big as I am today without flavored milk.”
In a statement released on Thursday, Perdue said, “Schools need flexibility in menu planning so they can serve nutritious and appealing meals. Schools want to offer food that students actually want to eat. It doesn’t do any good to serve nutritious meals if they wind up in the trash can.”
Mrs. Obama championed the Healthy and Hunger-Free Kids Act which passed in 2010 during her tenure in the White House. The flawed initiative intended to reduce obesity rates in children, ran into numerous problems when implemented, namely wasted food (students were mandated to take one fruit or vegetable, whether or not they actually planned to eat it) and pricey budgets.