Tuesday, February 14, 2012

All Your Lunch Are Belong To Us...

Tyranny comes in many forms, but the ever creeping one is the soft variation:
A mother in Hoke County complains her daughter was forced to eat a school lunch because a government inspector determined her home-made lunch did not meet nutrition requirements.


The mother, who doesn’t wish to be identified at this time, says she made her daughter a lunch that contained a turkey and cheese sandwich, a banana, apple juice and potato chips. A state inspector assessing the pre-K program at the school said the girl also needed a vegetable, so the inspector ordered a full school lunch tray for her.
I'm trying to figure out a) how pre-school came under the guise of the state in the first place, and b) what business is it of the school, the district, or (God help us) the United States Department of Agriculture. Seriously, the nutrition standards are based on the thoughts and opinions of a bunch of bureaucrats in downtown DC and Beltsville. Beltsville!
The nutrition standards for pre-K lunch require milk, two servings of fruit or vegetable, bread or grains and a meat or meat alternative.
What the hell is a 'meat alternative', anyway?  Back to the point...

My parents would have gone to jail based on these standards. My lunches in "pre-K" - we called it nursery school back then - were sometimes a grilled cheese sandwich, or when Mom was feeling generous, she would cut up a couple of potatoes and deep fry them. No fruits or vegetables made their way into my lunches then. I drank Kool-Aid (just plain old Kool-Aid, rather than "the"), iced tea, or Coke with it. Guess what?  I think I turned out fine, and so did my peers.  And we aren't that old.

Like so many other things going on in our society, it's all about who is in control. No more and no less. Power, in other words, is the only 'currency'. The question is: are we going to keep letting ourselves get walked all over? At this moment, it sure looks like it. I pray we don't, but let's just say it doesn't look good.

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