Today the Senate Agriculture Committee holds a hearing on school meal programs across the country. Up for debate is the food fight over nutrition requirements in the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010. National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson says Senate Ag Chair Debbie Stabenow supports the Act calling for changing of nutrition requirements and believes it’s necessary in order to fight childhood obesity.
Johnson says the majority of ag groups have not taken a position on the issue and are waiting to see what happens.
Republicans who oppose the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act argue school districts find the requirements too expensive and that many children won’t even eat the so called healthier meals. Democrats led by First Lady Michelle Obama are pushing for the legislation.