Free for All

Free for All

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How did our children end up eating nachos, pizza, and Tater Tots for lunch? Taking us on an eye-opening journey into the nation's school kitchens, this superbly researched book is the first to provide a comprehensive assessment of school food in the United States. Janet Poppendieck explores the deep politics of food provision from multiple perspectives--history, policy, nutrition, environmental sustainability, taste, and more. How did we get into the absurd situation in which nutritionally regulated meals compete with fast food items and snack foods loaded with sugar, salt, and fat? What is the nutritional profile of the federal meals? How well are they reaching students who need them? Opening a window onto our culture as a whole, Poppendieck reveals the forces--the financial troubles of schools, the commercialization of childhood, the reliance on market models--that are determining how lunch is served. She concludes with a sweeping vision for change: fresh, healthy food for all children as a regular part of their school day.The Centers for Disease Controla#39;s School Health Policies and Programs Study ( SHPPS) for 2006 reports that ... middle/junior high schools, and 89.4 percent of senior high schools have a vending machine, school store, canteen, or snack bar where ... a noticeable improvement over the 2000 SHPPS, which reported that 43 percent of elementary schools, 73.9 percent ... See H. Wechsler et al., a€œFood Service and Foods and Beverages Available at School: Results from the School Healthanbsp;...

Title:Free for All
Author: Janet Poppendieck
Publisher:Univ of California Press - 2010-01-04

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