Senator Mark Udall fears the proposal, which aims to reduce starchy vegetable servings to one cup weekly, will unfairly present potatoes as less healthy than other vegetables. According to 9News, Colorado is the fourth largest producer of potatoes in the country, amounting to around $300 million annually.
Senator Michael Bennet, a former superintendent, supports giving kids healthier meals at school, but favors practical implementation that does not overburden school districts. In a statement to HuffPost, Senator Bennet said, “The new child nutrition standards should apply nutrition science in developing the proper role for potatoes as part of that diet.”
Representative Jared Polis, however, supports the new rules. “The new school meals rule will ensure that children are eating better foods at school and are therefore more prepared to learn and are less likely to suffer from obesity and related illnesses,” said Polis. “Healthier school meals are a smart investment in our children and will save us billions in health costs down the road.”
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