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Poll: Is Pizza a Vegetable?

According to Congress, pizza sauce will still be counted as a vegetable in school lunches after members blocked a proposed overhaul of the nation's school lunch program. What do you think?

Does pizza count as a vegetable?

According to Congress, it does.

Congress on Monday blocked an overhaul to the nation's school lunch program that would have cut the amount of potatoes served and would have changed the way schools get credit for serving vegetables only counting tomato paste on a slice of pizza if more than a quarter-cup of it was used, according to a story in The New York Times. The new regulations would also have cut in half the amount of sodium in school meals over the next 10 years.

“While it is unfortunate that some in Congress chose to bow to special interests, U.S.D.A. remains committed to practical, science-based standards for school meals that improve the health of our children,” the U.S. Agriculture Department said in the statement, according to the Times article.

The Times said the proposed changes—the first in 15 years to the $11-billion school lunch program—were meant to reduce childhood obesity by adding more fruits and vegetables to school lunch menus.

Representatives of the American Frozen Food Institute argued that the proposed changes would result in "massive new costs."

What do you think about pizza as a vegetable and the nutrition value of our nation's school lunch program?

James Coller November 19, 2011 at 03:28 AM
Congress allows pizza sauce to count as a vegetable, yet they wonder why America's next generation is having so many health problems and increasing obesity rates...
Sue Czarnecki November 19, 2011 at 03:09 PM
Pizza sauce is made from tomatoes. I thought the tomato was a fruit.
Nancy Smith November 19, 2011 at 06:04 PM
The proposed change would lead to "massive new costs"???? Have they considered the massive costs to health care without these changes?! Most importantly, have they considered the health and welfare of our children?! This will be the first generation of children who will not outlive their parents.
Donald Grace November 19, 2011 at 11:12 PM
Maybe we should check to see in the members of congress are buying stock in tomatoes or pizza sauce.
Doug Glondeniz November 21, 2011 at 12:54 AM
I think the members of Congress that voted in favor of this are vegetables, and should be taken to task for for selling us out (again).
Ilene Marschner November 21, 2011 at 01:57 AM
I think Congress thought they were voting on whether THEY are vegetables.
kim meltzer December 05, 2011 at 04:43 AM
I think I can speak on behalf of all kids, "Thank God!"

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