US defends pink slime in school lunches

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Jenni - posted on 03/10/2012

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I've heard about the docu but I haven't watched it yet. Luckily, we've banned a lot of pesticides here. Weed killers and such aren't even sold here anymore. I'm not sure about commercial pesticide use. I'm going to have to investigate, but I'm pretty sure we have strict regulations on use of CP.

Jenni - posted on 03/10/2012

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And after reading everyone's comments, I'm wishing COM had a "scary" like button.

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Jenn - posted on 03/12/2012

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Our parents had a say in the catering service used at the school. No junk, very healthy. I still pack lunches for my kids though. I have been labeled a hippie by many in my family because I strive to feed my children locally grown, organic and minimally processed foods. But I don't care. Th best advice I ever heard was if you grandparents don't recognize the ingredients on the labels, then it probably isn't good for you. Unfortunately any families resort to convenience rather than healthy. And parents don't voice their opinions to school boards!!

Shaz - posted on 03/12/2012

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thats.....



and as for confiscating a healthy lunch and giving chicken nuggets instead.....WOW.



In Oz kids have canteens but most parents make the kids lunches... mostly cos its cheeper. Both my kids have a sandwhich, a peice of fruit and a treat. and sometime a fruit juice as well. To buy that at school would cost me nearly $8 or more. so to buy from the canteen is a "treat".

Most of the menu from the canteen is pretty healthy. there isnt really anything junky on the menu and i dont think canteens in West oz are allowed to now anyway...and everything has to be fresh etc....

Kate CP - posted on 03/11/2012

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Yea, it's just dumb. The school lunch program was instituted to feed hungry children because they were too skinny to be recruited by the armed forces.



NOW the armed forces are saying the school lunch programs need to change because the kids are too fat to be recruited. :/

Stifler's - posted on 03/11/2012

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WTF mate. I'm glad we're allowed to pack our kids lunch in a lunch box here too.

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where was it that the kid's homemade lunch got taken away because it "wasn't up to standard" and they made the kid eat chicken nuggets instead???



i'm pretty sure that was here in the US. yeah, North Carolina. so sad. the mom had packed a turkey sandwich and school officials took it away saying it wasn't good enough and made the kid eat off the school's menu. when i saw that i lost what little faith i had left.



here's the link...it's from Fox News which doesn't say much but it's the only one i can find right now and i have to go to work soon so anyway...



http://www.foxnews.com/health/2012/02/15...

Jenni - posted on 03/10/2012

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Yeah, it's mostly just a ban on cosmetic use of pesticides. But it's a start. The website I'm looking at claims there is already stingent regulations on commercial use of pesticides. Whatever that means....

Jenni - posted on 03/10/2012

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:O



I'm in shock and horror. That's an outrage! I just cannot believe they're getting away with this. Government and business needs to be separated like church and state. Sadly, so many people are so goddamn apathetic.

Kate CP - posted on 03/10/2012

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Jenni: The USDA and FDA are both run by people who are actually on the boards of Monsanto and ConAgra, Pfizer and Bayer. There is a HUGE conflict of interest and no body seems to frickin' care. The food that's labeled as healthy and nutritious is full of crap like Ethoxyquin (a preservative and carcinogen), parabens, even wood resin! It's horrific!



All I know is that poor Teddy Roosevelt is rolling over in his grave. :(

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Lmao..omg if Mc D's won't even use it..it must be awful stuff lol.



Thankfully here we pack our kids lunch.My kids get a very healthy non pink slime lunch all the time.

Jenni - posted on 03/10/2012

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LOL @ Jen.



You know it's gotta be bad if Mc Donalds won't even serve it anymore.... yuk.



So I'm not too familiar with the war on school lunches going on in the US. I thought this was suppose to encourage healthy eating at school? But according to many articles I've come across it's like trading KFC for Pizza Hut. I don't get it. Is there some sort of hidden agenda in this move? I'm really questioning their motives.

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Mmmmmmm yummy pink slime!



Grilled pink slime sandwiches for lunch please!

Sauteed pink slime subs

Broiled pink slime baskets



The sky's the limit when it comes to pink slime prep!



My son has his lunch packed from home every day. It's usually a half of a peanut butter & jelly or a 1/2 turkey sandwich. And 2-3 of the following which includes a morning snack break before recess: Some kind of fruit, some kind of veggie-usually cucumber slices (if that's even considered a veggie!) string cheese, yogurt, a granola/cereal bar, maybe a pudding/jello cup, goldfish crackers, pretzel sticks.

Sally - posted on 03/10/2012

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Its hard for me to get my head around if im honest. The states have always been seen as a super power that look after their own , a leader in health issues, the no smoking ban started their and got pick up here. Why do this crap in schools. Im not knocking the us, im saying i find it strange.

Mother - posted on 03/10/2012

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Disgusting!!



"Big Pharma and the SuperFood Corps have the government in their pocket big time." -- WOOOOHOOOOO....so happy to see that people are waking up to this!!

Kate CP - posted on 03/10/2012

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Sadly, it doesn't surprise me. Big Pharma and the SuperFood Corps have the government in their pocket big time. People don't realize that our food is actually becoming quite toxic. :/

Sally - posted on 03/10/2012

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my son is in secondry school think is the same as highschool. The canteen serves a wide range of food and as parents we get to see whats served,yes there's chips etc but on the whole it pretty balance. It has to be, all part of the education reforms cos it was found that for somd kids it would be the only balanced meal they had in a day. They also have to load a swipe card with money and any parent can check what they are eating assuming their interested and if they find their eating nothing but cakes they can set the limit of now many cakes they buy in a week. Im lucky my son doesn't like chips very much but loves baked pot or a salad. I think its a great system but of course you do get parents that don't care. So no pack lunches unless you child wants them.

MeMe - Raises Her Hand (-_-) (Mommy Of A Toddler And Teen) - posted on 03/10/2012

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I have always packed my kids lunch. Once or twice a year I allow her to use her own money and buy lunch at the cafeteria. However, they condone a "healthy" lunch menu. Everything is homemade and everything is baked. They don't even have french fries or hamburgers...

Jodi - posted on 03/10/2012

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Thankful we don't do school lunches here - we get to pack our kids' lunches.

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