The Agriculture Department last year released results of a comprehensive study of school nutrition programs to gauge the impact of new, strict standards implemented in 2010 by the Obama administration. The news was all good. The nutritional quality of school-provided breakfasts and lunches had improved significantly, schools that had the healthiest meals had the greatest rates of student participation and – contrary to worries about more students dumping and not eating the food – “plate waste” was about the same as before the law went into effect.
Following a now-familiar pattern, the Trump administration did not allow these facts to get in the way as it announced plans to roll back standards mandating healthy changes in food at schools. The administration once again bowed to big business while demonstrating its continuing obsession with undoing the achievements of the prior administration. And never mind children’s health.