School lunch program needs major reform to improve nation's health

02/20/2009 | NYTimes.com

The $9 billion National School Lunch Program should be redesigned to improve students' health, write Alice Waters, president of The Chez Panisse Foundation, and Katrina Heron, who directs that foundation and co-produces civileats.com. Rather than encouraging healthy eating, they write, the lunch program sends free high-fat meats, cheeses and processed foods to schools, priming children for a lifetime of dependence on fast-food style fare.

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