The USDA is fed up (pun intended), and now they’re fighting back – against the disgusting photos of federally-controlled school lunches that all you kids keep posting to social media.
Now that the school year is coming to a close across this great nation, students will no longer be able to catch snaps of their horsemeat on a soggy bun, their watery sauces and their meager portions, all meals issued pursuant to Michelle Obama’s healthy eating standards, foisted on public schools and their unconsenting populations. Those photos, tagged with the creative hashtag, #ThanksMichelleObama, in reference to her contributions to the anti-obesity campaign (centered, it seems, on making school food so disgusting that kids would rather skip meals than eat them), have made the USDA’s crusade against unhealthy food all the more difficult.
But while they’re mounting a defense, it seems to be about as hearty as the meals they’re forcing schools to serve.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is pushing back against a campaign criticizing First Lady Michelle Obama’s school lunch rules by showing one picture of a somewhat appetizing child’s lunch.
“They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and in the digital age we have ample opportunity to document and broadcast every moment, meeting and meal,” wrote Deborah Kane, the national director of the USDA Farm to School Program, in a blog post Thursday.
“We have all seen those unappetizing photos of food served at school that quickly go viral,” she said. “A lonesome whole wheat bun atop a sad fish fillet; a mysterious-looking meat mixture served next to an apple. It’s natural to ask, ‘Is this what they serve for lunch!?’”
“No, it’s really not,” Kane said.
The blog post is entitled “Photo Worthy Meals” but includes only one photo of one actual meal, served not in your run-of-the-mill public school, but in a charter school.
And its not just any charter school, either. It’s a special school, that has its own agricultural education program, part of a “farm-to-school” initiative the USDA runs in a couple of select charter schools that they also happen to subsidize through a grant program. So while this is a really nice looking lunch of fish, brown rice, fresh corn, salad, apple, milk and dessert, it’s not even close to representative, unless, of course, the push is to expand these farm programs to every public school in the country (and I suppose it could be).
From now on, according to the USDA, they would much prefer if social media would bend to the federal government’s will and stop showing what lunch is like in the other 99.9% of public schools. If your school lunch is disgusting, keep it to yourself, denizens of the Internet, and stop taking out your hunger-based aggression on our poor First Lady and an overbearing government agency, just because you can’t seem to understand that they know better than you what decisions you should make in your cafeteria. Your food is beautiful. Eat up!
Of course if the past is any indication, the denizens of the Internet will keep on doing what they do. As long as hot dogs and horsemeat keep ending up on styrofoam lunch trays, the Internet will continue to provide ample evidence that, perhaps, its best the government doesn’t get involved in everything.