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Students 'eat more fruits and vegetables' under new school lunch standards. By: Honor Whiteman
 
In 2012, the US Department of Agriculture updated the guidelines on school lunches, recommending that schools should offer healthier meals to students. New research from the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, MA, suggests that these guidelines have increased fruit and vegetable consumption among low-income students.
  
The study, recently published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, is the first to assess how the new recommendations have impacted the diets of students.
 
According to the research team, led by Juliana Cohen of the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health, approximately 32 million US students eat school meals every day. They note that for many low-income students, school lunches account for up to 50% of their daily energy intake.
 
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) set out new guidelines for school lunches in the fall of 2012, with the aim of improving their nutritional quality.

These guidelines stated that schools should:
Increase their offering of whole grain-rich foods
Offer only fat-free or low-fat milk varieties to students
Ensure students are offered both fruits and vegetables every day of the week
Increase focus on reducing the amount of saturated fat, trans fat and sodium in foods, and Limit calories based on the age of children being served to ensure the correct portion size is given.
Significant increase in fruit and vegetable consumption
  
The investigators analyzed the food waste of 1,030 students from four low-income urban schools in Massachusetts both before and after the new USDA guidelines came into effect.
 
Results of the analysis revealed that after the new guidelines were introduced, fruit selection increased by almost 23%, from 52.7% to 75.7%. As there was no corresponding increase in food waste, this suggested that students are eating their fruit rather than throwing it away.
 
Furthermore, the investigators found there was an increase in vegetable consumption, from 24.9% before the new guidelines to 41.1% after.

Commenting on the findings, Dr. Cohen says: There is a push from some organizations and lawmakers to weaken the new standards. We hope the findings, which show that students are consuming more fruits and vegetables, will discourage those efforts.

No increase in food waste, but still a concern The researchers found no increase in food waste after the new standards were applied, compared with food waste levels beforehand. This challenges previous reports stating that the recommendations would have the opposite impact.
  
However, the researchers point out that there were still large amounts of food ending up in the trash. Both before and after the new guidelines, approximately 60-75% of vegetables and 40% of fruits were thrown away after they were served.
 
For the full article please visit:
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/273460.php

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Read the editorial from the New York Times:
More Hunger for the Poorest Americans.

In December 2013, Governor Cuomo launched the New York State Anti-Hunger Task-Force as a key resource in our ongoing efforts to eliminate hunger and improve access to locally grown and produced fresh food to New Yorkers.  The task force will be chaired by Margarette Purvis, President and CEO of the Food Bank of New York City, and will include experts in hunger and nutrition, anti-hunger advocates, service providers, representatives of the agriculture industry, local government and education officials, representatives of the non-profit and private sectors, and members of the Governors Cabinet.  Press Release here...

Bringing fresh, affordable produce to 'food deserts' in the South Bronx by Elizabeth Ponsot August 17, 2012 on PBS Need to Know
Healthy Eating advocate Kerry McLean, community director for WHEDco, spoke about providing technical assistance to Bronx residents who express interest in starting a Green Cart, an entrepreneurial possibility with relatively few start-up barriers.  

Gardening, Farming Take Root in New York City
      --Posted by Jane Hodgins, Northern Research Station, U.S. Forest Service,
      
 December 19, 2012

If your picture of New York City is skyscrapers and neon, consider expanding that image to include vegetable crops – a lot of vegetable crops – growing everywhere from ground level to rooftops. The Big Apple boasts the largest community gardening program in the United States, bringing more local food into the city’s food system... More

Can Urban Agriculture Feed a hungry World?
Agricultural  researchers believe  that building indoor  farms in the middle of cities could help  solve the world’s  hunger problem.  Here is an article in  

Zeit News dated August 17, 2012 about  Manhattan and  vertical farming.
 


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