A bipartisan pair of U.S. Senators have introduced legislation banning the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) from including cell-cultivated meat products on its menu.

The NSLP is the federally assisted meal program in public and nonprofit private schools and residential childcare institutions. It serves more than 4,9 billion lunches annually to more than 30 million children in about 100,000 schools.

U.S. Senators Mike Rounds, R-SD, and Jon Tester, D-MT, are sponsoring The School Lunch Integrity Act of 2024 to prevent lab-grown protein from being served in the School Lunch and Breakfast Programs.

Cell-grown meat has been in the active research

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For anyone who still gets the printed version of The New York Times, the pretty magazine among all those advertising inserts is worth a read today. It contains a smartly illustrated story entitled, “How School Lunch Became the Latest Political Battleground,” by Nicholas Confessore. It can also be found online here. Confessore, who was part of a team that won a Pulitzer for covering the downfall of short-time New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, writes about national politics, so for him to tackle school lunches as a topic might seem strange. It’s certainly not as sexy as writing about pricey
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This past week probably saw the first-ever national political coverage of an annual meeting of the School Nutrition Association, which went down in Boston. Most everybody knows SNA is the organization of about 55,000 who manage and direct the school lunch (and some breakfast) programs in as many as 100,000 U.S. schools. The reason this group comes in for such attention now is because it wants Congress to ease new federal nutrition standards and other regulations on schools participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). It’s the only major federal lobbying organization that might be able to focus
Continue Reading Letter From the Editor: School Lunch Dropouts

A suburban Chicago school superintendent has obtained permission from his board of directors to withdraw from the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). David Schuler, who runs Township High School District 214 in Arlington Heights, IL, told Boston public radio station WBUR that his district will be better off without the approximately $900,000 from federal taxpayers it’s been getting from participating in the NSLP. The reason is that, by cutting the strings with NSLP, the Illinois school district will also free itself from regulatory burdens recently imposed by Congress, and, some are quick to add, First Lady Michelle Obama. The First
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