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Category : World Affairs

The latest sobering reminder that America has officially become a bona fide nanny state occurred when on January 30, 2012, an innocent, four year old preschooler at a North Carolina elementary school was accosted for daring to eat a lunch prepared for her by her mother.  Her lunch was said to consist of a turkey and cheese sandwich, a banana, a small bag of potato chips and a small bottle of apple juice.  Although not the healthiest choice for a lunch, it was infinitely better than the highly processed, chemically ladened, nutritionally deficient fried chicken parts (also known as chicken nuggets) the school’s food police, who happened to be on duty randomly inspecting lunches that day, demanded she pay for and eat as a substitute.  The child ended up eating three chicken nuggets in place of the lunch her mother prepared.

Although some may argue that on the surface this incident is indicative of the school’s concern for the nutritional needs of its students.  However, further investigation reveals evidence which underscores, what is seen by many as just another example of the government’ s blatant hypocrisy in its claim to provide wholesome, nutritious meals for public school students.  The truth about what children are really being served in most public school systems today is absolutely alarming.

First of all, the U.S. Department of Agriculture purchases chicken and beef to be served in public schools that fast-food chains reject as poor quality or even unsafe.  What makes this news alarming is that just about everyone knows that most fast food establishments serve foods that are almost completely deficient and have been known to be the cause of episodes of food poisoning in some customers.  However, when a charge is made that the USDA buys meat for public school lunch programs that the fast food industry declares to be unsafe, the public must take notice that we have a serious crisis on our hands. For example, the government supplied schools with old rejected chickens which would have otherwise been used to make pet food or compost.  Fast food establishments like KFC and Campbell Soup will not buy hens which are too old to lay eggs.  But children routinely are fed such inferior quality food daily at many schools across the country.

Let us examine the examine the nutritive content of the three chicken nuggets the little girl was forced to eat:

  • Autolyzed yeast extract (which contain free glutamate, similar to MSG),
  • Sodium phosphates
  • Sodium aluminum phosphate
  • hydrogenated soybean oil with TBHQ
  • Dimethylpolysiloxane added as an antifoaming agent

TBHQ is derived from petroleum and is used as a stabilizer in many perfumes,  varnishes and oil field chemicals. Laboratory studies have linked it to stomach tumors.  In larger doses it is said to be contribute to DNA damage and tumors in the stomach.  According to Dr. Mercola, ingesting a single gram of TBHQ can cause a person to collapse, vomit, suffocate, or experience a sense of delirium, nausea, and ringing in your ears. Ingesting 5 grams can be fatal.

Dimethylpolysiloxane is a type of silicone used to make caulking material and industrial sealants that are used as fillers for breast implants, and as a key ingredient in Silly Putty!  Ingesting a single gram of TBHQ can cause you to collapse, vomit, suffocate, or experience a sense of delirium, nausea, and ringing in your ears. Ingesting 5 grams can be fatal.

Fast food and other types of processed food often contain artificial coloring, artificial sweeteners, genetically modified ingredients, high fructose corn syrup, MSG, and other food additives. These ingredients often lead to rapid weight gain, hypertension, Liver damage, and mercury poisoning.

Another danger to the health of school aged children as well as the general population is the phenomenon called “pink slime”.  What is it?  According to ABC news, “It is connective tissue, made by combining waste meat trimmings, simmering them at low heat so the fat separates easily from the muscle, and spinning the trimmings using a centrifuge to complete the separation. Next, the mixture is sent through pipes where it is sprayed with ammonia gas to kill bacteria. The process is completed by packaging the meat into bricks. Then, it is frozen and shipped to grocery stores and meat packers, where it is added to most ground beef.”

Returning to the incident involving the preschooler, her mother, who wished to remain anonymous, wrote in a complaint to her state representative, The girl’s mother said she received a note from the school stating that students who did not bring a “healthy lunch” would be offered the missing portions, which could result in a fee from the cafeteria, in her case $1.25.  Her response was, “I don’t feel that I should pay for a cafeteria lunch when I provide lunch for her from home.”   She later told a news reporter, “What got me so mad is, number one, don’t tell my kid I’m not packing her lunch box properly.”  She added, “I pack her lunchbox according to what she eats. It always consists of a fruit. It never consists of a vegetable. She eats vegetables at home because I have to watch her because she doesn’t really care for vegetables.”  In total disregard to the mother’s parental rights over her own child, the school demanded that the child’s lunch be discarded and she be served the highly processed chicken nuggets, which are usually comprised of very unhealthy ingredients like pink slime.  By the way, pink slime is a principal component in most of the chicken nuggets marketed in America and for those who may think it warrants little concern should watch the following video presentation:

Notwithstanding the obvious health risks to consumers, the USDA arrogantly defends its decision to include ‘pink slime’ in school lunches.  The Department of Agriculture has been left scrambling to defend its intentions to buy some 7 million pounds of the beef trimmings known as “pink slime” for use in school lunches. The agency has reiterated to media outlets, including The Daily, that all food products purchased for use in the National School Lunch Program “must meet the highest standards for food safety,” as quoted by USA Today. http://news.yahoo.com/usda-defends-decision-pink-slime-school-lunches-182400391.html

The wider question is whether the state education system ought to be in the business of inspecting the lunches preschoolers bring from home.  The consensus among adult parents is that they and not the government-regulated school system are the ones who must remain the sole authority in the nurturing and management of the lives and affairs of their minor offspring.  The fact that establishment schools have, in recent years, begun to infringe upon more of the rights of parents to decide whether or not  to vaccinate their children, allow them to view certain types of movies, provide them with birth control measures as well as what to feed their small children for lunch.

Certainly, it’s going way too far to have a daily inspection of each kid’s lunchbox. What’s even more egregious and insulting to the parent is for the school to tell a preschool child that her mother failed to pack her lunch properly.  Equally disturbing is the message sent to the child, suggesting that mommy is incompetent and that only the authorities know what is best for her.  These incidents represent subtle forms of indoctrination that target small children who can easily be influenced to think that the best source of guidance for them comes from government–not from parents.

On the other hand, we cannot afford to lose sight of the fact that there is a lot of really bad parenting in our communities.  Some may argue that some parents can’t afford to send their kids to schools with decent lunches or because of foolish pride or ignorance of the availability of free lunch programs, do not sign up.  Or maybe they’ve opted to allow their kids to consume the cheap, highly processed junk foods just to satisfy the cravings of their out-of-control cravings.

Whatever the case, it is obvious that, owing to the poor quality of food served in most public school systems, whatever most parents would prepare for their children’s lunches would actually be superior to what public schools are prepared to offer as an alternative.  The blatant hypocracy in all this is that if the Division of Child Development and Early Education at the Department of Health and Human Services which ensures that USDA health standards are enforced, wants to become the big nanny for preschoolers, let it first rectify the horrible condition of the food supply served in public schools.  At least that will be a first step toward allaying any fears parents of school children may harbor that public school concern for quality school lunches may just be a mask hiding a hidden agenda.

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