USDA Introduces new School Lunch Standards
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently introduced new standards for its national school lunch program. Virginia Lee, senior research analyst at Euromonitor International discusses how these standards were set in place to help reduce childhood obesity in the United States, as one in every three children in the country (aged 2-19) are either overweight or obese. Lee goes on to explain that the program will introduce more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and reduce sodium levels. Food manufacturers that market to children in the US will have to respond in kind, and producers of fresh fruits and vegetables will most likely benefit from the reform.
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