Agriculture Department: No More White Potatoes, No More French Fries
Agriculture Department: No More White Potatoes, No More French FriesIt’s a heavyweight fight between the Agriculture Department and Congress over a major dietary issue: white potatoes.
The Agriculture Department, advised by the Institute of Medicine, wants to prevent participants in the federal Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program from buying white potatoes. They say they are concerned that the women will turn the potatoes into dangerous French fries, frying or baking them in fats and oils and jeopardizing the health of children across America. In 2009, the Department allowed the women to buy fruits and vegetables with their vouchers but no white potatoes.
Members of Congress representing the roughly 40 potato-growing states are fighting back. In 2011, when the USDA was trying to limit the consumption of French fries, Congress voted against an Agriculture Department proposal that potatoes and other starchy vegetables be served in federally subsidized school lunches only twice a week.