“Ketchup is a vegetable” is sounding pretty good right about now:
Sarah Seltzer has a good overview of what is in school lunches–pink slime turned into meat. Technically, it is meat product injected with ammonia that is processed into something theoretically edible. And the meat industry has lobbied heavily for it to be the product children eat in their school lunches. The USDA has approved this. There are major questions about the product’s safety, not to mention its desirability. But since the USDA subsidizes industrial agriculture and buys millions of pounds of “lean beef trimmings” from cattle growers every year, it has incentive to approve it. What one can legitimately question is whether the same government department that controls agricultural policy should also decide what kids eat.