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Food Companies Further Spirit Of Obama-Era Nutrition Programs

May 11, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
The Trump administration’s USDA has made it a top priority to eliminate Obama-era nutrition initiatives. The agency has stalled or rolled back nutrition standards for school lunches, and postponed rules that require restaurants to put calorie counts on menus. But the changes are not having much impact on food companies that have gotten into the spirit of Michelle Obama’s programs, though perhaps not for altruistic reasons. Companies have financial and political motivations for making changes: consumers are clamoring for more healthful foods, and in smaller portions. The upshot is that big food firms are working with the nonprofit Partnership for a Healthier America to further the Obama legacy, despite what the new crop of regulators says or does.  [Image Credit: © USDA ]
Caitlin Dewey , "The one piece of Michelle Obama’s legacy that President Trump can’t wreck", The Washington Post, May 11, 2017, © The Washington Post
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