Pink Slime is Making a Comeback to US School Cafeterias, Early Education Should Be All About Play, The Paleo vs Mediterranean Diets


Our Monday green news bring you the latest on nutrition, good causes and child education: kids and play, early education

  • Pink slime is making a comeback to school cafeterias around US: After huge protests last year against the U.S. Department of Agriculture buying 7 million pounds of “pink slime” (processed beef trimmings treated with ammonia), most US states pledged to stop using it for preparation of school meals. This year, the new nutrition standards for school lunches are in effect and according to them school cafeterias must limit sodium, follow minimums and maximums of calories count and increase amounts of fruit, vegetables and whole grains in students’ lunches. However healthier lunches cost more money and since many public schools are experiencing budget cuts,  seven states are now purchasing pink slime again.
  • Early Education should be all about play: President Obama has recently proposed a considerable investment to expand access to high-quality child care and early education. This new initiative along with ending the sequestration should provide a strong start for many American children giving them a greater chance to later excel in higher education and become productive adults.
  • The Paleo versus Mediterranean diets: The “Paleo diet” has recently become very popular and promoted as as the “new road to health” by many health and fitness professionals. The diet is based on eating wholesome, contemporary foods from the food groups our hunter-gatherer ancestors thrived on during the Paleolithic era (approx. 2.6 million till about 10,000 years ago). These foods include fresh meats (ideally from grass-fed or free-range animals), fish, seafood, fresh fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, and healthful oils. However, critics of this diet warn that huge food shortages are on the horizon and frequent meat and fish consumption is no longer sustainable and point to the “Mediterranean diet” instead. This modern diet is inspired by the traditional dietary patterns of Greece, Southern Italy, and Spain. It’s highly nutritious and effective, focusing on organic and local produce and heavily vegetarian therefore puts minimal demand on the already stressed food systems.
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