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US Congress rules that pizza is a vegetable

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PIZZA CAN BE classed as a vegetable – at least according to a decision made by the US  Congress. Who knew?

American lawmakers have ruled that the amount of tomato paste in pizza sauce means that pizzas can be counted as a vegetable.

The bizarre move, which was decided in a vote on the annual spending bill for the Department of Agriculture, happened for purely political reasons.

The crucial bill had oversight over subsidised school meals, and the department was seeking to restrict pizza, chips and starchy vegetables from the menu for school children in a bid to combat child obesity.

MSNBC reports that politicians had been lobbied heavily by the frozen food industry who didn’t want to see a major revenue stream cut off  given how often pizza is found on the menus of school canteens in the US.

School meals subsidised by the government are mandated to include a certain amount of vegetables and the Department of Agriculture’s plan would have pushed pizza-makers at least partly out of the school lunch business.

The salt industry, potato growers, and some conservative politicians who said that the federal government shouldn’t be involved in telling children what to eat, also lobbied against the change.

After some debate, Congress voted that anything containing two tablespoons of  tomato sauce can be labelled a vegetable, putting pizza into the vegetable category.

The Obama administration is fighting to make school lunches healthier in the face of a growing obesity problem across the country.

Source: http://www.thejournal.ie/us-congress-rules-that-pizza-is-a-vegetable-282033-Nov2011/



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I guess id better start eating my vegetables and get healthy

Great, with that kind of spin we can probably call hamburgers vegetables too! Problems with overly fatty people will definitely go away now that everyone is eating healty food! 'Tis a great day for humanity.

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*Goes to eat some healthy vegetables*

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1 of my 5 a day then, I'll aim to be healthier.

 

It's like America is actively trying to get fatter.

I'm kind of craving for vegetables right now.




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forest-spirit said:
Great, with that kind of spin we can probably call hamburgers vegetables too! Problems with overly fatty people will definitely go away now that everyone is eating healty food! 'Tis a great day for humanity.

Burger King is waaaay ahead of you:





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NiKKoM said:
forest-spirit said:
Great, with that kind of spin we can probably call hamburgers vegetables too! Problems with overly fatty people will definitely go away now that everyone is eating healty food! 'Tis a great day for humanity.

Burger King is waaaay ahead of you:



So basically the only thing it has in common with a Pizza is that it's shaped like a pizza, you can't even say both are unhealthy anymore.