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Fresh or frozen? Florida farmers enter fray over school fruits and veggies



images_1.jpgFrom the Sun-Sentinel:

WASHINGTON -- With a special school-snack program caught in the middle, Florida growers have plunged into a food fight in Congress that pits promoters of fresh fruit and vegetables against producers of canned, dried and frozen foods.

The fresh-versus-frozen lobbying tussle centers on a tiny but popular federal program – known as the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program -- that provides free extra snacks to schools in low-income neighborhoods. But it raises a larger nutritional debate as well as a clash between economic interests.

Are fresh fruit and veggies grown in Florida's sunshine a better choice than something cheaper that's frozen, dried or preserved in a can?

Florida growers, who want to sell more and more goods to the school market, are urging Congress to keep the snack program fresh.

Read the full story here. Which do you think students would consume more of? Fresh or frozen?

[Last modified: Thursday, August 30, 2012 1:26pm]


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