facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

School-grown veggies banned from schools

Oct. 20, 2010 at 2:28 PM   |   Comments

CHICAGO, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Chicago Public Schools officials said vegetables being harvested from school gardens are bound for sale rather than school cafeterias.

Administrators said the fruits, vegetables and herbs grown by students, teachers and volunteers at the 40 school gardens can't be served in cafeterias because they do not meet the rules set by the school district and its meal provider, Chartwells-Thompson, the Chicago Tribune reported Wednesday.

"In order to use food in the school food program, it would need to meet specific/certified growing practices," school district spokeswoman Monique Bond said.

Chartwells-Thompson said the regulations include the elimination of "pesticides and insecticide" and the use of only "commercially prepared organic compost and fertilizers."

Officials said the produce will be sold or given away.

However, Kathleen Merrigan, U.S. deputy secretary of agriculture, who recently visited a Chicago School Garden, said she would like to see the resulting foods find their way into cafeterias.

"Ideally, all of those products would make it from the garden to the lunchroom," Merrigan said.

© 2010 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Most Popular
1
Gamers 'prank' each other by calling in real life SWAT team, webcam captures fallout
2
Welsh man sets house on fire while trying to kill spider
3
Georgia fourth grader suspended after bringing Nerf gun to school
4
Dreamworks Dad is back with video game-inspired 'Action Movie Kid - Volume 2'
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback