Why Pizza And Fries Can Be Claimed As Vegetables Through School Lunch Programs

*For context, this episode was recorded in March 2020. Food is political, whether we like it or not. From the subsidies used to grow the crops that produce our massive amounts of ultra-processed foods, to school lunches, to the meals being served on our own dinner tables and even in the White House, the state of our food system is impacted by policy on an incredible scale. My guest on today’s episode of The Doctor’s Farmacy has played a very positive role in trying to impact those policies for the better to make America healthier as a whole. Sam Kass is the former Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition in the Obama administration. Currently, Sam is a Partner at Acre Venture Partners. Acre is a venture capital fund investing in the future of food with a mission to improve human and environmental health in the food system. The fund focuses on early-stage, highly disruptive impactful companies in the food system focused on agriculture, supply chain, and consumer. Sam is also the author of Eat a Little Better: Great Flavor, Good Health, Better World. After jumping into the food industry and being stunned by the compromise of health for flavor, Sam knew there had to be a better way. We kick off our talk with his personal experience in using food to create health instead of destroy it, and how that led him to connect with the Obama family. He shares what it was like to work with the Obamas in many wellness-focused ways—from workouts in the morning to policy meetings in the afternoon and preparing dinner in the evening. Sam and I get into the topic of how Big Food influences school food programs and the areas that still need some drastic improvements if we want to help the next generation achieve a better relationship with food. Sam shares his ideas for the middle ground that could overcome some of the biggest hurdles, like on outdated infrastructure and tight budgets, to bring fresher, higher quality food to our kids. We also discuss how other government policies are continuing to fail our food system and the many ways we can get involved to change that. This is a topic near and dear to my heart, I hope you’ll tune in. Check out Sam’s cookbook, “Eat a Little Better: Great Flavor, Good Health, Better World: A Cookbook” here. This episode is sponsored by Athletic Greens, Thrive Market, Theragun and Farmacy. I use Athletic Greens in the morning as part of my daily routine. It’s really one supplement that covers so many bases and you’d be hard-pressed to find something else this comprehensive in one place. Right now Athletic Greens is offering my audience their Vitamin D3/K2 Liquid Formula free with your first purchase. Just go to athleticgreens.com/hyman to get your free bottle of Vitamin D3 and K2 with your first purchase. Thrive Market has made it so easy for me to stay healthy, even with my intense travel schedule. Not only does Thrive offer 25 to 50% off all of my favorite brands, but they also give back. For every membership purchased, they give a membership to a family in need. Get up to $20 in shopping credit when you sign up and any time you spend more than $49 you’ll get free carbon-neutral shipping. All you have to do is head over to thrivemarket.com/Hyman. The Theragun is a percussive handheld therapy tool that I can use at home on myself or you can use it on a partner. There are a variety of devices to choose from and multiple head attachments to get different kinds of targeted muscle treatments. The Gen Four series, with an OLED screen, personalized Theragun app, and plenty of power for deep relaxation start at just $199. Just go to theragun.com/Hyman to get your Theragun today.
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