Why Is Texas' Ag Commissioner Attacking Schools for Healthier Meals?

September 10, 2014 7:27 PM

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Growing up in the Deep South where I was raised on chicken fried steak and cheesy meat pies, I was often told that if it didn't have fat, it wasn't worth eating. Yes, we ate collard greens, but only when they were smothered in lard or drenched in butter. We had a different kind of meat every day; we loved ribs and burgers and wings and fried fish right out of the freezer. Don't get me wrong: we thought we were eating well. It's just the way everyone did things so we assumed that it was good and healthy and I didn't question tradition. At least not for a while...

So part of me can understand where my fellow southerner Texas Ag Commissioner Todd Staples is coming from when he questions Dripping Springs Independent School District (just outside Austin) for its embrace of the popular Meatless Monday movement. We southerners are traditional folks, and it's not a...

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