In mid-March, USDA allowed school districts to decide whether to purchase meat blended with LFTB for their school lunch programs. Since LFTB is roughly 95% lean, it is often blended with cheaper hamburger to increase the cheap meat’s protein level. Schools now can choose to pay more money for hamburger that does not have the LFTB, but higher fat content, or use less taxpayer money for hamburger that is blended with LFTB and has less fat and more protein. With the alarming rates of obesity in our country and decreasing school budgets, I hope school districts choose the latter.
Grocers and beef processors can appropriately label their hamburger meat and allow families to make their own decisions. But if we allow the food elitists to define the narrative, it may be the consumers who are left with fewer options and higher prices.
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