The 26-Ingredient Burger
Schools around the country are being closely scrutinized with the recent revelation that "pink slime" was destined to be used in hamburger patties served in public schools. NPR's food blog, The Salt, investigated a similarly controversial discovery: the 26-ingredient burger.
- "What I believe is that we're going back," says Ann Cooper, director of nutrition services for the Boulder Valley School District in Colorado. "If we want to be healthy and want our kids to be healthy, we've got to find our kitchens again." She has actually brought scratch cooking back to her schools. And a lot of cities are inviting chefs into cafeterias and classrooms through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Chefs Move to Schools program, which encourages students to learn more about food and cooking. More than 3,300 schools and 3,400 chefs have joined the program, according to the USDA's Hans Bilger. The Culinary Trust, one of the partners in the project, is offering grants to support the initiative.
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