The US Department of Agriculture announced the scaling back of school lingo standards that were being implemented under the Obama administration, including one that requires only whole grain to be served. (Laura Seitz / Deseret News / AP) The Trump administration says it intends to permanently relax the dietary rules for school lunches, allowing children to eat food with more salt and fewer wholegrain. The US Department of Agriculture said it is taking the step to make it easier to plan meals for schools and to encourage more children to eat healthy food. The number of students who ate meals at school peaked in 2010 and has dropped significantly since: in 2010, 5.2 million students ate school lunch, but in 2017 this was 4.8 million. "If children do not eat what is served, they do not benefit and food is wasted," Agriculture Minister Sonny Perdue said in a statement this week. "We all have the same goals – the health and development of our young people." USDA trusts that our local operators serve healthy meals that meet local preferences and build a good future with good nutrition. "But there was a lot of criticism from health organizations , including the American Heart Association, which issued a statement calling on schools to uphold the Obama administration's standards to keep children healthy and say, "When it comes to the health of our children, there would not be a & # 39; flexibility & # 39; The Obama administration set rules that wanted to make school lunches healthier with only wholegrain pasta & bread, and with low-fat white milk and less salt. It responded to an epidemic of obesity in the United States and evidence that excessive salt intake is associated with high blood pressure and other health problems, and that whole grains are healthier than refined grains. In 2017, the board of Trump announced that it will temporarily relax these rules, and the Agriculture Department is on track to make those changes permanent. It said that Wednesday would publish a final line on school nutrition in the federal register – the official journal of government agency rules and proposed rules. The last rule requires that only half of the grains in school meals are wholemeal, and it will make 1% flavored milk possible. The Trump administration also modifies a three-step plan for sodium reduction set up by the Obama administration. Most schools have already met a first requirement for sodium reduction. But it slows down with a second reduction for a number of years and eliminates a third reduction target that will take effect in the school year 2022-2023. The non-profit Center for Science in the general interest says that as a result, school lunches do not have to be mandatory in accordance with the legally required dietary guidelines for Americans. The School Nutrition Association, which represents school nutrition experts working in schools, praised the government's decision, with its president, Gay Anderson, in a statement: "School nutrition experts have made tremendous progress in improving student feed, but the pace and rate of change of people below updated dietary standards were more than some students would accept.We value Secretary Perdue for finding solutions to address the concerns of schools and students.This rule will encourage more students to eat healthy school meals that meet the caloric limits and fruit, vegetables and milk, but health and nutrition experts have criticized the American Heart Association in its statement of opposition: we hope that all schools will reject this regulation and continue their promise to put healthier food on the plates of to serve our children that they would do exactly that if these changes were announced for the first time at the end of last year. With almost 100 percent of national schools that already meet the school meal standards released in 2012, children across the country clearly benefit from the benefits. The USDA's decision to weaken the standards – despite overwhelming opposition – threatens our progress to ensure that our nation's children get healthy meals at school, giving them a better healthy and academic success in the long run. If the care was really to provide the few schools that experienced problems with more flexibility, the more responsible approach would have been that USDA would provide more technical assistance to these institutions so that they could make healthier food choices. to offer. When it comes to the health of our children, there would be no flexibility & # 39; may be. Non-compliance with science-based sodium standards for school meals originally approved by USDA will endanger the health of children. We are convinced that all schools can meet the original dietary standards. It is in the interest of our children that schools continue to move in that direction, despite the latter USDA rule. "Rep. Robert C." Bobby "Scott (Va.), Who is the ranking Democrat of the House Education Committee and is scheduled to be its president in January, said in a statement in which the changes are slammed:" The final line of the US Department of Agriculture on food standards for schools are against the accepted science of good school nutrition. By reversing previous norms designed to reduce students' sodium intake and promote the consumption of healthier whole grains, USDA threatens the progress we have made in improving school nutrition. "Fortunately, school districts do not have to join the USDA to run away from evidence-based dietary standards, and I hope that school districts across the country – many of which have already successfully met the previous standards – will maintain their commitment to offer nutritious meals that support their health and development in the long term. "According to the Agriculture Department, the rule will permanently create three" menu planning flexibility "that was temporarily laid down in 2017: This is the proposed rule: on Scribd Example HTML block