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Bake Sale Controversy in NYC Schools

March 12, 2010

Last fall, Department of Education banned home-baked foods from school bake sales. The rationale behind the policy was that home bakers cannot provide fat, calorie, and other nutritional information about the goods they bring to bake sales. The goodies were were barred altogether in favor of packaged goods in the name of nutritional transparency.

Now attracting media attention is NYC Green Schools’ plan to protest the policy with a bake-in at City Hall next Thursday, March 18. The New York Times Diner’s Journal reported yesterday on the story. (The Diner’s Journal is also asking for bake-sale recipes, if you have any childhood favorites to share.)

Organizers argue that “children cannot receive the message that junk food is healthier for them than foods cooked at home” and are angry at the school system’s implicit endorsement of packaged-food corporations who now have an opportunity to target and profit from schoolchildren.

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