We argue that important federal nutrition programs should be based on the latest available science.
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Today, the National Potato Council praised the House for considering a bill to include the potato in its WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) food nutrition (“food stamp”) program. The Council also debunked First Lady Michelle Obama’s claims that including the potato would “override science” and that Americans are already eating enough of them.
The Potato Council notes that the First Lady’s science is based on old data – not the latest government reports:
“Opponents of adding fresh potatoes to the WIC package are picking and choosing the science. Instead of relying on a 2005 report that looks at data from the mid-1990s, we argue that important federal nutrition programs should be based on the latest available science – in this case, USDA’s own 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.”