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Thursday, 13 August 2009

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democracy got served, but not with healthy food

WASHINGTON, D.C., USA The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) is a Washington nonprofit that advocates nutrition-policy reform; PCRM is currently paying $20,000 to display several strategically placed copies of a poster with the caption "President Obama's daughters get healthy school lunches. Why don't I?" to attract the attention of Capital Hill commuters.

PCRM President Neal Barnard, a nutrition researcher, says he received a phone call regarding the posters within 24 hours of the signs' appearance from White House Associate Counsel Karen Dunn and Deputy Associate Counsel Ian Bassin requesting that the ads be taken down. The Physicians Committee has declined to remove the posters.

PCRM advocates vegan and vegetarian lunch options at public schools nationwide, which the majority of schools in the National School Lunch Program fail to offer despite the American Medical Association's unanimous resolution of 2007 which recommends the options be made available.

Apparently the posters are objectionable to the White House simply because they mention the president's children since neither their names nor pictures appear on the posters.

In an open letter to his daughters published in "Parade" magazine before his inauguration, President Obama stated that he wished for his daughters and every child in America, "to grow up in a world with no limits on your dreams and no achievements beyond your reach."

Except for a decent meal, of course.

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