Chinese-Processed Chicken in School Food: VICTORY!

by Bettina Elias Siegel on December 17, 2014

In January of this year, I and fellow food advocate Nancy Hueherngarth launched a petition seeking to prevent the inclusion of Chinese-processed poultry products in school meals due to our serious concerns about China’s food safety record.  To date, almost 330,000 concerned people have joined us in this effort by signing the petition. We […]


Our Open Letter to Congress re: Chinese-Processed Chicken

by Bettina Elias Siegel on November 19, 2014

For those of you following this issue, I wanted to let you know that Nancy Huehnergarth and I now have an open letter to Congress in The Hill, a widely read publication on Capitol Hill.  The text of that letter may be found here, and it asks Congress to include language in any 2015 appropriations […]


In August, 2013, the USDA made the controversial announcement that it will allow four Chinese facilities to process poultry raised in the U.S., Canada or Chile and then export that cooked chicken back to the United States.  This development was deeply troubling to many advocates due to China’s terrible food safety record and the fact that (by the admission of one of its own officials) China’s food […]


Girl Scouts Under Fire for Lending Name to Sugary Drinks

by Bettina Elias Siegel on September 26, 2014

In recent years, the Girl Scouts of the United States of America (GSUSA) has come under fire for a variety of issues related to the organization’s annual cookie sales.  Among other things, parents, bloggers and food advocates have questioned the cookies’ inclusion of trans fats and eco-unfriendly palm oil, as well as the organization’s lame attempt last year to pass […]


Politico Spotlights the Power of Consumer Food Petitions

by Bettina Elias Siegel on July 19, 2014

Just FYI, this weekend’s lead story on Politico, “Food Fight: Consumers Revolt Online,” discusses the ever-growing impact of online petitions in changing our food supply. The story features my successful petition in 2012 regarding the use of lean, finely textured beef (aka “pink slime”) in school food, and goes on to discuss subsequent petition campaigns on […]


Some Promising Developments re: Chinese-Processed Chicken

by Bettina Elias Siegel on June 19, 2014

As many of you know, in January of this year I, along with Nancy Huehnergarth and Barbara Kowalcyk, launched a petition seeking to keep Chinese-processed chicken out of school meals and to prevent China from eventually shipping to the United States its own raw, slaughtered poultry. I became involved in this campaign last August, after stumbling upon a serious misrepresentation […]


Do House Republicans Now Regret Picking a School Food Fight?

by Bettina Elias Siegel on June 19, 2014

Maybe so. In a piece published on SF Gate earlier this week, Carolyn Lochhead reports that repeated delays in the House on the school food waiver vote indicate to Democrats that: Republicans have concluded they’re on the losing side of the school lunch fight, which has touched off a firestorm in Washington and schools across the country. […]


Simple Steps to Help #SaveSchoolLunch!

by Bettina Elias Siegel on May 19, 2014

As I wrote here last week, and as I’ve been telling you for the last few months, many of the important school food reforms of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act are currently at risk of being rolled back.  We fought hard for the passage of those improved school meal standards and changing course just two […]


This past January, I and two other food advocates, Barbara Kowalcyk and Nancy Huehnergarth, launched a petition seeking to keep Chinese-processed chicken out of school lunch programs and to prevent the eventual importation of Chinese-raised and slaughtered chicken into this country, due to our concerns over China’s very poor food safety record. Astoundingly, that petition has already […]


Happy Friday, TLT’ers!  I’m closing out the week with a quick round-up of links of interest: Gail Collins on School Food, Paul Ryan on “Empty Souls” Gail Collins had a great column yesterday in the New York Times on the never-ending politicization of school food, prompted in part by Paul Ryan’s recent (and, dare I say, […]