Potatoes Do A Body Good, If You Hold the Grease, Which You Usually Don't, But Still

Abby Zimet

Spud war on the pudgy horizon, with the USDA proposing new rules for the upcoming school year that would eliminate or sharply limit potatoes from federally subsidized school meals. The National Potato Council is fighting back with a campaign touting the potato's health benefits, arguing it's cheap, "kid pleasing," has "familiar shapes (that) make lunchtime fun," and serves as a "gateway vegetable," though the connotations there don't sound so wholesome. Legislators in potato country have joined the fray - including Michelle Bachmann making the claim that it's unconstitutional to ban french fries - and Texas has even installed surveillance cameras to make sure kids don't take seconds. In defense of this maligned if admittedly-starchy-and-prone-to-excess vegetable, we present a North Korean ode to the potato, we think.


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