No matter if they're baked, whipped, mashed or fried, the USDA is proposing cutting all federal subsidies for "white potatoes" served in school breakfasts and sharply reducing subsidies for white potatoes in school lunch menus. Not surprisingly, the potato industry isn't really that hip on the idea. White potatoes are defined as any that aren't sweet potatoes.
While the feds want to cut low-nutrition, high-fat foods like french fries from school cafeterias, the potato industry is positioning potatoes as a "gateway vegetable" that gets kids used to the idea of eating veggies. Cafeteria workers are scratching their heads trying to figure out how to eliminate home fries and hash browns from school breakfast menus.
So where do you come down on this great school spud debate? Are white potatoes gateway veggies or just junk food? Let us know what you think in the comments below.