The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is proposing to eliminate the "white potato"- defined as any variety but the sweet potato - from federally subsidized school breakfasts and to limit them sharply at lunch.
Messing with a stalwart like the spud doesn't go well with the potato industry, school cafeteria directors and legislators from potato-growing regions. They're fighting to see that in schools, no potato is left behind, reported The Wall Street Journal.
The deadline to submit comments to the USDA was April 13 and the final rules are expected to be released in the coming months. They will be put into effect in the 2012-2013 school year.
The National Potato Council in Washington, DC, has been urging the potato industry to mobilize.
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