Revenge of The Killer Potatoes: Pelosi Fights Potato ‘Assaults’

Eric Scheiner
By Eric Scheiner | June 13, 2014 | 11:52 AM EDT

Washington’s potato saga continues.

While the House considers a bill to include the potato in the WIC (Women, Infants and Children) food nutrition program, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is echoing First Lady Michelle Obama’s claims that including the potato is an assault on science.

“Republicans are even going after the nutrition for pregnant women and children, the WIC program. Mandating the WIC program include more white potatoes. You know, were talking about fruits, vegetables, whole grains and the rest, and they have an amendment that says more white potatoes than nutritionists recommend,” Pelosi said during her Thursday press conference.

“These assaults on essential nutritional standards are really hard to explain to anybody but we do know they reject science, they ignore clear cut facts and evidence, betray the best interest of America’s families while protecting special interest.”

“We have to do what’s right for our children and our families,” Pelosi said.

Last month, Michelle Obama was defending our families from potatoes with a commentary in the New York Times saying that adding the potato to the WIC program would “override science.”

As previously noted, the Potato Council says that the First Lady's science is based on old data - not the latest government reports:

"Opponents of adding fresh potatoes to the WIC package are picking and choosing the science. Instead of relying on a 2005 report that looks at data from the mid-1990s, we argue that important federal nutrition programs should be based on the latest available science - in this case, USDA's own 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans."

"We appreciate the House and Senate members and staff who reviewed the science and the history of the WIC fruit and vegetable voucher program, and support a path forward that will allow WIC participants access to fresh potatoes."

This issue is expected to come up again in the House next Tuesday. You could call the looming debate, 'Return of the Spudeye'.

Eric Scheiner
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