Author: Sabrina Kim

School Lunches Have It All Wrong

Last week, I briefly investigated the controversy behind the sugar industry. This week, I thought I would continue the food policy pattern by talking a bit about the nutrition standards for school meals. The National School Lunch Act was created in 1946 specifically to provide “nutritionally balanced, low-cost, or free lunches”. For schools to participate, they are required to serve food that meet federal nutrition requirements as well as free or reduced-price lunches to eligible children. In return, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) provides subsidies, cash, and food to public or non-profit schools. Here’s the Problem If my skepticism wasn’t apparent enough...

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The Politics of Sugar

Unless you’re Coca-Cola, sugar is probably your worst enemy. The sneaky compound is responsible for all sorts of ailments, including obesity, diabetes, and heart disease—yet the average American consumes over 126 grams of it each day. But if it’s so damaging, why hasn’t the government stepped in? Well, it tried. In the 1960’s, the U.S. government created the National Caries Program (NCP) in an attempt to eradicate tooth decay within the decade. As anyone who frequents the dentist’s office can attest, the simplest way to reduce tooth decay is to reduce the consumption of sugar. However, this never made the recommendation...

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Free Otto: The American Prisoner in North Korea

North Korea is a firecracker. It has dominated the news cycle lately, raising questions about how President Trump will deal with the most unstable and unpredictable nation. The Washington Post has even taken it upon themselves to offer new policy recommendations for the 45th POTUS. The world is constantly on edge watching Kim Jong Un plow through missiles and starve his own population. But in the midst of all the chaos, people are forgetting that there is an American student involved. Otto Warmbier, a 21-year old student from the University of Virginia, has been detained in a North Korean prison camp for approximately a year. On January 2,...

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The Hidden Consequences of the Immigration Ban

Donald Trump is no stranger to controversy. From sexual misconduct allegations to claims of unethical business ties, the media has left no stone unturned. However, the executive order banning immigration from seven countries has ruffled feathers in an unprecedented way. I appreciate Trump’s adherence to his campaign promises; his turnaround time is remarkable. But this EO has already done more harm than good to the reputation of his administration, and the aggressive resistance he faces from the general public is not worth the marginal approval gain from his supporters. And here’s why. Put simply, it was sloppy. For every clarification Sean Spicer had to...

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Tomi Lahren Will Never Be Megyn Kelly

Tom Lahren is known best for her fiery “Final Thoughts” segment on The Blaze. She recently appeared on Trevor Noah’s The Daily Show in a move that was controversial for host and guest alike. The Atlantic heralded Noah for his professional composure as he navigated controversial topics like Black Lives Matter and Colin Kaepernick. Vanity Fair, on the other hand, criticized him for “validating her [dangerous] views.” Ms. Lahren has since been labeled as a bigot, racist, and a white supremacist, but she has also been celebrated as a “conservative force to be reckoned with.” And that is exactly the problem. When Megyn Kelly announced...

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