President-elect Donald Trump is known for his fondness for fast food, a distinct departure from the emphasis on healthy eating set by the Obama administration. Now, food advocates are left to speculate how a Trump presidency will affect the country's food policies moving forward.
With First Lady Michelle Obama leading the charge, the current administration has made significant strides towards providing healthier and better-labeled food for all Americans, particularly children. Food safety laws were fortified and stricter label regulations were implemented by Congress under the Obama leadership, in addition to providing healthier school meals and cutting back on allowances for trans fats and sodium in packaged and processed foods.
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According to Sam Kass, a former personal chef for the Obamas and senior adviser on nutrition, "Food advocates are already nostalgic for the Obama era and will be playing defense for the next few years." Some of these advocates include parents and school administrators who are uncertain of the Trump administration's plans for the revamped school lunch program.