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The Tots Can Stay: How Tater Tots Became America's Favorite Geometric Food

After months of lobbying, potato farmers convinced the government to allow tater tots to remain on school cafeteria menus.

Michelle Obama's crusade against childhood obesity achieved a milestone last week, when the FDA announced new regulations that will require school cafeterias to offer healthier food choices and dispense with canned fruits, 2-percent milk, and high-sugar juices. But children will continue to find one unhealthy food on their trays: After months of lobbying, potato farmers convinced the government to allow tater tots to remain on the menu, making the cylinders of potato goodness the stalwart of cafeteria junk food.

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