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LAUSD's locavore plan healthy for kids and business




Allen, 9, tried out new dishes for next year's menu at the Newman Nutrition Center, the main food distribution point for LAUSD school meals, on Tuesday morning.
Allen, 9, tried out new dishes for next year's menu at the Newman Nutrition Center, the main food distribution point for LAUSD school meals, on Tuesday morning.
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For the last year or so,LA Unified School District has been buying at least five percent of its produce from small farms, many of them located within 200 miles of Los Angeles.

The locavorism means more fruits and veggies on school lunch menus. And that, in turn, means not only healthier students, but also a boom in business for local food product companies. L.A. Times reporter Teresa Watanabe, who wrote about this recently in the LA Times, joins the show to explain.