Turkish-born Muslim, New York Chobani Greek Yogurt manufacturer, Hamdi Ulukaya, just landed a massive U.S. Department of Agriculture contract for school lunches after years of lobbying Barack Hussein Obama. The special and unprecedented speedy approval process was undoubtedly the result of Ulukaya’s savvy political sense, Obama’s best friend relationship with Recep Erdogan, president of Turkey, not to mention their shared Muslim faith.
EAG News Chobani owner Hamdi Ulukaya was named by Obama as a “Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship,” which included a “closed-press” meeting with the president at the White House, according to the Daily Sabah.
Hamdi Uklukaya is third from bottom on the right
The upstate-New York Greek yogurt maker will be distributing its products to schools nationwide next year as a USDA-approved meat substitute for school lunches, capping off a pilot program in a dozen states made possible by extensive lobbying efforts.
Chobani Greek Yogurt first gained approval by the USDA for school lunches in 2013 as part of a pilot program after U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer and other New York lawmakers pressured USDA officials to include it in a pilot program for four states. The USDA’s typically years-long approval process for new products was miraculously slashed to only about 8 months for Chobani.
The decision on Chobani Greek yogurt came exceedingly quickly although the agriculture department typically takes many years to assess a new product. “The tofu industry waited a decade before an ok,” reports NY Daily News.
Chobani’s fast-track to school cafeterias across the U.S. – with a contract awarded faster than other companies have even gained approval for their products – raises the same question Green Mosters! blogger Kristina Pepelko first raised in 2013: is the National School Lunch Program and the tightened restrictions on school food truly designed to produce healthier students, or are special interest lobbyists driving menu recommendations from Washington, D.C.?
Chobani officials have not disclosed the the potential value of the new government contract, Syracuse.com reports.
But is ‘Chobani’ Greek Yogurt as “healthy” as it’s cracked up to be?
JMR What most people think of as “Greek” yogurt is actually just strained yogurt. The process of straining yogurt eliminates the excess water, liquid whey and lactose (sugar). This makes the yogurt creamier, less watery, contain more protein and very little sugar.
With that said, here are some reasons why you should get actual plain and whole fat Greek strained yogurt and not the imposters like Chobani.
It’s Actually Greek (Strained)
Greek Strained yogurt goes through a triple straining process that by definition will not have much sugar in it, pack a protein punch, contain billions of cultured bacteria, and authentic Greek yogurt is actually plain; it is not conveniently added with “Blueberry flavoring” which is just high fructose corn syrup. “Greek Style” yogurts are mostly not strained more than once and contain thickening agents like locust bean gum to give them the appearance of real Greek yogurt. Sounds delicious doesn’t it?
Beneficial Fat Content
Whole plain Greek strained yogurt contains beneficial saturated fat in the form of butyric acid from the milk and cream, which improves the good gut bacteria in your large intestine for digestive health. This is very important for vitamin and mineral absorption, energy, and to prevent hypoglycemia two hours later. Zero percent fat yogurt cannot help with any of those things…..
Go for the real greek strained yogurt brands that sell whole fat versions like Fage, and Oikos. Zero percent fat yogurt means zero percent benefit for you. Don’t even think of getting any yogurts with fruit flavoring; just buy some real fruit and throw it in there.
Now let’s get back to Chobani, the fraud Greek yogurt maker that has been lobbying heavily in the District of Columbia to get the federal government to put Chobani bad/fake/unhealthy yogurt into America’s schools and at taxpayer expense of course.
The Obama Cartel will use your Tax $$ to make a rich MUSLIM immigrant – richer! They’ll be buying Chobani ‘Greek’ [actually Turkish] yogurt to feed school kids – in four pilot states, AZ, ID, NY, TN, – picked to see how long the yogurt lasts before going bad.
OK, maybe yogurt is good for kids, – healthy, low fat, high protein and all… But where in our Constitution is the Federal Government directed [or allowed] to use taxpayer money to feed certain selected kids?
Wouldn’t that be the job of the states [as last resort],…or their parents?
Chobani is a booming success story. Turkish Muslim immigrant Hamdi Ulukaya started the company in a old Kraft plant in 2005 – with funding from his ex-wife. By 2012 he was a Billionaire. [Today she’s suing him for her 53%.]
Ulukaya knows his way around politicians. He cuddled up to NY State Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer, and just two weeks ago was meeting with Obama – ‘to advise him on immigration policy’.
POOF! Two weeks later the announcement from SecAG Tom Vilsack; – Billionaire Ulukaya [did he contribute his fair share?] – will add Dept of Agriculture $$ to his revenue stream.
Tom, was there ever even a competitive bid set out…?
Think of the marketing coup! Ulukaya gets to have kids in four (4) states [for now] eat his product every day at school…. “Mommy, Mommy, buy that one, – that’s the one we get in school!”
As for the American taxpayers, they just got screwed again and will be subsidizing a Turkish Muslim’s yogurt empire. So what else is new?