WASHINGTON D.C. (WTAQ) - Wisconsin’s congressional delegation is urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture to buy cranberries for school lunches and other nutrition programs.
Democratic Senator Tammy Baldwin points to unfavorable market conditions after a record crop, forcing some producers to struggle financially.
The USDA is being pushed to consider a purchase of 50 million pounds of cranberries.
The fruit contains significant amounts of anti-oxidants which might help prevent heart disease, cancer, urinary tract infections and other ailments.
More than half of the world’s supply of cranberries are produced in Wisconsin.