Texas Schools Taking Pictures of Kids' Lunches to Study Their Eating Habits
Say cheese, grilled-cheese sandwich. A school district in San Antonio has installed a system of cameras that takes a picture of what kids are eating and not eating for lunch.
Paid for by a $2 million research grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, researchers on this pilot project will use the before and after shots of children's trays to determine what kids like to eat and how to create healthier lunches from that information.
The system reportedly is hooked up to food-recognition software capable of identifying the items from their shape, volume, color, density and texture. Methinks it's going to get inundated with a lot of tater-tots shots.
Get the Food & Drink Newsletter
Our weekly guide to Orange County dining includes food news and reviews, as well as dining events and interviews with chefs and restaurant owners.