According to PRI, World War II was the catalyst for the creation of processed foods designed by the U.S. Army to have a long shelf life. Those same foods have worked their way into the private sector and now make many of the foods children consume in their school lunches.
[...] For decades, the research the military has been doing to ensure tasty, affordable, durable and nonperishable meals for its troops has been making its way into the private sector and shaping many of the every day items on our supermarket shelves. Just take the lunch you made for your kid today. The bread, the cheese, the meat, the granola bar, the juice pouch — these are all items engineered in one way or another by the US military.
Here's how it works: the military has a problem, throws money at it, finds an innovative solution and works with the private sector to get it produced.
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