Sorry, “nanny-stating” is probably not a real word, but you know what I mean. A Utah highschool was fined $15k by the feds for selling carbonated drinks during the lunch hour. The rules are confusing – carbonated beverages are bad but sugary sports drinks are okay. And no vending machines can sell soda in the cafeteria at lunch, but the whole school is officially considered a cafeteria since kids eat in the halls. More importantly, why is the government regulating this at all?
From the Blaze:
Federal law requires the school to turn off its soda machines during the lunch period, which is 47 minutes a day. And Davis High school did turn off the machines in the lunch room. However, the school didn‘t realize that there was another machine in the school bookstore that wasn’t being turned off. And when the food police realized it, the school was hit with a $0.75 fine per student for the duration of the offense.
It’s baffling to me why we have federal inspectors searching for soda infringements in highschools. This whole food fundamentalism thing is getting a little unnerving – a new religion sans God. Eat the right things, buy the right (green) products and you will be fulfilled! More enlightened than your peers!
I know the excuse given for this is that fatties add to America’s healthcare costs, but that excuse only holds water under a socialist healthcare system and even then, it’s incorrect. The reality is most healthcare costs come later in life, so if the government really wants to cut healthcare costs, it should encourage heart attacks early and often.
Ooops, I shouldn’t give them any ideas.
This is getting very “mastery racy-y,” as if America’s youth will turn into a nation of supermen due to the efforts of the food Nazis. No, I don’t really believe that’s the agenda here – I think it’s a bad old-fashioned desire for control. People make fun of Mitt Romney’s Mormonism because of its food diktats (e.g. no caffeine, no alcohol) but the real difference between that and this government-sponsored food fundamentalism is that the aim here is government worship rather than worship of God.