Thursday, May 31, 2012

Psst...HEY, buddy...wanna buy a soda?

Prohibition doesn't work.

But rules designed to keep kids from washing down their lunches with something fizzy can be tricky. That lesson was driven home when the state Office of Education’s Child NutritionProgram hit the school with a $15,862 fine—75 cents per violation over the period of many months that it turns out students had been illicitly selling soda in the school store. 
To the extent that there is an obesity problem – and I think the “epidemic” is more than a little overblown – you don’t solve it by removing choices. You solve it by encouraging the kids to make better choices.
We could also stop encouraging everyone to make bad choices by subsidizing bad choices and instead empower people to make good choices with truth in labeling.

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