Voters in Berkeley, CA approved a 1 cent-an-ounce tax on sodas and energy drinks, adding about 12 cents to the price of a can of soda and about 68 cents to a two liter bottle. A similar measure in San Francisco would have imposed a 2 cent-an-ounce tax, but it fell short of the two-thirds super-majority vote needed for passage. Advocates of the tax pointed to links between sugary drinks and diabetes, heart disease and tooth decay, reported CNN. Full Story
Fast food restaurants sell healthier and safer products in other countries than the US. It’s a common practice for food companies (everyone from Betty Crocker to Pringles to Quaker Oats) to reformulate their products with safer ingredients overseas, while they continue to sell us inferior products with unhealthy ingredients here in the States. If you walk into any McDonald’s in the U.K. you’ll find organic milk available for children in their Happy Meals, and no chocolate milk. Full Story …
Three-quarters of the items dispensed from government vending machines are snack foods, with 32% candy, 28% chips, and 16% cookies, according to analysis of 1,000 machines. Fifty-six percent of items sold in beverage vending machines were sodas, while 20% were sports drinks, energy drinks and fruit drinks, reported The Washington Post. Full Story 10/3/14
KY school district drops federal lunch program: Fort Thomas, KY. — Lunch at Fort Thomas Independent Schools may include more French fries, fewer vegetables and larger portions this year. One thing that won't be on the menu: federal dollars. The Campbell County, KY., district is opting out of the federal school lunch program, forfeiting hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal funding. The reason: Kids didn't like their healthful lunches. Full Story USA Today 8-10-14
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