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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Why Listen To The Experts? I Know What's Best For You!

It has recently come to light, that a Chicago area school banned the practice of bringing homemade lunches to school. I believe it's so that the students can be as miserable as the faculty.
Principal Elsa Carmona said her reasons for the ban were to ensure students ate healthy meals. I agree with you Ms Carmona, as nothing is healthier than Pizza Friday or Taco-Like Substance Wednesday.
I mean its clear both of those meals are more nutritious than say a gluten free meal a parent may make.
Sure some kids may bring junk food, but its all most will eat when they are adults anyway, so why delay the inevitable?
Of course, there are detractors to the idea. Some claim it is Anti-American to force kids to eat the school food or go hungry. Critics noticed many kids wouldn't eat or only eat marginal amounts and threw most away.
The school district also receives Federal funding based on how many kids eat free or reduced lunches. So it actually pays the school to disallow any outside food sources.
One of the advocacy groups speaking out against this violation to consumer freedom is the Center for Consumer Freedom. The CCF is a non-profit organization that represents the interests of alcohol, tobacco and food industries. According to sourcewatch.com, Philip Morris is their main sponsor.
The group was originally founded in 1995 as the Guest Choice Network, in 2002 they changed their name. The original intent was to rally restaurants, stadiums, and other public places to fight for smokers rights.
J Justin Wilson, a senior researcher for the CCF, claims that this just the schools way of forcing a Socialists agenda.
But really, what's more American than forcing people to do things contrary to regional belief systems...just ask the natives.
I say, they should eat and like it, after all, it teaches kids one valuable lesson. If you can eat school food and survive, you can survive on anything.

4 comments:

  1. I think my brain just imploded.

    When I was going to school, I had a friend with whom I would trade half of my sandwich. My mother always made peanut butter and jelly for me . . . with grape jam. My mother's friend used strawberry jam. She thought my sandwiches were sublime while I couldn't understand why my mother insisted on grape jam when there was such a thing as strawberry jam.

    I still carry those emotional scars to this day.

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  2. Amazing how things have changed isn't it?

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  3. It's kinda crazy to me how a school can even do that when there are so many kids out there with serious allergies or religious beliefs, as you stated. But, as we all know, it's money driven. On a lighter note, very funny!

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