2 April 2003
The Food Police get into position
A bill being considered by the Connecticut legislature would outlaw, among other things, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in school cafeterias.
Section 1(b) is the crux of this particular biscuit:
No local or regional board of education shall allow the sale on school premises of the following items:
(1) Chewing gum, soda water, or water ice;
(3) Any juice product that contains less than ten per cent full-strength juice by volume;
(4) Any item containing hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oil; or
(5) Any other item that contains more than eight grams of fat per one ounce serving.
What does the Law of Unintended Consequences say? The head of the Connecticut Food Service Association has an idea:
"Students would be left with no food choices. I predict students will either run to a local fast-food restaurant or go without lunch. Then what would we have accomplished?"
Why, we've shown them that when the government does something laughably absurd, it will be justified by telling you it's for your own good. This, of course, will help to develop the proper level of respect for law.