The Food Police Give A “Little” On Bake

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Not much time tonight but I can’t pass up this one. It comes via Marginal Revolution from the the website Gothamist:

Months after it barred schools from holding most food fundraisers, the city says bake sales can go on—as long as no homemade treats with undisclosed calorie counts grace the fold-out tables. The new regulation, designed to combat ever-increasing childhood obesity, limits bake sales to “fresh fruits and vegetables, or one of 27 specific packaged items” that include low-fat Doritos, Nutri-Grain Cereal Bars (blackberry only) and Linden’s Cookies (butter crunch, chocolate chip or fudge chip cookies in two cookie packs) among other things. The city has also recently slapped health regulations on school vending machines and is considering a “Meatless Monday”school lunch program.

They could have called it “Meatless Friday” but then they would have been uncomfortably close to Catholicism’s mostly forgotten stricture against eating meat on Friday. As one who was raised a Catholic in the Midwest where fresh fish and seafood was non-existant I can assure you that nothing so stokes a craving for meat as a day on which it is proscribed.

Nevertheless, it is heartening to see governmental units that are barely able to balance their books, if that, focusing so intently on the bigger issues. Isn’t it?

P.S. If you have time read the comments on both sites. Some are quite clever.

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