The fight to regulate personal food choices has infected Texas. That state, always rightly proud of its spirit of self-determination and independence, will now restrict sales of so-called “junk foods” at all public schools, usurping the role of parents in deciding what their children should and should not eat.
“Items deemed by the government to be ‘foods of minimal nutritional value’ will be forbidden in school cafeterias, hallways and common areas,” The Dallas Morning News reports. And if your school doesn’t like it, tough: “Noncompliant schools could lose their school lunch subsidies.” The Texas move follows a snack food ban in Kentucky schools, and is the latest instance of anti-consumer groups using schools as a first step toward banning foods outright. A soda tax proposal is being considered by California’s legislature. And remember: Anti-fat warriors have already declared the campaign against soda in schools the wedge issue meant to open the floodgates for all sorts of new restrictions on food — for children and adults.