I get called "liberal" (??) because I've long ranted (on my blog and on political message boards) about getting healthier food and drinks in public schools. Opponents argue that it's not government's place to make sure our kids are eating healthy, it's the parents' responsibility. I've always said BULLSHIT to that... if that's the case, then why not just make education the parents' responsibility too?
If students bringing their own lunch, fine... but I'd rather schools didn't make junk food available to them. School is an institution of learning, so let kids learn good nutrition.
It's sad, but there are parents who simply can't (or won't) provide their kids with nutritious foods - so for some, school lunch is the only opportunity to get a balanced meal.
Today, the soft drink industry has taken a step toward helping fix the problem, although it was likely about as voluntary as a shotgun wedding.
Here's the story.
Finally, a move in the right direction. Too bad it's about 10 years too late to benefit my daughter.