Originally published January 5 2004
The science says ban soft drinks in schools, but the FDA support profits, not health
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, NaturalNews Editor
Kudos to doctors for pushing to ban soft drinks and fruit drinks in
schools. It's just one way to combat rising childhood obesity, and it
will surely help these children maintain healthy body weights as adults
(it's much harder to lose weight as an adult if you were obese as a
child). This is a clear case of standing up for science over industry
profits, but don't be fooled: at the federal level, the FDA, which regulates foods and beverages in schools, has no such neutrality. In fact, it is currently
under tremendous pressure to protect industry profits. That's the only
reason why a soft drink ban hasn't happened sooner: the soft drink lobby
is very powerful in Washington, and many current FDA employees come
straight from the food and beverage industry.
Having soft drinks in
schools is bad for childrens' health, bad for their education, and
ultimately bad for the entire nation. We would all do well to support
this ban and tell soft drinks companies to peddle their
disease-promoting products somewhere else. Keep our kids safe.
assured, the FDA will only agree to this ban as a last resort, and under
great protest from beverage manufacturers and even some schools who rely
on junk food revenues to raise money.
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