Jessica Shahin, an associate administrator in the Agriculture Department, wrote that the waiver the city sought was denied because of the logistical difficulty of sorting out which beverages could or could not be purchased with food stamps and because it would be hard to gauge how effective the step was in reducing obesity. As an alternative, Ms. Shahin suggested the federal government could work with the city on other efforts to encourage consumers to make “healthy choices.”
I don't have a problem with the people not getting their soda - it's food stamps - those who dole them out can put restrictions on their use. It's the arbitrariness of choosing soda that really needs to be argued. There's a good case for soda having special treatment just based on the pure volume of consumption - it points a big old fat finger at addiction.
If a ban went nationwide, the soda companies would waste no time in redefining their soda to not be called soda. But still those who pay for their soda will not want their soda called something else - gees remember the whole 'new coke' fiasco?
Here's the solution, with food stamps you can only buy government sanctioned soda - BamaSoda.
Link to article quoted above...
Edited, Jan 3rd 2013 3:02am by Elinda