“We’re restricting choice,” said Calla Farn, a spokeswoman for the industry group, Refreshments Canada, after Coca-Cola Co. and PepsiCo Inc. announced that they will stock Toronto school cafeterias and vending
machines with water and fruit juice, rather than with high-calorie
Interesting way to say “we’re capitulating to demands by parents,
teachers and nutritionists” while getting a backhand “Dammit, I have a
right to make my money” shot in.
There are those who say that the vending machines are a form of
advertising and that advertising has no place in schools. I agree with
the principle — especially when the advertiser starts affecting school policy
— but I also have to be pragmatic. In an economic atmosphere where
people think they’re already overtaxed, how does a public school get
the money it needs?
(Full disclosure: I work in software, and they will take my Diet Coke from me when they pry it from my cold, dead hands.)