“Caves” as a verb, not a noun. Though big soda caves (n) would be awesome.
As a way of preempting laws banning sodas in schools, big soda makers have agreed to stop selling non-diet sodas in schools across the country within a few years:
Nearly 35 million students nationwide will be affected by the deal, The Alliance for a Healthier Generation said in a news release. The agreement affects all public schools who have contracts with the distributors.
The deal affects more than just school cafeterias and vending machines. Schools that use distributors to purchase soda for sales at sporting events and fundraisers will be subject to the new restrictions, too, Carson said.
Whole milk is also on the chopping block.
Anti-obesity activists are ecstatic, of course, but it’s not clear that the withdrawal will do any good. Rogier van Bakel sums up two reasons: limiting soda consumption in schools has at best a tiny impact on obesity rates and kids will find ways of consuming what they want anyway.
While coverage of the agreement lauds it as a good thing for children’s health, it doesn’t mention anything about what it may do to school budgets. Exclusive pouring contracts are a lucrative source of funds for extracurricular activities. With soda companies cutting the best-selling options from their product lines, will they still be willing to put cash back into the schools they deal with? I’ll give a free Coke to the first person who finds an athletic activity that gets cut when the pouring contract runs out.
I don’t care whether schools sell sodas or not, but I do believe that individual districts ought to be able to weigh the trade-offs for themselves. Now, thanks to agressive regulation in some places, schools everywhere are going to be deprived of the option.