(Becket Adams) If we were the CEO of, say, Coca-Cola Co. or PepsiCo, we would be seriously annoyed with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Why? Because it looks like he has opened the anti-soda floodgates.
And here’s the latest: Los Angeles City Council member Mitchell Englander has proposed a ban on the sale of soda from city park and library vending machines.
Councilman Englander, who addressed a special committee on Tuesday, says he decided something needed to be done after he learned that the vending machines at the park where his daughter plays sell only soda.
“Here in the city of Los Angeles, one in four children is obese,” Englander told the City Council. “In many of our communities, it’s one in three. This stands in stark contrast to a generation ago, when less than one in ten of our children were obese.”
Because childhood obesity is, like, kind of a big deal, he thinks it’s important that they make soda unavailable for kids and teenagers in public places. He suggests that they replace the soda with water and fruit juices.