The Happy Meal Effect: Five More Food Bans

A veto-proof ban on Happy Meals passed the San Francisco Board of Supervisors last week, but it wasn't the first time this city or others around the country have tried to legislate what its citizens should be consuming. Which of these initiatives are silly, and which are a good use of local resources?

Soda Pop

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom banned soda on all city property in July, a valiant effort to combat the hopelessly insidious problem of carbonation. The issue is bigger and more serious in New York, where efforts to prohibit the purchase of soda with food stamps actually raises a larger question about whether low-income shoppers can decide for themselves what they choose to drink.

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