In another classic example of governmental intrusion, attempts to regulate nutritional content in skulez is a demonstrable - and costly - failure:
Food waste is up and the number of students buying school lunches is down, witnesses told a congressional panel on Thursday.
What a surprise! Who'd ever have thought it? Students are required to place certain items on their cafeteria trays, but as the old saying goes about leading a horse to water - they can't be required to eat it.
In his opening statement, Rep. Todd Rokita (R-Ind.), the subcommittee chair, said the purpose of the hearing was to look at "burdensome regulations."
"Providing students healthier meals is a laudable goal we all share, but the stringent rules are creating serious headaches for schools and students," Rokita said.
"Because the law requires students to take fruits and vegetables for lunch, even if they have no intention of eating them, schools are struggling with increased waste.” He noted that one Florida school district estimated students threw out $75,000 worth of food, and at Dedham High School in Massachusetts, administrators report many students throw away the required fresh vegetables that cost the district about $111 a day to provide.
Maybe they can use that as a "learning experience", wherein the teach the kids all about the joys and social responsibility derived from composting. But over the next five years, nationwide, the cost of compliance with the federal regulations on food in skulez is expected to run to about $3.2 billion. Gosh, that'd pay for a few teachers, and maybe some textbooks.