New York City Mayor Bloomberg Seeks To Ban Food Stamps For Sweetened Beverages

New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg wants to reduce obesity and diabetes by banning the use of food stamps to buy "sugar-sweetened beverages" in New York City, according to The New York Times.

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Editor's Insight: This proposal is not only unfair in that it limits choices to (and stigmatizes) food stamp recipients. It also creates a logistical problem for retailers. The retailers will have to program their cash registers to flag certain products to deny food stamp purchases.

There have to be more effective ways for the city to battle obesity and diabetes. 05-03-11 by Elliot Maras