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LA school district lunch program spawns thriving junk food black market

posted at 11:57 am on January 21, 2012 by

It appears we have all been selling the Obama administration short—or at least its de facto “food czar,” Michelle Obama. Her threats to wrest the salt shakers from the cold dead hands of dissenting Americans and force manufacturers of empty calorie foods to go on “an advertising diet” may sound intrusive. But now a picture is emerging that reveals that the First Lady is being intrusive like a fox.

The Los Angeles Times reports that an underground cadre of junk food bootleggers have been doing a bang-up business selling “forbidden fruits”—candy, chips, corn dogs, chicken nuggets, and more—to the 650,000 students enrolled in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Despite Mrs. Obama’s efforts to cram vegetarian curries and quinoa salads down the kiddies’ throats at lunchtime, students have rejected these alternatives to burgers and fries while—and this is key—developing a healthy streak of self-reliance by learning to “forage” for lunch. At the same time, the failed enterprise has put legions of black market junk food peddlers to work. It is the American dream twice over!

Two of those teenage self-starters, Iraides Renteria and Mayra Gutierrez, told the Times in a separate story that they don’t even bother lining up anymore for the “nasty, rotty stuff” served at Van Nuys High School at lunchtime. Instead the girls, both juniors, make a meal of several bags of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos and soda smuggled onto school grounds in their backpacks. “This is our daily lunch,” Iraides is quoted as saying. “We’re eating more junk food now than last year.”

In response to the mass rejection of the healthful alternatives the school district was ordered to feed its students, its food services director, Dennis Barrett, announced that some of the “more exotic dishes” (read: lentil and brown rice cutlets, and quinoa and black-eyed pea salads) will be phased out in favor of burgers.

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Hooray capitalism!

rbj on January 21, 2012 at 12:05 PM

psst… hey kid, i got snickers, baby ruth, BBQ chips, all wrapped discreetly. no one will know…..

chickie on January 21, 2012 at 12:09 PM

I used to sell Bubble-Yum by the single piece on the playground at recess, took them 3 years before I got busted. And this was in elementary school.

The first year I had a monopoly going, competitors then followed in subsequent years, and when the gum selling ring got too big someone talked.

It was fun, and enriching, while it lasted. I had more money on the weekends than my parent provided allowance yielded, and my allowance was my seed money to start the whole venture.

By 6th grade I had learned a lot about customer demand and market forces. In college I met many fellow students in Econ class who knew less.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on January 21, 2012 at 1:40 PM

Heh… Anyone else reminded of the 18th Amendment here?

Does anyone need to be reminded of what the 18th Amendment caused? [Hint: Do the names Alfonse Capone or Joseph Kennedy ring any bells?]

“Cogito, ergo TEA Party!” ~ DeepWheat

DeepWheat on January 21, 2012 at 2:36 PM

The liberals’ answer to this would be to crack down on the black market.

toby11 on January 21, 2012 at 2:47 PM

Heh… Anyone else reminded of the 18th Amendment here?

Bingo!

Howard Portnoy on January 21, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Heh… Anyone else reminded of the 18th Amendment here?

Does anyone need to be reminded of what the 18th Amendment caused? [Hint: Do the names Alfonse Capone or Joseph Kennedy ring any bells?]

Commie/socialist/progressive types never learn from history. they think they can bury it and “get it right this time”.

Either that, or they are the ones making a killing on the black market…where do the Obama’s come from? Hmmmm….

bigbeachbird on January 21, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Heh… Anyone else reminded of the 18th Amendment here?

Does anyone need to be reminded of what the 18th Amendment caused? [Hint: Do the names Alfonse Capone or Joseph Kennedy ring any bells?]

“Cogito, ergo TEA Party!” ~ DeepWheat

DeepWheat on January 21, 2012 at 2:36 PM

Two advantages of the 18th amendment: At least they paid lip service to the constitution in passing it before the Volstead act, and they knew how royally they had screwed up by the time they finally got around to repealing it. Now government can do no wrong, and all they have to do to claim constitutional authority for any prospective measure is argue by assertion.

gryphon202 on January 21, 2012 at 11:13 PM

For someone with such a behemoth backside it seems Moochelle would contain her own caloric intake before nagging at the rest of us. Maybe all these liberal blowhards should eat what they call food in school lunches, oh I’m sorry that food is only for the peasants not the rulers, how could I forget my proper place in society.

Smedley on January 22, 2012 at 3:10 PM


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