Sugary sodas and fat foods are thinning out in vending machines on city property in San Francisco, the local daily reports, following up on a mayoral directive issued in the spring.
An executive order by Mayor Gavin Newsom bans such "calorically sweetened beverages" as regular Coke, Pepsi and other high-sugar sodas, along with non- diet sodas, sports drinks and artificially sweetened water. Juices must be 100% fruit or vegetable with no added sweeteners, and diet sodas can be no more than 25% of the items offered.
What's replacing them? "Ample choices" of water, "soy milk, rice milk and other similar dairy or non dairy milk," states the directive, which covers both sugar and fat content in vending snacks.
When he issued the order in April, Newsom, a Democrat who is running to be California's next lieutenant governor, said it was to fight obesity and improve the health of city residents. First lady Michelle Obama has been championing that program from the White House.
Land of the free, my ass. I don't drink pop anyway, but this is fucking crazy. Ahh, the joys of big government....