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Prohibition Leads to Junk Food Black Market

Interesting article about the rise of a junk food Black Market.

The recently passed Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (PDF) offers some positive steps to improve how our children eat in schools. But in trying to make schools nutritional oases, public health officials have unwittingly unleashed the black market genie ready and able to fill the void left by departing sodas and snacks. Now, budding student entrepreneurs are rushing in to meet the demand for snacks and beverages that are no longer available legitimately.


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i did

We had to go healthy when I was a senior in HS. Although it wasn't contraband pop and candy bars that weren't healthy weren't sold in the school. Let me tell you a case of pop selling for a dollar a can brings in a good profit. lol

Trevor Lyman's picture

When I was a kid I would (on

When I was a kid I would (on occasion) bring extra packs of gum to school and sell it by the piece. It's funny to look back and realize I was an agorist in my youth. ;)

My kid like 30 years ago used

My kid like 30 years ago used to sell blow-pops. They caught her, though, and almost suspended her. There has always been a ban on entrepreneurship in schools..

reedr3v's picture

You showed early talent

: )

We never learn, do we?

Perhaps my head won't bleed if I bang it against the wall THIS time.

If men are good, you don't need government; if men are evil or ambivalent, you don't dare have one.

Hello Lorax

I've been reading this to my son almost daily. I missed it when I was a kid, but the story is so relevant now.

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Unless Ron Paul!

Unless Ron Paul!

If men are good, you don't need government; if men are evil or ambivalent, you don't dare have one.

Michael Nystrom's picture

The saddest quote of all

An eighth-grade student body vice president in Connecticut was forced to resign after buying Skittles from an underground "dealer."

Skittles, my friends. Skittles.

The world has completely flipped.

To be mean is never excusable, but there is some merit in knowing that one is; the most irreparable of vices is to do evil out of stupidity. - C.B.

isn't that crazy!

isn't that crazy!

pssst, hey kid. Wanna taste a rainbow??

It'll make you feel good good good.

Ha! That was funny Mike.


this is quite interesting,

this is quite interesting, that they would have to revert to black market. the sad thing is that school lunches have the same nutritional value as the pop and chips, except in the case of the latter, you know its crap. once again, the government doesn't like competition

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