Oct. 30, 2002, just-food.com:
Imagine the future in cafeterias across the U.S. if parental
choice limits what a child can choose at lunch. A new smart card being
pioneered in Australia brings up the foods a child is banned from
buying and lists spending ceilings.
The system was developed by Australia’s dairy farmers and
the Federation of Canteens in Schools with the intent that it will
limit foods high in fat or sugar, or other foods that should be
limited for allergic or health reasons. Food choices are tracked,
and the children can be rewarded for making better choices.
The denial of choice to students is one tool to combat childhood
obesity – which is rising significantly – but other
groups feel the better option is to educate students to make personal
commitments to disciplined and healthy eating – card or no
Schools can rent the software for about U.S.$66 per month.