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 card.
Schools can rent the software for about U.S.$66 per