March 19, 2013 at 4:30 PM
Seattle City Council considers healthy vending-machine options
Now more than ever, Americans are aiming toward a healthier lifestyle and are even willing to put carrot sticks and tuna alongside chips in Seattle vending machines to contribute toward the effort [“Seattle seeks healthful vending-machine choices for city workers,” NWThursday, Feb. 14].
The thought is appreciated, but wildly unrealistic since the food that people so widely enjoy and expect will be sitting next to the “healthy” choices — which isn’t saying much: Cheez-Its, and baked potato chips — acting as the devil on your shoulder. And if not the vending machine, they can easily be bought elsewhere.
In addition, these vending-machine foods will spoil after an untouched two-week shelf life and will eventually be thrown out. Government organizations will be criticized for wasting perfectly healthy food that could have been enjoyed elsewhere, or not produced at all, saving taxpayers an extra dollar.
What a shame.
–Evan Britton, Seattle
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