New York City Says No Food Stamps for Sodas

Oct 8, 2010 at 7:00 am

Despite possible legal roadblocks, New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg issues a plan to make sugar-sweetened soft drink ineligible for food stamps. The New York Times reports that New York City requested permission from the USDA to perform a two-year experiment to ban soda purchases with food stamps, but the test might require Congress to change food stamp laws. Federal law dictates what items are covered by food stamps, and the list hasn't been amended since 1977. Congress rejected a similar request from Minnesota in 2004. Salon writer Francis Lam explains why we shouldn't be so grossed out by the viral photo claiming to be mechanically separated chicken. He interviews the maker of advanced meat recovery machines, and looks at the pink goo as a form of "nose to tail" dining, but with some scary ramifications.

Taco Bell likes to support musicians. According to Paste Magazine, the company's sponsored the Feed the Beat program for the last five years, awarding $500 in Taco Bell coupons to touring musicians. This year's lucky taco winners include Andrew W.K., Wavves, Best Coast, Passion Pit, and Dr. Dog. The company also works to promote the artists.

The St. Petersburg (Florida) Times reports that a pair of door-to-door meat salesmen have been charged with stealing a barbecue grill while on duty.