Hey There, Child Obesity Epidemic!

Somerville Blog recently brought a press release from Stop & Shop to our attention. Apparently, they’ve lowered their prices on cookies and crackers. Here, why don’t you see for yourself?

Quincy, MA (August 16, 2007) – Just in time for the back-to-school season, the Stop & Shop Supermarket Company will unveil its new, lower pricing on your favorite varieties of cookies and crackers. Starting Friday, Aug. 17, the chain will offer an even better value on these snack items, which are perfect for a brown-bag or after-school treat.

“Cookies and crackers are a staple of the brown-bagged school lunch,” said Andrea Astrachan, vice president of consumer affairs for The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company. “Now, with our new, lower prices, these lunch
mainstays are an even better value for our customers, whether it’s in bulk or in individual snack-sized packages.”

Hey! You know what else is perfect for a brown-bag or after-school treat and is actually healthful? Fruit! Seriously, if you’re looking for an object illustration of the impact of American agricultural and food policy (i.e. The Farm Bill), look no further.

We’re pro-cookie in general. We agree that everyone needs a little treat on occasion and it’s nice for said treat to be reasonably priced. Our issue isn’t with cheap cookies. Our issue is with subsidizing junky snack food and not subsidizing whole foods that are actually good for you. There’s no reason that cookies should be cheaper than fruit.

Cheaper Cookies for Kids [Somerville Blog]
New! Low Prices Every Day On Cookies And Crackers [Stop & Shop]
You Are What You Grow [Michael Pollan]

[Photo: Stop & Shop]


Hey There, Child Obesity Epidemic!