More nanny state crap promoted by and funded by the federal government. I am so sure the Founding Fathers envisioned spending tax dollars on a program to make a digital record of calorie intake by each grade-school kid under the temporary care of the government.
An elementary school in San Antonio, Texas will take a $2 million dollar grant provided by the US Department of Agriculture and install the system. Each serving tray will have a unique bar code assigned to a kid and the tray of food will be photographed at the end of the lunch line, and again as the kid takes the tray back for cleaning.
From the Associated Press…
Digital imaging analysis of the snapshots will then calculate how many calories each student scarfed down. …
Researchers hope parents will change eating habits at home once they see what their kids are choosing in schools. The data also will be used to study what foods children are likely to choose and how much of if they’re eating.
Five San Antonio elementary schools will take part in the program. Researches selected poor, minority campuses where obesity rates and students at risk for diabetes are higher.
What can you even say about a program like this? The program is “voluntary” of course, and who the heck knows how accurate the software and inspection will be? This is a total waste of tax dollars.