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Because being a liberal means never having to actually think about those pesky things called “unintended consequences.”

Via Daily Caller:

A new study analyzing a bottled water ban at the University of Vermont (UVM) suggests that such policies are totally counterproductive, leading to an increase in the consumption of unhealthy drinks while also doing nothing to reduce the output of plastic bottle waste.

UVM became the first public college to ban bottled water at the outset of 2013, in a bold move the school touted as an opportunity to encourage the consumption of local water while cutting down on the number of plastic waste bottles. Besides banning water bottles, the school also spent over $100,000 constructing additional water fountains and promoting the consumption of tap water. Similar polices have been put in place at dozens of other schools around the country, though no study looked closely at the long-term effects until now….

The study indicates that without bottled water, rather than filling their own bottles with tap water, students simply avoided water entirely and instead chose readily available sugary drinks.

Unwilling to take the study as a rebuke, UVM’s Office of Sustainability has pledged to redouble its efforts….

To try and discourage the consumption of unhealthy drinks, the school will enact a new rule requiring 50 percent of all dining hall beverage options to have 40 calories or fewer per serving. It also plans to “roll out a public information campaign” promoting increased water consumption.

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  1. Teri says:

    They can lead the sheeple to the water but they can’t get them to drink it. Pathetic that these ‘adults’ need to be told what’s good and bad to consume. Do mommy and daddy come sit and have lunch with them ? I wonder if they get a nap time like in pre-school.

  2. Alain41 says:

    College used to be for exposure to other views and learning to make your best independent choice. Specifically regarding food, Colleges used to brag about choices for different diets. Now it’s comply, comply, comply. It’s not unintended consequences to them. It’s sedition.

  3. Maynard says:

    Back in the day, we used to disguise beer cans with wrappers that made them look like soda cans. (And these can still be found.) In the modern era, you’ve got to disguise your water bottle to look like soda. Times change.

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