Granola Heads Vs.Fruit Loopies at Harvard

Angry cereal fans are lashing out after
Harvard University cleared its dining halls this school year of brand-name
cereals, such as Fruit Loops and Cap’n Crunch, and swapped them for less
expensive, apparently healthier options like Tootie Fruities and Colossal

For Harvard sophomore Allison Kessler, it’s annoying to pay more than $4,000
for a meal plan that scrimps on her favorite breakfast foods. Particularly
since, Kessler, like many college students, eats cereal several times
a day.
”I used to eat Lucky Charms for lunch and dinner," she said. ”The
fake stuff gets real soggy, and I’ve just stopped eating cereal. This is
not fair."

Harvard officials say student surveys showed an interest in healthier,
organic products, and brand-name cereals have been slow to move in that
direction. At the same time, the major cereal companies are raising prices
about 8 percent to 10 percent per year, more than double the rate for natural
and lesser-known cereals, according to Jami M. Snyder, a spokeswoman for
Harvard University Dining Services. ”We have a responsibility to spend
their dollars wisely," Snyder said.

Harvard has reduced its six-figure cereal budget by 25 percent this academic
year since shelving most brand-name cereals, including Apple Jacks, Cheerios,
and Frosted Flakes.

Sure, and if they replaced their supply of homoginized
Vitamin D enriched milk with organic goat’s milk, we bet they could reduce
their milk budget by at least 75%!

from the
Boston Globe

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