This month's American Journal of Preventive Medicine has a great new article about the rationale behind menu-labeling legislation. The authors break down the issue arguement by argument, refuting the claims of opponents.
My personal favorite of the 6 arguments discussed is Argument 5: "Government regulation is not needed in a free-market economy. If people want healthier menu items, the market will respond to any increasing demand for these items."
The authors do a great job refuting this claim, saying, "A free market does not exist when consumers lack key information about the products they are puchasing and when there is an imbalance between what sellers know and what buyers know."
I couldn't agree more! Check out the article online at http://bit.ly/60vgeJ. It's only a few pages long, and after reading it you'll always have a great comeback when your friends and colleagues argue against menu labeling.
This is a must read for any menu-labeling advocate!