This editorial will appear in Tuesday’s print edition.
How much sugary soda pop is purchased with food stamps? Good luck trying to find out.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture — the federal agency that administers the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps — doesn’t give out that information. Estimates range from $2 billion a year (a 2010 Yale University study) to $4 billion (a 2010 Center for Science in the Public Interest).
If even the lower estimate is true, it’s no wonder that soft drink makers spend millions of dollars each year lobbying against efforts to …