The big news out of Sweden is that lunch lady Annika Eriksson has been shut down.
Eriksson was an exceptionally creative and hardworking head cook at a school in central Sweden — too creative and too resourceful as it turns out.
Uniquely motivated to offer the school kids a wide array of tasty, healthy and attractive foods, Eriksson baked her own fresh breads and changed the daily vegetable into something more than corn in a steam table by turning an assortment of 15 vegetables each day into an ever-changing, colorful, appetizing, and innovative vegetable buffet.
Eriksson also did some fancy culinary footwork for the kids with chicken, shrimp, and beef patties.
The kids had no complaints and nothing busted the school’s food budget.
Well, that was all too good, too yummy, and too unequal for Sweden’s overstocked supply of bureaucrats, central planners, food monitors, and equity cops.
The talented and enthused lunch lady was “told to stop baking fresh bread and to cut back on her wide-ranging veggie buffets because it was ‘unfair’ that students at other schools didn’t have access to the unusually tasty offering,” reported The Local: Sweden’s News in English website.
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Ralph R. Reiland (photo) is an associate professor of economics and the B. Kenneth Simon professor of free enterprise at Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh.