Why Are New York's Lawmakers Flipping Out Over Yogurt?

Friday, May 09, 2014

The New York State senate voted yogurt (yes, yogurt) as the official New York State snack. Jessica Alaimo, Reporter at Capital New York, talks about the spirited debate held on the senate floor about this very important issue, and what the state's thriving yogurt industry had to do with it.


Jessica Alaimo

Comments [18]

thatgirl from manhattan

Yoghurt from hormone and antibiotic-laden cows? No thanks! Soy yoghurt? Made from GMO-source soybeans. Tax-dodging Chobani will move somewhere else when offered even more indulgences. So who are we kidding?

New York has enjoyed far better snacks in its history. Put me down for the knish!

May. 09 2014 11:59 AM
Barb from in town

Hey, folks, PLEASE call your state legislators and ask them to support the Label GMOs bill!

May. 09 2014 11:58 AM

On the kibbutz in Israel back in the old days they ate some natural yogurt with almost every meal, but what we eat in the US is full of sugar and that kills the whole thing. They put sugar and sweets into it.

May. 09 2014 11:57 AM
A listener

State snack?

A slice of pizza.

May. 09 2014 11:57 AM
pina from So.Plainfield

It would be great snack if it didn't have tone of sugar in it.

May. 09 2014 11:56 AM

Emulate the UK, where companies pay to be designated "By appointment to Her Majesty, purveyors of smoked herring" and the like. Revenue source.

May. 09 2014 11:55 AM
Amy from Manhattan

Why do we need an official state snack in the 1st place?

May. 09 2014 11:55 AM
Andrea from Philadelphia

The apple! Vegans will have nothing to complain about, it's healthy, delicious, and grown here.

May. 09 2014 11:54 AM
Truth & Beauty from Brooklyn

Unfortunately, there are so many people these days who are allergic to so many foods, or unable to eat them for a variety of reasons (i.e., lactose intolerance, GERD, diabetes, Celiac disease), that selecting a "state snack" that can appeal to everyone just won't work. Yogurt is a good food because of its protein content and probiotic bacteria, but not everyone (including me) can eat it. Perhaps it might be better to skip that state snack.

May. 09 2014 11:54 AM
Bonn from East Village

Could it have anything to do with Chobani having a factory upstate?
I suggest: bagels, potato chips, dark chocolate.

May. 09 2014 11:53 AM
Dale from Brooklyn, NY

Bagel makes sense. But what about pizza? Who doesn't think about pizza when you think about New York?

Or maybe the hot dog?

May. 09 2014 11:53 AM
pina from So.Plainfield

It would be great snack if it didn't have tone of sugar in it.

May. 09 2014 11:53 AM

All of the politicians who took part in this idiotic debate should be recalled from office.

There should not be a state snack. State lawmakers can't afford to waste time on this frivolous nonsense.

May. 09 2014 11:52 AM
Doug from Brooklyn

These Yogurt industry lobbyists need to be stopped. Tax subsidies and corporate favors are the only reason that newly popular greek yogurt is being endorsed as our state snack...

Our state snack should be a regional food that has become popular around the entire world.

I, for one, suggest Buffalo Wings. A true New York food that has gone global. No one gets excited about Yogurt. Support Buffalo Wings for State snack!

May. 09 2014 11:51 AM
Linda from East Village

Kimchi taco ... New York CITY official snack candidate

May. 09 2014 11:51 AM
Joe Pilla from Midtown

I was going to nominate the big, soft pretzel--but that ain't gluten free.
And the dirty water hot dog daunts vegans AND the gluten sensitive.
So, I now nominate the kasha knish!

May. 09 2014 11:51 AM
Priya from Brooklyn

Brian, yogurt is lactose intolerant friendly. The bacteria in it allow people who are lactose intolerant to digest the contents because the bacteria help break down the lactose. Or something along those lines.


May. 09 2014 11:49 AM
Mia from Manhattan

Forget the yogurt... what cold be more New York than the bagel?

May. 09 2014 11:48 AM

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