Monday, June 28, 2010

Food Totalitarians Ramp Up Their “Wars”

Karen DeCoster
LRC Blog -

Last week, the Los Angeles Times ran an article about the new government initiative on food which is the same as the old government initiative, except this time they mean it. From the LA Times article:

“The basic advice is the same. The new twist is that they’re recognizing the fact that it’s very hard for people to follow that advice,” said Margo Wootan, nutrition policy director of the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest.

The initiative is to get people to follow the special interest-influenced government food pyramid, which puts fat in the same ‘evil’ category as sugar and salt. As we know, the low-fat campaign, for 2+ decades, has created a generation of obese, unhealthy, nutritionally deficient, tax-feeding Americans who live on fast food and processed food, and make carbohydrates the bulk of their diets while they substitute barely edible, chemical-loaded Lean Cuisine frozen entrees for real, whole foods with healthy fats. (Make sure you eat those healthy, healthy cereals, hamburger buns, and saltine crackers, along with hydrogenated oils, as the pyramid spells out.)

Therefore, the USDA Guidelines Advisory Committee — a panel of 13 experts(!) handpicked by government and special interests — is rolling out some plans for making America collectively trim and healthy.

The panel called for improvements in nutrition literacy and cooking skills to encourage preparation of healthy foods at home; increased emphasis on health, nutrition and physical education in schools; and increased availability of fresh produce for consumers.

Although few Americans may be familiar with details of the guidelines beyond the government’s widely publicized food pyramid, the document influences decisions in school breakfast and lunch programs, Meals on Wheels, food labeling and in discussions on regulatory issues such as food marketing to children.

This is all in response to the ramp-up of the salt wars. The War on Salt will become the War on Everything (that special interests and corporatist interests deem target worthy). Thank New Yorkers for starting the ball rolling on the Salt War. New York City is always a central point for Lifestyle Nazi inanity. Thanks to the Bloomberg & Co. busybodies, we have the National Salt Reduction Initiative, which aims to regulate salt via federal laws.

If you look at the website of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (there is such a thing!), note what they deem important: that everyone get an HIV test (that’s an equality tactic so we don’t discriminate against those people who lead lives that put themselves at risk); color-coding cigarette packs according to their risk level; pushing the “health benefits” of government rent seeking on sugar-laden beverages; giving local restaurants letter “grades” based on their conformity to food “safety” rules; and the importance using the digital age to shatter medical privacy. And now New York and its empowered Health Nazis want to regulate our bodies and eating habits.

And then we find out, via the Rasmussen Reports, that 48% of the masses (yes, even the dumbed-down sheeple) think government is a threat to their individual rights.