'Food nanny' charge doesn't stick - The Packer

'Food nanny' charge doesn't stick

09/03/2012 05:06:00 AM
Tom Karst

National Editor Tom KarstBring back the greasy pizza, some critics seem to be saying.

In an American Thinker piece called "Farm bill inspired food fight, Jerry Shenk writes:

Among other motives, the food nannies at the Department of Agriculture may just have been following up on a little-noticed feature of the current farm bill which expanded crop subsidies and allowed politicians to harvest campaign contributions from new segments of American agri-businesses.

Crop subsidies are a form of agri-socialism that's been around since the collectivists of the New Deal began their perverse tinkering with farm policy in the 1930s.

In the last version of the bill, delayed from 2007 and finally passed by both houses over President George W. Bush's veto in 2008, subsidies were expanded from row crops to include subsidies for specialty crops: fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits and nursery crops -- you know, the things the kids don't like and won't eat.

 

OK. it seems fruit and vegetable producers are now receiving subsidies from the farm bill (wrong) and the corrupt influence of lobbyists is the reason that children are now forced to eat more fruits and vegetables in school meals, "the things the kids don't like and won't eat."

No, the long overdue change in school meal nutrition guidelines reflects Dietary Guidance for Americans and is designed to lead to improved health for America's youth at risk from the obesity epidemic.

It seems the term "nanny" is trotted out anytime some conservatives want to attack updated nutrition guidelines put forward by the USDA.

It is short-sighted and wrong to do so.



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