October 18, 2011

"Food: Give Us the Info---We Can Decide"

It seems that the war on childhood obesity has some new commandos entering the fray. Their purpose---to protect us and our kids and grandkids from sugar, fat and sodium, those little monsters that seem to get into most everything we eat and drink. Then these little demons trick us into thinking that what we are eating and drinking is good because it tastes good but they know it really isn't good and they happily go about their business of making us fat. Since we are not nearly as smart as the government, a new bureaucracy called "The Inter-Agency Working Group In Food Marketed To Children" has been put in place.Their job--- to protect us from these evil monsters because they know that we are not smart enough or diligent enough to do it for ourselves, no less our children. Whew!

This new arm of the "food police" is suggesting that the food industry "retool" recipes in order to attain new levels  of sugar, fat and sodium in the vast majority of food and drinks we consume. Restaurants are included. The consequences of non-compliance with new guidelines will be no more marketing and advertising allowed. Joining the ranks of the unemployed will be "Tony the Tiger", "Count Chocula", M&Ms, Girl Scout cookies, popcorn, pretzels, bagels, milk, sherbet, even water. I'm getting a headache---

It is very nice that this new age government loves us so much that they will even consider throwing themselves on a bowl of instant oatmeal to protect us but, golly gee, did they ever stop to consider that maybe, just maybe, we can decide for ourselves what is good and not good or healthy and not healthy. Hey guys, just give us the info--we can decide. The fact is if I want to give my kid a cupcake---it's none of your business. If I want to give my kid raw carrots with fat free dressing---it's none of your business. Give me the info---I can decide. You bureaucrats might find this preposterous but, we the people, are actually smart enough to disseminate the information which you provide us  (we really appreciate this info) and then feed ourselves and our little ones accordingly. Even the president, the top guy over all of these organizations, likes his cheeseburgers, drinks beer and smokes cigarettes. So what--he is an adult, has disseminated the information, and made his choices. Well, good for him. It's called freedom.

Look, if my grandkids come over and I want to give them a plate full of home-made, sugar filled, butter soaked, chocolate chip cookies that's my business. If I want to give them celery sticks with tofu dip, that's my business. Give us the info--we can decide for ourselves. The vast majority of American parents know what's best for their children, not the government. Just give us the info and let us decide.