Skip to comments.Food Totalitarians on Parade – Part Deux
Posted on 07/29/2011 3:43:56 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Well that didnt take long. Yesterday, in a post discussing a New York Times op-ed that called for heavy taxation on unhealthy foods, I asked, How long before some starry-eyed but angry-faced Democrat proposes legislation to force healthy food advertising? Now The Daily Caller reports that food producers could face government regulations requiring healthy composition profiles for foods marketed to children two to seventeen years old.
If enacted, new regulatory criteria will reclassify many foods which the FDA presently considers healthy as off limits for advertising to children. In the present formulations, eighty-eight of the top 100 most-consumed foods will be considered ineligible for advertising. Unhealthy foods wont be able to be marketed using in-store displays, TV, radio, the Internet, printed media, movie theater concessions, video games, and various other outlets.
A Kraft Foods official points out that while food and beverage companies should market responsibly to kids, the proposed advertising limitations are so restrictive that foods like reduced fat peanut butter or two percent milk string cheese could not be advertised to children. In other words, food totalitarians are behaving like totalitarians.
Companies that market irresponsibly pay the price at the hands of consumers after word of product misrepresentations gets around. The marketplace determines product success ratesan utterly reliable, time-tested principle. In yesterdays post, I wondered, with [s]ugar, salt, trans-fats, [and] fats in general coming under assault by sanctimonious busybodies seeking to dictate healthy eating to everyone, how long would it be until Americans see government-mandated healthy food advertising?
We have our answer. Watchdogs at the Food and Drug Administration, the Federal Trade Commission, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the United States Department of Agriculture have joined together to force parents to solve childhood obesity. Again from the Daily Caller:
The government proposal would require that foods marketed to children and teens come from one of the following food groups: fruit, vegetable, whole grain, fat-free or low-fat milk products, fish, extra lean meat or poultry, eggs, nuts and seeds, or beans. They must also contain no more than trace amounts of saturated fat, trans fat, added sugars and sodium.
Federal food totalitarians are ignoring the actual causes of childhood obesity. Unscrupulous advertising doesnt even make the long list of cause candidates. Besides hardwired eating urges, there is also at least one strong contributing factor to childhood obesity: parental behavior.
Does any clear thinker honestly believe that advertising restrictions and federally-dictated food composition changes will transform parents into automatons who feed kids bogusly-hyped, reformulated food thingies? Most parents look for fast, easy, desirable, filling foods to satisfy kids hunger pangs. Improved, healthier, yucky, lightweight fare doesnt make it onto most parents shopping lists for good reason: tasteless, unsatisfying concoctions stay in the pantry until said concoctions could be used to hammer in nails; bland, unsubstantial plant materials sit in the fridge until pungent, multicolored growths appear.
So here I go again, making another ridiculous but increasingly likely prediction. Will we next see legislation that calls for kids to be taken from parents who provide the wrong foods, those kids then remanded over to the more responsible, more caring state? Remember, many observers scoffed at the suggestion that, in America, Americans would be ordered by the state to buy medical insurance coverage.
Fat children should be removed from their parents and raised by The State, Citizen...
Science Fair experiment .....
Unlawful search and seizure of property, no knock warrants, not serving warrants at all (without probable cause). States rights (usurpation by Federal Government), oligarcy of legislating from the bench, nullifing laws passed by the legislative body.
That's only a start.
The food police: making parents and kids miserable since 1984!
Nanny State PING!
I raised 5,and you know what,they never had weight problems.
They never saw cookies,chips,soda,or sugared cereal in the house. When we took our annual vacation we allowed that stuff and it was a real treat for them.
I always had a car and never drove them anyplace unless it was a great distance.
Parents really do have brains.
How about a big tax on Astroglide and condoms?
“How about a big tax on Astroglide and condoms?”
Yup.. us smokers tried to warn you that once we were sufficiency demonized, they would come for the eaters.. well here they are.
You hit the nail on the head.
I get it right sometimes.
I do indeed remember those warnings. Yep.
Often the problem with the light foods is that THERE AREN’T ENOUGH FREAKING CALORIES(!). You eat the damn thing, which is more expensive because it’s “healthy”, and you’re still so hungry it’s like you didn’t eat anything at all.