Food Control

In this post a few days ago I explained how politicians might make the case to control shelf space in your local grocery store to sell more wholesome foods like apples.

Coincidentally, I read this post today on John Stossel’s blog.  From it:

Congress is now considering the “Healthy School Meals Act,” which would give schools extra money for serving kids more fruits and veggies. Politicians in Washington think they know better than individual schools what food should be served.

As my blog post said, this sounds reasonable to many people.  Give our kids healthier foods?  Sure, why not?  We keep buying that rationale until we encounter a reduction in choice that directly impacts us.

In my blog post, I used the example of beer.  To make room for more apples the politicians decide that make less space for beer, for example.  That got the attention of one of my friends.

Later in Stossel’s post, he quotes The Physicians Committee of Responsible Medicine and they say something I take issue with.  Part of the quote says:

By funding these crops, the government supports the production of meat and dairy products—the same products that contribute to our growing rates of obesity and chronic disease.

There’s only one root cause of obesity.  That cause is individuals choosing to consume more calories than their bodies need.