The reality is that we have some of the safest food in the entire world here the United States. Our food and food processing industries are completely over regulated, and it is amazing that we have 300 million people in our country, who eat three meals a day, and lots of snack food in between, and very rarely do we have any major problems. Now then, this is something that I believe people should consider when they go about inspiring the government regulators to crack down on corporations that sell food and drinks.
There was an interesting article recently in the National Review on June 18, 2011 published in “The Corner” page titled “The Feds Announce New Regulations on the Food Industry” by Julie Gunlock (Senior Fellow at the Independent Women’s Forum).
The agencies including the FTC, FDA, CDC, and USDA got together and released a proposal for new regulation, calling it all about Self Regulatory Guide in order to market only healthy foods to children based on the new Food Triangle; a plate with a pie chart of what our citizens should eat on their daily food intake. The article stated;
“According to this preliminary proposal, food manufacturers should; encourage children, through advertising and marketing, to choose foods that make a meaningful contribution to a healthful diet (Principle A) and minimize consumption of foods with significant amounts of nutrients that could have a negative impact on health or weight – specifically, sodium, saturated fat, trans fat, and added sugars (Principle B).”
Okay so, let’s talk about this shall we? First, this is just more regulation imposed on the food and drink industry, which will raise the costs of our food. Will it improve children’s diets? Doubtful, because kids like sweets, no matter what you market to them, they know they want ding-dongs, Twinkies, PopTarts, and you get the picture. Ask a kid what they want at Starbucks, they’ll tell you they want a Frappachino, no matter what Starbucks has up on the leader board recommending specials for the day.
Further, this is just more government regulation, and it’s not that we don’t want our children to eat better, but why do we need the government enforcing such things and ready to sue food makers if they fail to “self-police” – it’s too arbitrary, and those multi-million dollar regulatory fines, and lawsuits will be paid by the food maker, only to be passed onto us consumers, thus, we lose twice.
Not to mention the fact, that in this case the government is censoring the advertising and marketing here, thus, basically telling us what to eat and feed our children. Now that is a significant challenge to parenting, and if the government purported the food triangle for that many years, only to change it now, then how can we trust much of anything they recommend to us? Ah, a last minute decent question to make you think, you are welcome. Indeed I hope you will please consider all this and think on it.