This is, of course, a laudable effort by the First Lady. Again—I hate to admit—I find myself in agreement with the administration.
News reports indicate that she does not want to entice the Congress to do this by legislation on the consumer. Except, perhaps, by asking Congress to make print on the food labels on packaging bigger and in plain English. Again, we can agree.
Are there other things that Congress can do? I don’t know…. How about ripping out health care and quit taking more and more of the money people need to buy good food?
How about bypassing Monsanto lobbyists and finding the truth about high fructose corn syrup and printing that? The Mayo Clinic reports:
So far, research has yielded conflicting results about the effects of high-fructose corn syrup. For example, various early studies showed an association between increased consumption of sweetened beverages (many of which contained high-fructose corn syrup) and obesity. But recent research — some of which is supported by the beverage industry — suggests that high-fructose corn syrup isn’t intrinsically less healthy than other sweeteners, nor is it the root cause of obesity.
CNN recently published an article indicating that, “…a new study from Princeton University that suggests high-fructose corn syrup causes more significant weight gain than table sugar.”
How about limiting, or outlawing, certain chemicals in the food, such as MSG, that other countries around the world have done? Won’t that make us European instead of American like you seem to want to be?
Why don’t we demand labels on aspartame which is a load of chemicals without any natural components? Or get the FDA off of the backs of those who promote Stevia without paying the government fees to do so. I don’t know. Maybe we could let people purchase natural food supplements if they choose. Quit using the research on natural products from companies whose whole survival is dependent on people being sick and obese.
Why don’t we get rid of the idea of H.R. 845 which gives the FDA—not the Department of Agriculture—the authority to regulate home gardens.
The biggest move is to get the government to quit buying our car, and other manufacturers, and selling the jobs to Italy. Quit bailing out companies that live beyond their means. Quit bailing out banks that fail on their own merits. Get your husband to keep his promise to pull out of Afghanistan and Iraq so we are not taking billions a day from the mouths of our children and putting it in the pockets of oil companies. We have oil resources. Let’s use them and bring the cost of gasoline down.
(That being said, I am a fan of alternative fuels. Until we get them, however, let’s use what we got and bring the prices down so people can afford to get to work and feed their children.)