Here Come the Food Police
By: Tom Purcell
FrontPageMagazine.com | Wednesday, January 21, 2009
They could arrive in America any time now: food police.
refer to an interesting item in the U.K. Telegraph. The British
government is sending contractors door to door to teach its citizens
how to manage leftovers.
British bureaucrats, you see, worry
that Brits are wasting too much food -- one third of store-bought grub,
they say, is tossed out. That is bad for the environment.
is bad because produce must be grown and harvested. Cows and pigs must
be fed and butchered. Fossil fuels must be burned to process,
refrigerate and ship the food. Fossil fuels emit carbon. Carbon, it is
argued, is causing the Earth to melt.
The more leftovers that go to waste, then, the more carbon we pump into the air.
Brit bureaucrats will have none of that. To prevent the wasting of leftovers, they launched the "Love Food Hate Waste" campaign.
contractors -- "food champions" -- are going door to door to teach
helpless, inept citizens how to shop better, eat less and manage their
leftovers. They offer useful tips at their Web site
Take portion control. Brits are eating
too much. Fortunately, the government provides a nifty calculator to
tell you exactly how much you should eat. A fellow dining alone is
limited to two florets of broccoli, I discovered -- and all these years
I've been eating 2 1/2.
They offer tips on how to save dough.
They advise that vegetables, for instance, are cheaper when in season.
Groundbreaking news for the government maybe, but my father, a master
grocery shopper, figured it out in the '60s when he pinched every penny
to feed six kids.
In another section, top chefs provide recipes
to encourage Brits to eat -- not toss -- their leftovers. They should
have consulted my mother. Leftovers were all we ate when I was a kid.
In fact, to borrow from humorist Calvin Trillin, we once sent a crew of
archeologists into our kitchen to uncover the original meal.
problem, we are led to believe, is that Brits are dumb. They aren't
able to read or understand "use by" dates and so they toss out food
while it is still edible.
They don't seem to know that freezing
food keeps the food from spoiling so they can eat it later. Or that
celery that is a little bruised still makes good stir fry.
goodness the all-knowing government has come to their rescue. The way
things are breaking in America, we may soon have government-funded food
champions knocking on our doors, too.
If the government decides
that humans are the cause of global warming -- it's "climate change"
now -- then isn't it logical for the government to thwart humans from
causing it? Aren't leftover police logical?
If the government
takes over all aspects of our nation's health care system -- and the
Democrats are likely going to try -- isn't it also logical for
health-care police to evolve?
If you smoke or eat a fatty diet
-- if your poor choices could cause you to become ill -- the government
will have to pick up the tab. Isn't it logical, then, for the
government to monitor and control your habits and your diet?
may sound absurd, but absurdity and government go hand-in-hand. That is
why the government that governs best is the one that governs least --
something we better keep a bead on as our government expands rapidly in
response to our economic woes.
Though perhaps we won't have to
worry about food police just yet. Our prescient government already
launched a preemptive strike to eliminate leftover wastefulness.
it flooded the economy with easy money. Then it ensured that any fool
could get a mortgage. A massive housing bubble evolved, then burst, and
now unemployment is soaring.
Show me an American who can afford to waste leftovers in this economy.
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