Poverty Is Not an Accident

Poverty Is Not an Accident
Nelson Mandela

Thursday, January 20, 2011

why the GOP wants food deregulation

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I keep hearing "Liberty" foundation, Rio Grande foundation, screaming how bake sales & food vendors shouldn't have "government regulation." That means HEALTH DEPARTMENT approval, folks! I got bad sick from some pastries donated to a shelter once; the cream filling was spoiled. I see nothing wrong with health code compliance, so why are they hollering?

Cuz the food industry doesn't want regulation. It's not about a local bake sale or lemonade stand. It's about this here:

Among the worst offenders:
  • Dora the Explorer Fruit Shapes calls itself "an excellent source of vitamin C, naturally flavored, 90 calories per pouch, and gluten free." But 58 percent of its calories come from sugar.
  • The "Meal Facts" panel on Kid Cuisine All Star Chicken Breast Nuggets advertises "white meat chicken, excellent source of protein, no artificial colors or flavors." Yet 38 percent of its calories come from fat.
  • Apple Jacks touts its high fiber and low fat content, but derives 48% of its calories from 
    sugar—its primary ingredient.

    Study: 84% of Nutrition Labels On Kids' Foods "Misleading"

    Poor people buy this crap because it's cheap and filling and stretches the food stamps. In fact, in small, rural towns and inner cities, frequently, crap like this is the only food within walking distance! And then we wag our fingers at parents because their kids have type 2 diabetes (something old people only used to get), heart disease, morbid obesity....
    There is no food for poor people anymore.

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