J.D. Tuccille Talks About the Foolishness of Ordering School Kids To Change Their Diets on RT’s The Big Picture

6683hamburger 600x400 J.D. Tuccille Talks About the Foolishness of Ordering School Kids To Change Their Diets on RTs The Big Picture

The other day, I was on RT’s The Big Picture to
discuss with host Sam Sacks the USDA’s ongoing project to get kids
to eat their fruits and vegetables. Now that kids have been

throwing away their government-mandated healthier lunches and
seeking solace at the vending machine, the USDA is trying to block
that end-run by issuing yet more rules
(PDF) for snack foods in schools. As is often the case, the nanny
state guidelines are rooted in top-down theories about how people
ought to live rather than any firm grasp of the
impossibility of herding millions of peope in that desired
direction. I pointed out that, no matter how paternalistically
awesome the intentions might be (and the USDA rules are definitely
more in line with what we know about nutrition than what I see some
of my son’s classmates shoving into their pie holes), you can’t get
there from here.As Sam mentions at the end of the segment, we didn’t have a
chance to discuss agricultural subsidies, under which the
government often underwrites exactly the foods it then tells people
not to eat.I come in at about the 30-minute mark.

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J.D. Tuccille Talks About the Foolishness of Ordering School Kids To Change Their Diets on RT’s The Big Picture


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