|What people looked like before the government tried to fix things.|
The need is dire: efforts to shift the national diet have failed, because education alone is no match for marketing dollars that push the very foods that are the worst for us. (The fast-food industry alone spent more than $4 billion on marketing in 2009; the Department of Agriculture’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion is asking for about a third of a percent of that in 2012: $13 million.) As a result, the percentage of obese adults has more than doubled over the last 30 years; the percentage of obese children has tripled. We eat nearly 10 percent more animal products than we did a generation or two ago, and though there may be value in eating at least some animal products, we could perhaps live with reduced consumption of triple bacon cheeseburgers.Here's a clue, dickhead, people aren't getting diabetes from eating animals. Bittman mostly talks about sodas and processed food, something we in the paleo/real food community can all agree on, but he is also happy to see a tax on saturated fat.
Other countries are considering or have already started programs to tax foods with negative effects on health. Denmark’s saturated-fat tax is going into effect Oct. 1, and Romania passed (and then un-passed) something similar; earlier this month, a French minister raised the idea of tripling the value added tax on soda. Meanwhile, Hungary is proposing a new tax on foods with “too much” sugar, salt or fat, while increasing taxes on liquor and soft drinks, all to pay for state-financed health care; and Brazil’s Fome Zero (Zero Hunger) program features subsidized produce markets and state-sponsored low-cost restaurants.The reality is, of course, that the propaganda (or what Bittman calls education) has been way too successful. Sure, we can all agree that sodas are bad. What we don't agree on at all is that eating animals or salt is bad. We got into this situation in the first place thanks to wrongheaded social engineering policies (see the Food Pyramid). The solution is NOT MORE SOCIAL ENGINEERING. It's the same tired refrain from statists everywhere, state intervention hasn't worked because it wasn't enough, you know, because the evul corporashuns and and all their evul muney, hurr durr hurr durr. Communism didn't work in China, Soviet Union, et al, because it wasn't REAL communism, etc.
I believe that people ought to be allowed to engage in activities that are bad for them as long as they don't harm others in the process. If I want to chug a glass of soybean frankenoil for breakfast, whiled chain-smoking a pack of filterless cigarettes, that's my own damn business, not the government's. I also believe that if the governments of the world hadn't intervened in the what people ate, through subsidies, taxes, regulations, false propaganda, etc, there wouldn't be any obesity epidemic.
Education hasn't failed, Bittman, you fascist prick, the science has failed. At least the majority of what has passed for science in the arena of nutrition for the last fifty years. This is slowly changing thanks to people like Gary Taubes, Mark Sisson, the Drs Eades, etc. It is not going to be fixed by statist intervention.