Recipe for Destruction: Big Government

April 20, 2010 | NeW Staff

There have been a few NeW Bloggers, including myself, who have been talking a lot about Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution . Recently, I read an article that gives no mention to “The Food Revolution,” but states that school lunches are a possible threat to national security.

The report was released by a group of retired military officers who claim that with the increase in obesity, there will eventually be a decrease in the number of people who are able to join the military.

“When over a quarter of young adults are too fat to fight, we need to take notice,” Barnett said. He noted that national security in the year 2030 is “absolutely dependent” on reversing child obesity rates.

The officers state that at the center of the problem, are school lunches, which offer a load of unhealthy vending snacks and processed, fatty foods.

If you have been following Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution , you can easily understand from where the military officers are coming. However, these officers are taking their concern a step farther – they are attempting to get a bill passed in the Senate:

“The school lunch bill, currently awaiting a Senate vote, would establish healthier options for all foods in schools, including vending machine items. The legislation would spend $4.5 billion more over 10 years for nutrition programs.”

Although I agree that children are condemned to obesity if they live off of school lunches, I do not believe the government should be spending more money on lunches even if they are supposedly “healthly.” If you read the article , government getting involved with school lunches is a reason for why we have problems now.

If it were me, school lunches would not be provided at all – families would be solely responsible for feeding their children and hopefully, because of that, they will be more conscientious of what they are putting into their children’s mouths.

When the government chooses what your children eat, complications arise. For example, as of now, the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) controls regulations on food and especially school lunches.

Think about it: the agriculture department controls school lunches. What does the agriculture department want to promote the most? That’s right. Agriculture, also known as grains. Now, look at the infamous food pyramid . What does the USDA claim people need the most? Grains!  What do school lunches have the most of? (Remember tater-tots, mashed potatoes that dissolved in water, and breakfast pizza?) Grains! I think there’s a connection.

As a free citizen, it’s your responsibility to choose what you and your family eats. The government should not be the source you look to for that. Therefore, the government should not get involved with school lunches. The family ought to be responsible for it.

Finally,  Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution and the concern from the military about increases in obese children illustrate that government being a part of family does not work. 

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