J.D. Tuccille Talks About the Foolishness of Ordering School Kids To Change Their Diets on RT's 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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  • Fist of Etiquette||

    ...the government often underwrites exactly the foods it then tells people not to eat.

    It's the ultimate stimulus! If only we could throw those uneaten, subsidized foods through windows, too...

  • ||

    First we need a new regulation that makes windows that are weak enough to break when hit by food. The put a penaltax on not replacing your old windows. Then we can start the window breaking. All for the children of course.

  • Jordan||

    The government is determined to actively harm children with their pseudo-science, high-carb bullshit. Kids need cholesterol and saturated fat for normal development. Both are perfectly healthy.

  • mr simple||

    People don't want to hear that noise. Then they would have to admit they were wrong to follow these diets and spend tons of money on low-fat crap and harangue people who eat fat. Also, everybody knows and some doctor said once and so on.

    This is the crap I get from the wannabe health nerds when I tell them they're doing it wrong and hurting the fat people they're trying to help. That's before the gloves come off when I explain that running an hour everyday is actually probably bad for you.

  • From the Tundra||

    One of my closest friends is a registered dietitian. Fantastic human being but absolutely hates the low carb, high fat approach my wife and I (and the kids) take. The arguments are getting more aggressive - I guess when you find out that your entire career has been something of a sham, you tend to get defensive. Bottom line - anyone who follows government dietary recommendations, particularly for their kids, is insane.

  • DJF||

    “””impossibility of herding millions of people in that desired direction”””

    Lies, by appropriate use of scientific socialism we will create the New Soviet Man.

  • C. S. P. Schofield||

    Post Soviet analysis shows that the New Soviet Man was stillborn.

  • ||

    (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)

    They are called "pie holes," aren't they? Yeah, that's what I thought.

  • Thane of Whiterun||

    Am I the only one who finds it ironic that the top story is about the NRA but 2chili is talking about... school lunches?

  • $park¥||

    Probably, since I can't seem to find any irony involved. Also, reason is under no obligation to post what you think should be posted.

  • Thane of Whiterun||

    +1 tight sphincter

  • OldMexican||

    "On this show: How the right wants to cook your children and eat them for dinner, plus how they engage in Satanic cult rituals. Also, how the rich want to take away your pensions for no reason except they think is funny. Also, how the right scream of nanny-statism when we just want our kids not to be fat bastards!"

    It makes for very entertaining television, I am sure.

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