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British Government Tackles Disproportion of Eyes, Stomach


Last week the British government's Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) began sending "food champions" door to door in Herefordshire and Worcestershire to counsel people on portion sizes, creative use of leftovers, freezer maximization, and the differences between "sell by," "best before," and "use by" dates. The personal pestering is a test for a nationwide program aimed at reducing disposal costs and carbon dioxide emissions by reducing food waste. "If all 25 million households in the UK were visited in the same way," the Telegraph estimates, "8,000 officials would be required at a cost of tens of millions of pounds." And don't forget the leaflets: 24,500 for the pilot program, 25 million or so for the full-blown version. All in the name of waste reduction.

Peter Ainsworth, the shadow environment secretary, thinks WRAP's "Love Food Hate Waste" campaign is "stating the obvious," while Matthew Elliott, chief executive of the Taxpayers' Alliance, deems it "a prime example of excessive government nannying," not to mention "a waste of public money and resources." WRAP spokeswoman Julia Falcon argues "there is a benefit to residents, because if they can cut back on what they throw in the bin, they will make a personal saving." And how could they possibly know that without a visit from their friendly neighborhood food champion?

[via The Freedom Files]

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  1. Food Champions gotta eat!

  2. I would like to add a new acronym to the intertubes if it doesn’t already exist:


  3. In keeping with the spirit of my above post, here is my plan for an “enhancement” of the Food Champions program:

    Instead of the lecture, upon arrival at a domicile we should just let the homeowner or tenant shove their spoiled food or plate leavings down the throats of the bureaucrat making the visit.

    In lieu of pay.

    Voila! No waste, and no additional government expenditure for the Exchequer to worry about.

  4. The limeys really know how to go FULL RETARD with the bureaucracy. They’re, like, impossible to beat or parody. This is Monty Python level silliness.

  5. Yo, Britain, that’s pretty retarded.

  6. Food champions? I’ll take Angle-Grinder Man over them any day! Or even a Champion Pedestrian.

  7. The personal pestering is a test for a nationwide program aimed at reducing disposal costs and carbon dioxide emissions by reducing food waste.

    Looks more like a scheme to keep bureaucrats well fed and clothed.

    Matthew Elliott, chief executive of the Taxpayers’ Alliance, deems it “a prime example of excessive government nannying,” not to mention “a waste of public money and resources.”

    I don’t think so, this is a clear case of government adding value to the economy through investment in people’s futures – just ask Joe.

  8. I do think that if one of these yokels came to my door, you would be unable to restrain me from planting a boot in their scrotum. At the very least I would hawk some phlegm in their direction. I would take a platoon of Jehovah Witnesses over one of these assholes any day. At least the JWs won’t be harassing me on the taxpayer’s dime.

  9. Rue, Britannia. Britannia rue the WRAPS.

  10. The next day they send a monitor to make sure you’ve properly excreted the food you were told to eat — it’s the WRAP & CRAP Program.

  11. Dear Posters:

    You are all a bunch of “yobs” and if you were in Britan, you would be properly dealt with.


  12. Seriously, Britain, what the fuck?

  13. it’s the WRAP & CRAP Program


    Can you imagine this douchebag showing up at your door?

    “Hi, I’m a WASP from WRAP and I’d like to give you the FYI on AGW and BUB dates.”

  14. Do these tossers specialize in dealing with chavs?

  15. Epi,

    Will you stop playing around and go ahead and write that acronym rap song you’ve been threatening us with for so many years.

  16. I sent the lyrics to Weird Al.

  17. (martial drum and groove bass music)

    They were ordinary government operatives,
    until accidental exposure to Spam, tripe, and black pudding gave them extraordinary abilities.

    They became… the Food Champions!

    (ITC Logo)

  18. (WRAP) began sending “food champions” door to door in Herefordshire and Worcestershire to counsel people on portion sizes, creative use of leftovers, freezer maximization, and the differences between “sell by,” “best before,” and “use by” dates.

    Stop, read that carefully. I mean, Americans, read that carefully. Can you fucking imagine getting that knock on your door?

    I remember the first time a “caregiver” performing a home visit to see how our newborn was doing, asked my wife a series of questions, one of which was “are there any firearms in the home”. It took every ounce of strength to not throw her forcibly from the premisis. We answered “no”.

    I can only imagine how accurate the data was.

    Remember when it was a “liberal” joke which was told: “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help you.”

    Ah, how things change.

  19. Paul, was that in UK or US?

  20. What a great, dark film one could write on this premise. Gotta get some ideas together to pitch to a studio.

    Story follows the trials and tribulations of mild-mannered Nigel Wormly, “food champion”, who by day, goes door-to-door instructing citizens on food usage. Then by night…

    Oh man, it practically writes itself.

  21. But Epi! You never go FULL RETARD! Don’t they know this?

    “You went full retard, man. Never go full retard. You don’t buy that? Ask Sean Penn, 2001, “I Am Sam.” Remember? Went full retard, went home empty handed…”

  22. Slowly the British animal shelters begin to empty, then the orphanages…

  23. If they really wanted to help people they’d stop subsidizing agribusiness. Gosh if I keep thinking about the irony of these “food champions” stopping “waste” my head is going to explode…

  24. Joe, Barack Obama could create 36,000 jobs if the plan would scale linearly in the U.S.

  25. No, if they really wanted to help people, they’d. just. stop.

  26. Isn’t the UK on the verge of bankruptcy? A rather odd use of government funds, in that case.

  27. The UK has net external private debt of > 300% GDP. It is a horrible little country that I unfortunately live in. The women look like talking farm animals (thank you Ur) and everyone is a moronic socialist sheep who opposes constitutional civil rights because “that’s like America.”

    A horrible place that deserves its downfall and should never, ever be described as European.

  28. I would not be surprised if His High and Mightiness, Barack Obama, tried to do something like that here in America.

  29. When I first noticed that the British had a weird deal with food: I started reading their tabloids online several years ago. Our US tabloids might talk about who some celeb is fucking or what drugs they are doing. Theirs talk about how some celebrity is going to kill himself because he ate a steak. ” So and so has his mum worried because he has been seen holed up in his estate getting take away from pubs and eating artery clogging filet minon. He is up to 14 Stone!” The naked tits are nice, though!

  30. The reason that this program will not be implemented in the United States is that we have the Second Amendment.

    Also: guys, joe hasn’t even posted on this thread. if you’re going to call him out on being a condescending nanny state apologist, at least do it in direct response to something he says.

  31. next up: a law banning the denial of entry to nanny-state “champions”

  32. The funniest thing about certain types of liberals is their unshakable faith that if they could just explain things properly, everyone will see things their way, lions will lie down with lambs, and chavs will beat their crisps into yogurt.

    Good luck with that.

  33. We smiled and waved a fond adieu as that once great empire slowly sank into the sea under the weight of their monumental and prevasive stupidity…

  34. That’s so surreal. It’s like a Monty Python sketch, but they’re serious.

  35. asked my wife a series of questions, one of which was “are there any firearms in the home”. It took every ounce of strength to not throw her forcibly from the premisis. We answered “no”.

    In the new spirit of our Parsin’ President, I could say the same. For certain values of “firearms”, “in”, and “home”.

  36. wait, wut?

    I live in Herefordshire

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