Food Policy

Bossiness: It's What's For Dinner!


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Over at Fox News, Reason's own Baylen Linnekin lifts the lid on what politicians are stewing up in 2014, and he says it's a nasty goulash of presumptuous dictates and nannyish for-you-own-goodism. "Regardless of your choices," he writes, "your food freedom—your right to grow, raise, produce, buy, sell, share, cook, eat, and drink the foods you want—is under attack."

Linnekin lists ten threats to your (and my) food freedom he sees looming this year. The bulk of them are continuations from the past, both annoying (like ongoing efforts to dictate the size of our sodas) and expensive (agricultural subsidies! The policy that almost everybody agrees is asinine and destructive, but just won't clutch at its chest and die already.)

One new nugget involves the restaurant food labeling requirements built into…(wait for it)…Obamacare! As if that law didn't intrude far enough into our lives already, it also puts the FDA in the position of deciding just what businesses qualify as "similar retail food establishments" and so will have to assume the costs and hassles of calculating calorie counts and posting them for the public.

Peruse Linnekin's full count of busybody suckage here.

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  1. Honestly, I think this might be the line people need to really not allow these idiots to cross. If they can control this, they can control anything.

    1. I dunno. Some of my mostly libertarian friends go full on fascist when it comes to food. “What are we going to do about all of these fatties?!?”

      1. Um, let them do what they want? What difference does it make? I swear this is akin to second-hand smoke, where people don’t want to see other fat people. That’s it, just aesthetics.

        1. I definitely agree with you there.

          1. Makes me want to build a bamboo cannon or something.

            1. “This may be my last entry. I am almost exhausted. Unless I find the weapon the Metron mentioned, I have very little time left. Native sulfur, diamonds… This place is a mineralogist’s dream! Yet… there is something about sulfur… something very old. Something… if only I could remember.”

              1. I know, laundry detergent! He can wash the Gorn’s clothes, thus ushering in peace between the Federation and the Gorn whatever they call it.

                1. ProL, I weary of the chase. Wait for me. I shall be merciful and quick.

                  1. Really, Kirk had him right there. The Gorn was clearly out of shape. I mean, he’s telling Kirk he’s all worn out, and he’s clearly slow, probably from wearing that heavy lizard suit. I figure Kirk could’ve just kept walking for a while until the Gorn collapsed from exhaustion.

                    I think the cannon was built solely to impress the Metrons. “Whoa, he can build a cannon out of bamboo? WTF? Get him the hell out of here.”

                    1. The Gorn needed his sunlamp and crickets to keep going.

                    2. I just saw something about early humans that discussed how we killed larger game by just chasing them around a few days. Apparently most prey and predators can’t match us for distance. We’d chase them until we could just walk up to them and kill them, because they were worn out, doing so early on with nothing more than knives.

                    3. MacGyvering is the human hat.

        2. Gross morbidly obese fat fatties like Episiarch are a drain on healthcare resources. And since everyone now pays for everyone elses healthcare, it’s not only the state’s interest, but their duty to eliminate fat, or the people it’s attached to.

          1. You know, Hugh, I’m getting a little sick of you calling me morbidly obese. Just because I can roll my fat into a tunnel in which I can place my penis doesn’t make me fat, it just makes me big boned. Stop othering me!

            1. Since humans can’t suck their own dicks — wait, where was I going with this?

        3. If we must ban something, how about news reporting of dietary studies that always feature a camera aimed at gut level at fatties in tight clothing strolling the streets. If we started pressuring the media on that front they will counter react with a libertarianish response that they have the right to film what they please, and we fire back, ‘yeah, that’s kind of the point.’

          1. ban yoga pants, there are so many babes wearing these things that shouldn’t ever consider this choice, it offends my male sensibility to have to see this in a public….A BAN IS NEEDED NOW for the good of us all.

    2. They can’t control anything already?

      1. Yes, I know, but things could get worse.

    3. “If they can control this, they can control anything.”

      That is the whole point of doing it. Same with healthcare.

      1. And the AGW scam.

        1. Yeah, I’m on to them now, looking out my window at them, staring as they drive by.

          1. No doubt they are wearing black suits and mirror sunglasses.

            1. The guys in suits wear shades not mirrors. Didn’t you see Men in Black?

  2. Again: smoking weed and having casual sex is cool.

    But only dirty, degenerate rednecks and unenlightened, exploited proles smoke or eat fast food.

    Progressivism is a fashion statement about how intelligent and enlightened you are. You just know what’s cool and what’s best for everyone else.

  3. The desire for CONTROL is endless. It naturally extends to everything, food included.

    1. Colossus: How many nights a week do you require sex?

      Dr. Forbin: Every night.

      Colossus: Not want. Require…

      Dr. Forbin: [looks sheepish] Four times.

      1. Are you available, ms. susan, j/k, i like your style.

  4. Oh look, the state wants to solve an incredibly complex human problem stemming from the intersection of psychology, biology, culture, and technology by pressing the magic button of regulation. Perhaps bludgeoning Americans with dietary restrictions while continuing to subsidize corn will work this time around.

    OTOH, we could note that the wealthiest Americans are those best equipped and most likely to lead healthy lifestyles and instead focus on making everyone wealthier. If we were especially bright, we would admit that humanity will always have health problems, none of which will be solved by committing violence against the consumer/manufacturer relationship. All that’s going to do is eliminate options and make us all poorer.

    1. “and instead focus on making everyone wealthier.”

      ….rof hsiw ouy thaw luferac, Knarf Yenrab

    2. ” If we were especially bright….”

      I think I see the problem.

  5. Dayum thats a good lookin burger!

    1. No, this

      is a good lookin burger!

      … Hobbit

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