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Here come the Food Police

Britain plunges ever further into moonbattery daily, as the nanny state continues to grow more and more. The newest example of Britain's dive towards totalitarianism comes today, with their new food police program. No joke -- bureaucrats will come to British homes, tell them what size portions they are allowed to prepare, how to understand use-by dates, and tell families to cut back on waste. See, wasted food is bad for the environment.

And just ignoring the knock on the door won't completely solve the problem. They're also leaving leaflets at every single house they visit.

Home cooks will also be told what size portions to prepare, taught to understand "best before" dates and urged to make more use of their freezers.

The door-to-door campaign, which starts tomorrow, will be funded by the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP), a Government agency charged with reducing household waste.

The officials will be called "food champions". However, they were dismissed last night as "food police" by critics who called the scheme an example of "excessive government nannying".

In an initial seven-week trial, eight officials will call at 24,500 homes, dishing out advice and recipes. The officials, each of whom has received a day's training, will paid up to £8.49 an hour, with a bonus for working on Saturdays.

The pilot scheme, which will cost £30,000, could be extended nationwide if it is seen as a success. If all 25 million households in the UK were visited in the same way, 8,000 officials would be required at a cost of tens of millions of pounds.

... The project is part of WRAP's "Love Food Hate Waste" campaign, which has so far cost £4 million. The organisation says food waste has a significant environmental impact, in terms of the carbon generated to grow, transport and package items and the cost of having to dispose of them. It has calculated that stopping food waste could reduce the annual emission of carbon dioxide by 18 million tonnes - the same effect as taking one in five cars off the roads.

The "food champions", who will be employed by a private contractor, will advise householders to plan their shopping carefully so that they do not over-cater. They will explain the difference between "best before", "use by" and "sell by" dates, and will give out tips for home composting.

In addition to knocking on doors, the officials will leave a leaflet at every address they call at. The scheme will initially cover six council areas in Worcestershire and Herefordshire.

It isn't good enough for moonbats to tell use which lightbulbs we can and can't use, or what recyclables to put in which bin, or how much energy we're allowed to use. No, now British government nannies think that they need to go even another step further and police food. It just goes to show how the mind of the average liberal big government bureaucrat works. See, they have no respect for their constituents, us stupid hicks in Flyover Country. Clearly, those idiot Brits can't figure out such simple concepts as what kind of food to make and how much, so the government will swoop in to "save" them.

Of course, maybe some people really are that stupid, both in Britain and here in the United States. Because rather than voting the pompous, bloated bureaucrats out of office, for some reason people keep voting them back in, year after year. It just makes me wonder how much government oppression people will take in the name of "what's good for you" or "saving the environment" before they finally wake up and smell the roses. My guess is, by the time the British people get there, it'll be too late.

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I could see someone trying ... (Below threshold)
mag:

I could see someone trying to tell my husband how much and what to eat.
They would go flying out the window or down the stairs. Literally. Great guy until someone starts something or pushes him too far.

But you are right how much more interference will people take for the good of the world, planet, children whatever they are selling. It is all foolishness.

If we clean our plate and b... (Below threshold)
Matt:

If we clean our plate and become Obese we are wrong. If we don't clean our plate and stay non-Obese, we are Wrong. Darn'd if we do, Darn'd if we don't.

Of course if England eased up on zoning rules the excess food prepared could be fed to the family pig, goat, chickens etc. Which then could be consumed, with little ultimately going to the land-fill

Wow, the gross nanny govern... (Below threshold)
guido:

Wow, the gross nanny government intrusion aside, just think of all of the con men/robbers/rapists out there who are delighted with this golden opportunity to get inside people's homes.

I mean, when we had a recent lengthy power outage here due to an ice storm, con men posing as utility workers were out in force to try to swindle homeowners out of a few bucks, asking for "reconnect fees" for downed lines, etc. That was a natural mini disaster born swindle. This would be a government funded born swindle/assault/home invasion.....

Just tell me we can sue the nanny state when such fraud is perpetrated as a result of their short sighted do goodiness.

I'm guessing that the follo... (Below threshold)

I'm guessing that the following is written on the leaflets being left on the doors:

"If you don't eat yer meat, you can't have any pudding. How can you have any pudding if you don't eat yer meat?"

And people thought Pink Floyd just made psychedelic music.

A slight dose of reality:</... (Below threshold)
Mike:

A slight dose of reality:

Episode One - friends of ours took in a 14 year old girl from an impoverished and dysfunctional family as a foster child. The first few weeks she was with them, they were stunned by the fact that she took such a huge first helping of food that she literally stuffed herself. The reason? Good food was infrequent in her parents' household, and when it was available, she learned to eat all she could as fast as she could, because there weren't any "seconds." She also craved chips and pop and Twinkies and candy constantly, because that was the bulk of her diet at home.

Episode Two - for the past two years I have worked with Catholic Worker and the Oklahoma County Regional Food Bank distributing food to needy families. I could tell a lot of stories, but one of the problems that we run into constantly is that many poor families are headed by young mothers with little or no cooking experience. Outside of "instant food" like breakfast cereal or Hostess snacks, they have no idea how to prepare a meal -- especially with the canned meat, rice, vegetables, etc. that we provide. Many of them don't even own a can opener. Unfortunately, I have seen first-hand that cheap, fatty, sugary "instant" foods really are a staple in the diets of poor people.

I hope the program in Britain in successful; in fact, I wish we had something like it here for the people that we service through Catholic Worker. My only concern is whether or not the government is the right agency to help people with their diets. I'm also uncomfortable with any kind of "universal" diet program, because there are many of us who don't need the help. On that much I completely agree with you, Cassie.

That's the problem. "We th... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:

That's the problem. "We the people" have little or no say so about consumption any more. The bureaucrats pretty much do whatever they want, without our vote. Their method is subversive in a way that makes them appear to be looking out for us. On December 31, 2009, a law will go into effect that equivocates nutrients with toxins, called Codex Alimentarius. Unless people wake up to what the government and FDA are imposing on a global scale, within the next few years, 3 billion people will die of starvation. I kid you not. This is the goal: Depopulate the earth:

"If Codex Alimentarius is implemented in the United States of America, therapeutic dosages of vitamins and minerals (and all other nutrients soon to follow) will become unavailable because they will literally become illegal.

Here's how it would work, in a nut-shell:

Due to the junk science use of Risk Assessment (toxicology) to assess supposedly toxic nutrients, a false belief is being engineered saying that "nutritional supplements are dangerous to people's health".

Using this false belief generates calls to "protect" people from these "toxic" nutrients. After the calls come the bills to set ultra low permissible dosages (remember, nutrients are deemed "dangerous toxins" under this false belief). If enough of us and our Congressional delegates buy this nonsense, we and Congress would blindly comply with Codex Alimentarius' VMG. And blind compliance is what the industries behind Codex Alimentarius intend."

So, you see, the "food police" are doing just that. In order to make this nonsense look like it is in our best interest, they disguise their intent as a step toward nutritional guidence. First, take away nutrients by marketing junk food, then take away the real nutrients with subversive laws. The sinister core of this motivation knows no depths. The Depopulation project has been going on for years.

Mike,I've had expe... (Below threshold)
Mike:

Mike,

I've had experiences similar to yours with regards to foster children and food banks. It tears your heart out to see a child afraid of having nothing to eat tomorrow.

I serve at a food bank that my parents run as often as I can. It services mostly elderly and rural-americans so we don't run into people not knowing how to cook so much. It is often though that an older relative will be going through line making a younger relative take the beans, rice etc and telling them they'll teach them how to cook them. We are working at putting together simple recipes for distribution that can help younger people learn how to cook beans, rice, other fresh foods and staples.

eh, can't spell today, *gui... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:

eh, can't spell today, *guidance.

It is noble to want to help... (Below threshold)
mag:

It is noble to want to help people. But no one had to help me, my mother, grandmother, great-grandmother etc. to cook,w to feed their family,clean a house. Why is this generation so depending on government and organizations to show them the basics of life?

Mike,In my church ... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:

Mike,

In my church we hosted a government program for young mothers. They got a lot of free food and baby items, but only after spending a day learning how to prepare the food and care for their baby. It's this holistic approach that comes out of the experience of people like yourself who are involved with the poor and really understand what they need. Thanks for sharing your insights.

It would be funny to watch ... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

It would be funny to watch some "food champion" appear at my front door and tell my husband what size portions he should be eating. He eats like a horse and hasn't carried an ounce of fat his entire life.

I sympathize with the stori... (Below threshold)
James H:

I sympathize with the stories that Mike recounts, and it seems fair enough to me that if a person takes charitable help -- whether from a government program or a private food bank -- that person ought to be required to take brief educational classes on how to prepare inexpensive, but healthy, food.

And I think a government program that emphasizes nutrition through PSAs and educational Web sites is a great idea. Moreover, I think a USDA-sponsored Web site filled with healthy recipes would be a marvelous resource for those of us ignorant about cooking in general, let alone cooking healthily.

That said, the British program gives me shivers. A government official visiting my home without prior invitation is presumptively coercive, regardless of whether he offers "suggestions" or "requirements" regarding my diet. If my government wants to educate me about nutrition, that's fine. But the government can do so from over there, not in my home.

And you can pry my Twinkie from my cold, dead fingers.

An addendum:If the... (Below threshold)
James H:

An addendum:

If there is evidence that children are malnourished, you can certainly make a case for government intervention. After all, starving your children is child abuse.

And I certainly see a solid case for government monitoring of foster homes. After all, the government entrusts foster parents with a certain level of responsibility. It therefore follows that the government should ensure the foster parents are meeting that responsibility.

Sorry to triple post.... (Below threshold)
James H:

Sorry to triple post.

Second addendum:

Presumably, these English "food champions" will teach English cooking. Isn't there some sort of Geneva Convention that outlaws that?

Like a lot of other things ... (Below threshold)
glenn:

Like a lot of other things this latest example of dimwitted foolishness is an affectation of a prosperous society. In my grandfathers time (and I knew him well) food was precious, you didn't have the opportunity to waste any because you barely had enough to give you the energy needed to work sunup to sundown. And the wage you made barely bought enough...etc. And the gov't didn't have enough money to send someone around to instruct you in how much food to prepare, how to do it or much of anything else. And had they tried they would have landed on their a** somewhere out by the fenceline. Or maybe in the compost heap. And that would have been grandmas' doing because grandpa was working.

James H - you're exactly ri... (Below threshold)
Mike:

James H - you're exactly right. It's the unsolicited visit from government officials that is problematic. Obviously some people are in need of help, but visiting everyone (presumably in the name of "fairness") is intrusive and intimidating.

Wow, the gross nanny gov... (Below threshold)
Tim:

Wow, the gross nanny government intrusion aside, just think of all of the con men/robbers/rapists out there who are delighted with this golden opportunity to get inside people's homes.

Guido (#3), you don't have to worry. They've all received a whole day's training!

As silly as this program is... (Below threshold)
Brian:

As silly as this program is, it clearly states they will be "offering advice". Not "telling them what size portions they are allowed to prepare", "telling families to cut back on waste", or "government oppression".

But Cassy has never been one to let accuracy get in the way of a good liberal-bashing rant.

Not to be cynical or pessim... (Below threshold)
Matt:

Not to be cynical or pessimistic, and I surely hope not prophetic, but when this program fails what is next? It will fail, that is the ultimate goal.

Since we are talking deep government intervention into private lives I think they would move to restricting how much food a family of x size would be allowed to purchase a month. Their would probably be exceptions (restrictions) for varying ages of children, elderly etc to make it more palatable. Included for exceptions would probably be Govt Athletes (at certified training centers), can't impact the Olympics, of course. Initially home gardens would still be allowed, but then slowly outlawed to make things more "fair," save water, carbon etc. By the time subjects realized they are living under food rationing (for the masses, not the elite) it will be mostly to late. People that look fatter or healthier than average will be investigated, re-educated and if required relocated.

Brian:I strongly d... (Below threshold)
James H:

Brian:

I strongly disagree with this:

As silly as this program is, it clearly states they will be "offering advice". Not "telling them what size portions they are allowed to prepare", "telling families to cut back on waste", or "government oppression".

A government official's visit is coercive by itself, even without "mandates." It's a reminder that the government is watching you and taking care of you for your own good ... whether you like it or not.

It's along the same lines as police officers dropping by your house, randomly, to "remind" you not to disobey certain laws. Regardless of whether you've broken those laws, you've got an armed man with a uniform reminding you that government is watching.

Or better yet, think of it as a visit from Tony Soprano, reminding you that accidents can happen if you don't pay your insurance bill ...

A government official's ... (Below threshold)
Brian:

A government official's visit is coercive by itself, even without "mandates." It's a reminder that the government is watching you and taking care of you for your own good ... whether you like it or not.

When you are not being individually targeted (i.e., they're going door-to-door), and when you can say "no thank you" and close the door, no one is "watching you".

As the right to keep and be... (Below threshold)
OLDPUPPYMAX:

As the right to keep and bear arms does not exist there, it has been too late for Britain for quite some time.

When you are not b... (Below threshold)
James H:
When you are not being individually targeted (i.e., they're going door-to-door), and when you can say "no thank you" and close the door, no one is "watching you".

Now tell me, Brian. How many people feel they can close the door and say "no thank you" if the person knocking on the door is a government official?

Brian:"As silly as... (Below threshold)
Monty:

Brian:

"As silly as this program is, it clearly states they will be "offering advice". Not "telling them what size portions they are allowed to prepare", "telling families to cut back on waste", or "government oppression"."

It is customary in the UK, for government prodnoses to introduce "advisory" programs to chivvy us into doing whatever they want us to do. And when we ignore their nagging and preaching, they return with the announcement that..

"The voluntary option has failed, therefore legislation is being brought forward for compulsory...."

Now tell me, Brian. How ... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Now tell me, Brian. How many people feel they can close the door and say "no thank you" if the person knocking on the door is a government official?

Gee, I don't know.

Nutrition/obesity preventio... (Below threshold)
Baron Von Ottomatic:

Nutrition/obesity prevention becomes a government mandate because of socialism. If the government had no financial stake in people's health care costs there would be no incentive to monitor and manipulate behavior.

People seem willing to endure government interference with what should be personal decisions. Seat belt laws, smoking bans, sin taxes, food labeling laws, etc. are accepted for no other reason than "because we said so".

Individual liberty should be on the endangered list rather than polar bears.

"foresight to increase your... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:

"foresight to increase your taxes".

Herman, this has to be the only blog where you get away with such air-headed statements. Try to get away from cherry picking one sentence in an effort to sound clever. It just makes you sound more clueless with every comment. Or, are you the paid commenter no matter how bone-headed you sound?

People get busy. Sometimes ... (Below threshold)

People get busy. Sometimes they only have time for a 90 second microwave warmed meal. The government shouldn't really be too involved here other than mailing some educational leaflets out.




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