Ag Secretary Tells Americans: You Eat Too Much, Cut Back Portions

Eight years ago, the new first lady, told Americans to watch their diet and start eating Arugula, then democrat politicians in liberal bastions across the U.S. decided to jump on the bandwagon and started telling us to drink smaller soft drinks and eat less sugar, backing up their “suggestions” with new laws. Now the Obama Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack, has decided to issue his own edicts on what you can and cannot eat. Yesterday, Vilsack said America needs to stop wasting food, even if that means teaching people to cut back on the amount of food on their plates.

Speaking at the National Press Club on Monday, the former Iowa governor said long-term food insecurity “is a challenge, because we’re going to have to increase food production — I’ve seen anywhere from 50 to 70 percent in the next 35 years — to meet a growing world population. But the first step, and the one way the USDA can provide help and assistance to meet this need, is to expand on the — on the issue of food waste. A third of the food that we grow, raise and produce in this country is never consumed the way it was intended. It’s wasted.”

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Sounding more and more like your mother did when you were five years old, he went on to say that; “It ends up oftentimes in our landfills as solid waste. In fact, in our landfills today, food waste is the single largest component of solid waste in landfills.” Vilsack declared that “first and foremost, America can stop wasting food.” “We can reduce portion sizes, we can have a more informed consuming public,” he said.

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“The USDA is providing an app that allows you to sort of go online and figure out if something’s been in the refrigerator for a couple of days, is it still OK to eat that type of thing? And if we can’t reduce it or reuse it, then we need to recycle it. So that’s one strategy that we’re working on.”

The Agriculture secretary said his department and other government agencies are working on a goal: “by the year 2030, to cut in half food waste.” As far as global food security, Vilsack emphasized the USDA is working with agencies like USAID to “train farmers from around the world to utilize more productive agricultural practices” and “eliminate food loss, not waste but loss, in these developing countries because their storage facilities are in need of significant enhancement.”

Do you really believe that telling Americans what to eat and how much of it is part of the role of government, or is this just another case of liberals sticking their noses in where it is neither wanted nor needed simply because they are government and feel they have a right to direct your lives from cradle to grave? contributed to this report.

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