Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Is My Imagination Running Away With Me...?

(CNSNews.com) - Government-approved school meals as a model for the family dinner table?
Responding to concerns that students are throwing away the healthy food on their cafeteria trays, the U.S. Department of Agriculture acknowledged that adapting to the changes "may be challenging at first, as students are introduced to new flavors and foods in the cafeteria."
But the government also says parents can help school make the taste-transition easier:
"We know that many parents are already making changes at home to help the whole family eat healthier," the USDA blogged on Monday. "We recommend reviewing school menus with kids at home and working to incorporate foods that are being served at school into family meals as much as possible."
It's just a cute little human interest story.  Give it a eyeroll and shake your head while moving onto something more important and fulfilling.  But wait:

Government:  We'd like you to incorporate our menu and calorie intake into your evening meals....mmmmm kay? 
Me:    Nahhh...look I guess you really think this is a good idea, but no...sorry...not interested.

(two years go by)

Government:  We'd really like you to incorporate our menu and calorie intake into your evening meals....mmmmmmkay?
Me:  No thanks...I...
Government:  Oh I think you will, because as of today, in order to qualify for your required current universal government run healthcare, you can only secure your current lowered rate if you agree to participate in our dietary program.  That includes documentation of food purchases with a pre-approved receipt....mmmmmmmkay?
That's right...just a cute little human interest story.

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