Exposing the tyranny of the food fascists

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Like backseat drivers and pebbles in our shoes, the “food police” are annoying. They’re know-it all ninnies who nag us about what we should or shouldn’t be eating. Even worse, they are eager to have the government batter us into compliance. Subsidize veggies. Ban large sodas. Re-engineer school lunches. Stop biotechnology. Promote organic. Tax fat.

An example of the rationale for such interventions was a recent op-ed, “Three Cheers for the Nanny State,” by Sarah Conly, which lauded the sort of governmental over-protectiveness and gratuitous intrusion into our lives that define the “nanny state.”

A worthy antidote to the Sarah Conlys of the world is The Food Police, a new book by agricultural economist Jayson Lusk. In it, Lusk exposes the sophistry of current food movements that seek a return to a romantic but imaginary view of “nature.”

View the full story here: Exposing The Tyranny of The Food Fascists

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