What a Brave New World this is. And I do mean the book. At this rate we’re only a decade away from having food inspectors visit your home.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is suggesting major changes to grocery stores to “nudge” Americans to purchase healthier foods when they shop.
Because obviously if they’re not eating the way they’re supposed to, it’s because they haven’t been properly programmed.
The agency commissioned an “expert panel” to make recommendations on how to guide the more than 47 million Americans on food stamps into spending their benefits on fruits and vegetables.
The USDA could just force them to do it, but that’s not condescending enough.
“In this approach, the supermarket is the classroom and shoppers receive support on how to maximize their healthy choices using products retailers promote via the weekly store circular,” the report said.
Under liberalism, everything is meant to be a classroom. But that’s what happens when you have a nanny state run by academics. This will…
A. Cost people who pay for their food more money as the supermarket passes the regulatory burden to them
B. Create more liberal consulting jobs
C. Accomplish nothing
Another idea included a point-based system where food stamp recipients could receive movie tickets in exchange for healthy food purchases.
Great idea. We’re giving them free food. Let’s also give them free movie tickets. Working Americans have too much money anyway.
Grocery store staff could also be used as “ambassadors” for the USDA’s agenda.
We’re talking about people getting paid minimum wage to stock shelves. Now they’re supposed to tell you to eat healthy?
The “MyCart grocery cart” would provide dividers for shoppers to make sure they are selecting enough items in each “MyPlate” category, the USDA’s food icon.The cart would be color-coded, physically divided, and have a system installed so that when the shopping cart reaches its healthy “threshold” it would congratulate the customer.The report estimated that implementing the new carts would cost roughly $30,000 for every store. The change would be costly. For instance, Safeway, Inc. would need to spend $40.05 million to introduce the carts at its 1,335 stores in the U.S.
And yes you would end up paying for these $30K shopping carts which would survive about a month before breaking down. But we would finally all be living in Idiocracy at last.
Next step, talking fridges, talking microwaves and surveillance cameras in your kitchens. Just little nudges from the totalitarian nanny state.
Thank You Mr Greenfield and Front Page Mag.
And this would be Which USDA?
Department of Agriculture Orders Submachine Guns With 30 Round Magazines, UPDATE, Also Seeks Body Armor
The firepower seems a bit excessive, no?
A May 7th solicitation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture seeks “the commercial acquisition of submachine guns [in] .40 Cal. S&W.”According to the solicitation, the Dept. of Agriculture wants the guns to have an “ambidextrous safety, semiautomatic or 2 round [bursts] trigger group, Tritium night sights front and rear, rails for attachment of flashlight (front under fore group) and scope (top rear), stock collapsible or folding,” and a “30 rd. capacity” magazine.They also want the submachine guns to have a “sling,” be “lightweight,” and have an “oversized trigger guard for gloved operation.”
Update: Which begs the obvious question, why do we need body armor-wearing, machine gun-wielding Department of Agriculture agents?
A May 7th solicitation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture seeks “the commercial acquisition of ballistic vests, compliant with NIJ 0101.06 for Level IIIA Ballistic Resistance of body armor.”According to the solicitation, “The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of Inspector General,” seeks “Body Armor [that] is gender specific, lightweight, [having] trauma plate/pad (hard or soft), [and] concealable carrier.” The order includes “tactical vest, undergarment (white), identification patches, accessories (6 pouches), body armor carry bag, and professional measurements.”
Thank You Zip and Breitbart.
You never know. Somebody might try to disable the food police speaker on one of those $30K Smart Carts, or perhaps even reprogram it to send the Food Stampers over to Micky D's.
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