Archive for January, 2009

FOOD CZAR, 1-04-09

Sunday, January 4th, 2009

Consumer protection is needed in the ‘food’ arena – a ‘Food Czar’.

I don’t recall who it was that recently suggested this,  perhaps Bill Moyers when interviewing Michael Pollan.

The US is fast becoming the most obese nation on the planet along with increased incidence of diabetes, heart disease and a host of disease that accompanies obesity.

Interesting note,  in July, 2010 issue of Harper’s Index, nearly $2 Billion worth of stock is held by life and health insurance firms in US fast-food companies.  Evidently, fast food is seen by the insurance industry as a boon to their business interests and they want to be invested in it.

A Food Czar would deliberate on GM foods, food additives, imported foods, ‘fast foods’ – all the food issues that affect the lives and health of citizens.

Done right, a Food Czar could have a major effect on health, productivity, medical costs and general well being for the general population.

Michael Pollan, a food scholar, would be a good consideration for this position.

Berkeley Professor, he is the author of many books on the subject of food among which are ‘The Omnivore’s Dilemma’,   ‘The Botany of Desire’, and ‘In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto’.