What we need is more regulation, because without proper federal oversight we make all the wrong choices: spend our money indiscriminately, use too much energy, pollute the planet, eat the wrong things and generally misbehave. Basically, we are what’s wrong with this country.
And how is all this misbehavior measured? Well, by “independent nonpartisan studies.”
A recent study looked into food expiration dates. The study of food expiration dates was conducted by Harvard Law School. Law school? Yes, they have a food law and policy clinic. Of course they do. It was done in conjunction with the partisan-free Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). They are an environmental “action” group, and we all know “action” is good.
Glossary of terms: When you see the word “action” describing an organization, 9 times out of 10 it is liberal. Just a little tip.
Anyway, the study found that 90% of Americans prematurely tossed out food because they don’t properly understand the “use by” or expiration date.
The study also cited that 40% of all food is wasted for the same reason. That figure was confirmed by the Department of Agriculture (naturally).
They claim that the “sell by,” “use by,” and “best before” labels simply confuse people. To this, the report found, “It is time for a well intended but wildly ineffective food date labeling system to get a makeover.”
The lead author of the study Emily Broad Leib said, “The dates are undefined in law and have nothing to do with food safety.”
Leib continued by saying, “we are pushing for a coherent reliable and consistent system for consumers … to standardize across products and across dates.” Maybe she should’ve said we are nudging.
This is what we need – another federal government regulated “national standard,” like say, Common Core to fix our nation’s educational woes.
And who will determine the standards? I vote for that culinary expert Michelle Obama.
Seriously, here’s what will happen if (I mean when) these “national standards” are implemented.
A bunch of nameless, faceless bureaucratic “experts” will set the standards. Companies will be asked to voluntarily comply at first (nudge). A disincentive or some penalty will be levied against those who don’t or likewise some governmental incentive (a bribe) for those who do (shove).
Once everyone falls into line, the inevitable will occur.
One or many citizens will become ill due to some misinterpretation of the new national standard “use by” date. Slip and fall attorneys will slither out of their holes and a class-action suit will be filed against one or several poor unsuspecting food manufacturer(s).
Their defense will be that they followed the government guidelines, but to no avail. The government will accept no culpability whatsoever.
Don’t believe me? It’s happening right here in New Hampshire. Long ago, the feds decided that gasoline was polluting the air and demanded something be done about it. With the “blessing” of the Feds, MTBE was added to gasoline to reduce air pollution.
Well, it turns out MTBE pollutes the water.
Now oil companies are being sued and forced to pay millions in cleanup costs, all for following the federal mandate.
The courts evidently don’t care for “the government made us do it” defense. They should, but they don’t and they won’t when a food manufacturer tries it.
Welcome to regulation nation.