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Eat your peas: The Obama USDA’s long-running crusade against “food waste”

October 7, 2016

From my latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:

The goal: to halve the number of leftover legumes on this plate by 2030


America’s most pressing problem: Leaving your peas on your plate after you’ve finished dinner.

And since this is America’s most pressing problem, America’s most responsive branch of government, the Obama administration, is doing something about it right now!

For example, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsak is hitting the hustings to lecture Americans about how they should eat all of Mom’s creamed beets, not just a few bites to be polite. Here’s PJ Media’s report on Vilsak’s Oct. 4 speech at the National Press Club:

“Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said America needs to stop wasting food, even if that means teaching people to cut back on the amount of food on their plates.

“Speaking at the National Press Club on Monday, the former Iowa governor said long-term food insecurity ‘is a challenge, because we’re going to have to increase food production — I’ve seen anywhere from 50 to 70 percent in the next 35 years — to meet a growing world population.’

“‘But the first step, and the one way the USDA can provide help and assistance to meet this need, is to expand on the — on the issue of food waste,’ Vilsack said. ‘A third of the food that we grow, raise and produce in this country is never consumed the way it was intended. It’s wasted.’

Vilsak has been harping on those uneaten mashed potatoes for some time. In October 2015 the USDA teamed up with the Environmental Protection agency to launch “the United States’ first-ever national food waste reduction goal, calling for a 50-percent reduction by 2030.”

By 2030, only half as many peas left on the plate.

Read the whole thing here.

Posted by Charlotte Allen


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One Comment
  1. Lastango permalink

    The America that wastes food and eats poorly is not that part of America where mom still makes creamed beets.

    It’s no accident that “America needs to stop wasting food, even if that means teaching people to cut back on the amount of food on their plates” sounds so much like Hillary Clinton saying “We’re going to take things away from you”. Clandestine redistribution beckons, repackaged as a greater, greenwashed good.

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