posted on Apr, 9 2012 @ 02:26 PM
reply to post by miniatus
I see SOME diet regulation as necessary for our society.
I know that Libertarians are going to say this is a heresy but PLEASE think about it. We have seat belt laws -- and sure, you are forcing someone to
put on a seat belt. But that seat belt does NOT hinder their free expression, or ability to enjoy life. The health benefits and costs reductions for
all of society are demonstrable.
WE can be SMART about this; we just need more healthy food AVAILABLE -- and perhaps we can start paying for SOME TAXES by taking them off income and
perhaps adding them to sugary and processed foods. Society has to pay for the uninsured and emergency room visits. Diabetes is costly. So why not make
bad food cost a bit more?
You can have delicious french fries WITHOUT the triglycerides -- it just means a tiny bit less profit for the French Fry providers. It MIGHT mean a
few pennies more on those fries -- or the company could take less profit. In the end -- it will make a HUGE difference on people who have no self
Restaurants COULD be serving Sweet Potato fries -- and doing a boat load of good for people. If we treat bad food like "carbon credits" then maybe
you would see more healthy alternatives.
>> Letting everyone lower the bar seems without restriction, seems to have given us an overweight population with epidemic levels of Diabetes. We
could also start standing at our computers instead of sitting -- and MAYBE tax incentives might spur that change as well.
We should at LEAST debate this with an open mind. We might for instance, say "in general, customers need to be healthier" and let the business
decide how that is accomplished. Or we could say; "The Glycemic index needs to be less than X or we tax it as a dessert." WE could SHIFT the taxes
people pay at restaurants to have NONE on salads, and most of them on the Dessert. NO NEW Taxes -- just a different "portion".