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The Assault on Food

Blandernr1001 Wrote: Apr 25, 2012 3:37 PM
There would almost certainly be an Underwriters Laboratory (UL - that certifies the safety of electrical devices) equivalent in the food business if the government had no FDA or other all the other alphabet soup of regualtory agencies. The good thing about such a private certifiying agency is that their reputation hinges on the relibility of their information...thus they are far less given to being bribed into giving certifications. Contrast that with the matter what bad calls they make...nobody is going to shut odwn or even threaten to shut down the FDA...thus at the end of the day the FDA is unaccountable.

Instinct tells us to fear poison. If our ancestors were not cautious about what they put in their mouths, they would not have survived long enough to produce us.

Unfortunately, a side effect of that cautious impulse is that whenever someone claims that some chemical -- or food ingredient, like fat -- is a menace, we are primed to believe it. That makes it easy for government to leap in and play the role of protector.

But for every study that says X is bad for you, another study disagrees. How is a layman to decide? I used to take consumer...