Blame Upton Sinclair.
You may want to blame Michael Bloomberg or Barack Obama for the current binge of food nannyism, but Sinclair really got the ball rolling.
His novel, The Jungle, was one of the most influential books in American history. It scared hordes of Americans into relying on the federal government to protect them from bad food, meat in particular.
But the book was a failure, on several counts.
First, it wasnt a very good novel — but it didnt need to be. Neither did Dracula nor Naked Came the Stranger. What...