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The Assault on Food

Perapiteticus Wrote: Apr 25, 2012 11:38 AM
Indeed, Mr. Stossel. The irony is that for all the fascist labels thrown at the right, garbage "force" like this is the quintessence of fascist . Case in point: FDR's "leviathan" leap of government intrusion in the New Deal was as fascist as it gets - as Jonah Goldberg's Liberal Fascism well documents.

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...