Sunday, November 7, 2010

Real Cheesy

Upper right headline in today's NYTimes" While Warning About Fat, U.S. Pushes Cheese Sales Agriculture Department plays Conflicting Roles as Marketer and Nutrition Adviser I think the wording of this headline gives us a clue where my favorite paper stands on the situation. While Michelle Obama is on a campaign to help Americans becomes less obese, and health officials everywhere tell us that obesity is the costliest preventable health risk, the government itself in the form of an organization called Dairy Management has funded Domino's pizza's latest ad for a cheesier pizza [one slice has 2/3s a daily maximum recommended fat content and they seem to be shy about telling us the calorie count. Is there something askew with this pictures?

Yes, dairy farmers need to sell their products but somehow I doubt they are the ones profiting from pushing Domino's [or any other] pizza, it seems there are too many grabby hands of middlemen in between. With people the world over starving every day, and a portion of them actually in the U.S., why is the government helping those who buy pizza contribute to their weight, their likelihood of having diabetes, their potentially clogged arteries? Is this how government is supposed to help the people it serves? We rave about the cost of healthcare while making people sicker and sicker.
No doubt those pizzas taste great, I'm feeling a little mouth-water-y thinking about them. But ...

5 comments:

FOLKWAYS NOTEBOOK said...

June, You are right when you say, in so many words, that we talk out of both sides of our mouths. We push for healthy bodies yet advocate for unhealthy food like fast food cheese. Cheese, per se, is not unhealthy only when it is filled with additives and chowed down at an unhealthy pace. -- barbara

June Calender said...

I agree, Barbara, cheese is wonderful food, like all foods, in reasonable quantity -- so is pizza. And thank you for the Monsanto widget. I'm currently too "het up" about them, having seen a documetnary, to write coherently.

DANA said...

Hi June! I was your swap-bot partner once and you left a comment on my blog, I just got around to stopping by, and I love it, but I do not see a follow option! HELP! I want to read more ;) Please let me know! http://danajeanward.blogspot.com

June Calender said...

Dana, thanks. I'm a little bit unaware about a lot of computer-ish things. I'm happy you'd like to follow and I'll see why that option is missing here -- I know I have it on my other blog, Calenderpages. Must be some click I didn't click.

DANA said...

I figured it out! It is at the bottom! You should move it to the sidebar I bet you will have people join a lot more, if they see the option out there!