The USDA which gave us unappetizing school lunches has gone one step further. They’ve adopted Cass Sunstein’s “nudge” philosophy and plan to use talking shopping carts to ‘nudge’ Americans into selecting healthy foods in the supermarket.
Nudge now, mandate later.
An 80-page report released this month by USDA is aimed specifically at Food Stamp recipients but it will affect everyone, especially in the price of food. The report came up with loon ideas like using talking shopping carts and improved lighting in the healthy food sections of your grocery store.
The report said that Americans don’t purchase enough whole grains, dark green and orange vegetables, and legumes, and purchase too many items with excess calories from fats and added sugars. They think they have the right to ‘nudge’ us into doing what they believe is healthy.
Now that the government is in charge of our healthcare, there will be no limits to what they will do. People should be very concerned about where this is leading.
The government wants to completely re-arrange grocery stores at great expense. The government operates outside the will of the people now.
They want Food Stamp – SNAP recipients – to receive “SNAP-Ed cooking classes”.
“In this approach, the supermarket is the classroom and shoppers receive support on how to maximize their healthy choices using products retailers promote via the weekly store circular,” the report said.
SNAP people who buy healthy foods could receive points that would be turned into gifts like movie tickets and you the taxpayer can pay for it!
Scarier still is the clerks will be turned into “ambassadors” who will steer customers to healthy foods.
Michelle Obama did say she wants to impact the nature of food in grocery stores.”
Best of all is the talking shopping cart. It will be color-coded, physically divided, and have a system installed so that when the shopping cart reaches its healthy “threshold” it would congratulate the customer.
Your government thinks you’re an idiot child!
The carts would cost $30,000 per grocery store. The price of food has to necessarily skyrocket to cover the costs and it already is skyrocketing.
Supermarkets would be encouraged to create “healthy aisles,” and place foods with higher healthy ratings in “more visible retail space.” There would be standards for shelf arrangements.
This is all brought to you thanks to a million dollar study titled, “Nudging Nutrition.”
If they really cared about SNAP recipients and their food choices, all they would have to do is not allow them to use the EBT card for junk food. Right now, the card is used in casinos and strip joints. This is really about nudging all of us. They are in charge of our health now.
God help us, we’ll need it.