Posted by: bridget | 7 December 2006

More on NY Trans Fat Ban

Does it do any good? Digging through the NY Times archives, the pachyderm stumbled upon this article from February ’06.  Apparently, intensive intervention in elementary schools (eliminating soda, increasing physical education, required nutrition courses) has almost no effect on the weight of the children.  Of course, this begs the question: why have more government intervention if the ends are not even achieved by the intrusion?  As New York city (and other metropoli) become the Soup Nazis of the anti-obesity movement, one can only hope that the legislation will be effectual, not merely an impedement to business and commerce.

Americans atheistic on frankenfood: The Washington Post reported that a recent survey by the Pew Initiative found that Americans are less concerned about genetically-modified food than in 2001.  27% of Americans support the marketing of genetically modified foods (unchanged since ’01), while 46% oppose the marketing thereof (down from 56% in ’01).  41% of Americans would like to see more stringent regulation of genetically-modified foods.

Of course, in light of the New York trans fat ban, various foie gras bans, and the proposed Chicago regulation, the big question is where this will end.  Will public outcries push the government to scamper along after scientists, regulating and restricting each permutation of agriculture and science after decades of use?  Instead of a mish-mash of various regulations, the pachyderm suggests that the government limit itself to requiring that the agriculture and restaurant industries inform consumers as to what is in their food.

Federalism: The only thing that the pachyderm is not complaining about is that New York City at least has the sense to not try to impose their various anti-goose and anti-hydrogenated oil bans on the rest of the country by making this a national issue.



  1. […] A comparison is meaningless unless there is something to compare against.  “[N]o evidence that the programs delayed the start of sexual activity” is compared against what?  contraceptive education?  What that stat really tells us that high school health programmes do not change the behaviour of teenagers.  This should not be surprising: school programmes intended to combat obesity do not have long-term effects, either. […]

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