Blumenthal advances the nanny state

US-POLITICS-GUN VIOLENCE

When I served in the jungles of Viet Nam we had to eats snakes and cockroaches to survive; is it too much to ask my fellow Americans to eat rotten fruit and mustard greens?

Our busy-body prima donna introduces the “Eat your vegetables” bill.

“Food is the single largest contributor to landfills today, and the sad truth is much of this food is tossed when it is perfectly good to eat and safe to consume,” Blumenthal said in a prepared statement. “Whether it is because a grocery store considers its produce ugly, a restaurant’s serving sizes are too large [this is ripe for new regulations dictating portion size, a la Bloomberg’s soda law], or a consumer was confused by its date label, this wasted food damages our environment and our pocketbooks.”

 The Food Recovery Act would:

Standardize confusing food date labels.

Encourage cafeterias to buy lower-price “ugly” fruits and vegetables, and educate students about food waste and recovery.

Create an Office of Food Recovery to coordinate federal efforts, and to require companies that contract with the federal government to donate surplus food to food banks and soup kitchens.

Encourage composting.

Direct the USDA to develop new technologies to increase the shelf life of fresh food, and establish a standard for how to estimate the amount of wasted food at the farm level.

Where to start? Every one of these “common sense regulations” will drive up the cost of food and increase tax payers’ burden, but how about the new “Office of Food Recovery”? That sounds like a rich new sinecure (sorry, EOS) to award hard working campaign staffers – you know, the people who stick up yard signs around town during election season but otherwise sit idle during the rest of the year?   Get them off the senator’s payroll and onto the backs of taxpayers.

Directing cafeterias to purchase and serve unpopular, ugly-looking fruits and vegetables? How’d this sort of thing fare with MichelleO’Lunches? More waste, more expense buying foods people won’t eat. Plus, of course, another federally mandated curriculum item for the schools, lessons on “food waste and ‘recovery’ “.

“Encourage composting”? Who sets up and runs the program, which requires fleets of trucks, with attached high-pressure wash hoses, to clean containers pick up the food at commercial establishments and produces new breeding grounds for bugs and vermin in residences? Are cities really so flush these days that they can afford this?

I’d go on, but readers are complaining that my posts are getting too long. There’s nothing to like about this half-baked idea.

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  1. Maître d'Oyer et Terminer

    It’s,hard enough to compost on one’s own property without attracting raccoons and skunks. I’d do it myself but it is a stinky nuisance if you don’t have at least 5 acres to play with.

  2. Martha

    I can tell a tale of woe about composting. Where my mother in law lives in Sweden, it is required. You are forced to purchase special, specific brown paper bags, about the size of a lunch bag, but maybe a little thicker. Definitely not as thick as a trader joes bag, though. Then, it stinks under your sink until it is full, but don’t overfill or under fill, or seal it in the wrong way. The only acceptable way is to use compost able scotch tape! If it’s overfilled (um, only happens when I am there, cooking😳) the trash guy will report you and you risk outrageous fines ($1000++) and public shaming in the newspaper. She has so many sort separation rules and regulations it is absurd. She spends so much time worrying about the trash it’s crazy. Granted, she is a worrying type, but she shouldn’t have to live out her final years obsessing about the trash.

    End rant. Happy Fourth!🇺🇸

  3. Cos Cobber

    This is formula for a veritable hell. These people are all communists at heart.

  4. Walt

    Dude –

    There is no such thing as a “to long” or “to short” for a post. Are you long winded and verbose? YES!! Often dull and boring? CERTAINLY!! But we expect that. So it is all about managing expectations. Hemingway you ain’t. So you have managed our expectations to EXPECT inane drivel, unecessissarillyy wordiness, and wordy, pablum pucking prose. SO POST AWAY I SAY!! Just be yourself. We expect nothing from you. Dare I say, your inane, wordy suckiness MAY BE YOUR STRENGTH!!

    Anyhows. ALONG THOSE LINES!! This is just Dick being a dick. Why should we expect anything more? We elected a dick, and we are surprised when we get dicked? WHY? We are getting dicked just like we deserve. BECAUSE WE ELECTED A DICK!! That’s just common sense, I say.

    What time today? I am bringing the Nathan’s franks, the only real true hot dog, watermelon, and fried chicken. Pick a listing with a pool. And a hot tub.

    Your Pal,
    Walt

  5. burningmadolf

    What a POS.
    He can’t even get this bullshit right! The morons that encourage the garbage policing will go nuts over his push for better tech in increasing shelf life.
    But thank god he took out Ho Chi Minh.

    • AND captained the Harvard Varsity Swim Team! Oh wait, I uncovered that fraud – he swam for his dorm’s intramural team – and he had to remove it from his bio. Proudest moment in my history of blogging.

  6. Anonymous

    Actually, this guy is so far out of touch, he doesn’t realize that the market has already created solutions to this. For instance, I just visited a plant that processes and packages snack foods. They dispose of product that doesn’t meet their specification because of characteristics such as color, etc. That “disposal” is then sold in bulk to others, who then use it as an input in other food. That is true of any food processor, or for that matter, and manufacturing plant or business. Those with business sense first try to sell their unwanted byproducts and waste before disposing of it. For instance, the vast majority of used steel is recycled, rather than scrapped in a landfill. That is true for most metals (unless contaminated, by for instance, radiation).

    If the “ugly” food has a value, the market can and does find a purchaser. For instance, ugly apples can be made into applesauce, apple pie, apple cider, apple juice, etc. Restaurants and cafeterias are already incented to buy the “uglies” if they can get lower pricing on lower quality fruits and vegetables.

    Let’s hope that Dick has checked in with the Senate cafeteria as well as the Senator Dining Room to ask them to switch to buying only the uglies.

    Part of the food waste issue is that a large range of buyers of food cannot accept and use food that has passed its expiration date. Also, those who donate food to soup kitchens, etc., fear liability risk if their donated food results in some illness, etc. The supply chain is so complex and extensive, the guy is clearly out-of-touch to think he can improve it w/ legislation.

    In terms of composting, we’ve been doing it for years with no issues of smell or interference from critters. One has to be judicious in choosing what goes in, and what is excluded, but that is very straightforward, and we have the very significant benefit of very clean mulch, rather than the dirty mulch we have gotten from various local mulch suppliers. I know many others who do it successfully as well, but I certainly wouldn’t force it on others. In the spirit of his proposed legislation, I think the Senator should volunteer to turn his Clapboard Ridge Rd home into that should be the center for all composting activity in Greenwich.

    • burningmadolf

      “One has to be judicious in choosing what goes in”
      When it comes to morons like Dick, you won’t have a say.

  7. Ah Chris, ye of little faith, of very little faith, that I wouldn’t know the word sinecure. Tsk-tsk. 🙂

    • You know I was teasing, my darling

      • I know, I know.
        XXOO
        Happy Fourth. Hey, we never got to know what your family did with all the strawberries Kat picked for Nancy’s birthday. And speaking of berries, is Maine’s blueberry crop good this year? Ours is practically non-existent.

  8. dickblu

    I ask you, does Hugo Chavez ever get the credit for solving the composting problem in Venezuela?

  9. The Box in "Byram"

    Somehow I can’t quite picture him being served bruised tomatoes or taking out the composting. Himes maybe, but not him. Like most of the things he spouts, I’m thinking the way he sees it these rules do not apply to him.