But this just jumped off the page.
Encourage and subsidize home cooking. (Someday soon, I’ll write about my idea for a new Civilian Cooking Corps.) When people cook their own food, they make better choices. When families eat together, they’re more stable. We should provide food education for children (a new form of home ec, anyone?), cooking classes for anyone who wants them and even cooking assistance for those unable to cook for themselves.Cooking classes for anyone who wants them????? Huh? Who's going to pick up that tab? Heck, I could make the argument 250 million Americans have no clue how to cook, or at least well and in healthy fashion. So are cooking classes going to be declared a right, like ObamaCare? Cooking assistance????? What's that? Are Michelle Obama and Mike Bloomberg going to run the hiring unit there, training a fresh army of newly-minted government bureaucrats to come into homes to make sure they're properly measuring their sodium and caloric intake?
We haven't got enough economic problems in America? Now we need a Civilian Cooking Corps? This is madness.
Of course in this vision, it's all to be paid for by -- wait for it -- higher taxes!
Tax the marketing and sale of unhealthful foods. Another budget booster. This isn’t nanny-state paternalism but an accepted role of government: public health. If you support seat-belt, tobacco and alcohol laws, sewer systems and traffic lights, you should support legislation curbing the relentless marketing of soda and other foods that are hazardous to our health — including the sacred cheeseburger and fries.This isn't paternalistic? Well, such tax-raising measures have been floated often in New York (you'd think he'd know this) and have been met with stiff resistance. Of course it's all just done incrementally other ways.
Reinvest in research geared toward leading a global movement in sustainable agriculture, combining technology and tradition to create a new and meaningful Green Revolution.This guy takes himself way too seriously. He'd be a natural in the Obama administration.
I’ll expand on these issues (and more) in the future, but the essential message is this: food and everything surrounding it is a crucial matter of personal and public health, of national and global security. At stake is not only the health of humans but that of the earth.