Thursday, September 9, 2010

It's All About The Control

Today's nanny-state story on nutrition and health comes from Iowa, "Big Brother in Iowa? School District Monitors Kids' Lunch Choices":
An Iowa school district's lunch program asks children as young as 5 years old to memorize a four-digit PIN code so it can monitor what they eat in the school cafeteria -- prompting some parents to claim it's an unhealthy case of "Big Brother."

The Ankeny Community School District is maintaining a database that records what the kids buy to eat and then checks their food choices against national nutrition guidelines.

The program is intended to provide the children with more food options while ensuring compliance with new and stricter state-mandated nutrition requirements. But some parents are worried that the program infringes on people's freedoms...
Just as the government wants to monitor doctors to see if they follow proper "guidelines", some people want to ensure all children eat according to government guidelines.

It's not about keeping people healthy, it's about controlling people.