Wal-Mart Endorses the Government’s Food Pyramid

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

According to the Libertarianoids, I guess I am supposed to hail this effort because it is an attempt from a private company to inform and persuade consumers. From an article on MSNBC:

Wal-Mart is unveiling a simple icon that it says will help consumers make a snap decision about whether a food is healthy, without delving into the nitty-gritty of the nutrition label.

The retailer plans to label certain foods “Great For You,” meaning it is “healthy” – an abused word that long ago lost any meaning. In fact, low-fat items will be “Great for You” while items with natural, healthy fats (such as whole milk) will not receive the same tribute. The FDA has been working on adopting similar standards for labeling food with cutesy lyrics meant to endorse the propaganda of its government food pyramid. Then comes the real kicker from the article:

Wal-Mart announced plans to develop the icon last year, as part of a heavily promoted initiative endorsed by first lady Michelle Obama as part of her push to fight obesity.

A Wal-Mart spokesperson said the company looked closely at the FDA’s developing standards to make sure they would not be in conflict with the government’s health and wellness paradigm that has made Americans fat and sick for 40+ years. Nice. Yep, free market. Thanks to James Nellis for the heads-up.

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4 Responses to Wal-Mart Endorses the Government’s Food Pyramid

  1. Bob Wallace says:

    February 9th, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    I quit listening to anything the government said about food when I was 20. I suddenly starting putting on weight out of nowhere and when I stopped with the food pyramid nonsense all of the pounds went away on their own.

  2. Wade says:

    February 9th, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    that’s what we need — fat a$$ed Michelle O’bama telling us to eat celery and tofu 5 times a week…hoohah!

  3. terrence says:

    February 9th, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    I’m from the government, and I am here to help you! Peasant, serf!

  4. liberranter says:

    February 14th, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    As is in evidence in the “People of Walmart” photos that you’ve shared on this blog in the past and that are a source of such delicious entertainment, Walmart knows which side its bread is buttered on (pun intended). Given that the majority of Walmart shoppers appear to be people addicted to carb-laden artificial “food,” the only sensible thing to do for the bottom line, from corporate headquarters’ perspective, is to echo the conventional propaganda. Of course no one would mistake Walmart for Whole Foods, so as far as corporate is concerned, no one will be any the wiser. And they clearly aren’t.

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