Not in the clamor of the crowded street, not in the shouts and plaudits of the throng, but in ourselves, are triumph and defeat.--Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
REDIRECT ALERT! (Scroll down past this mess if you're trying to read an archived post. Thanks. No, really, thanks.)
Due to my inability to control my temper and complacently accept continued silliness with not-quite-as-reliable-as-it-ought-to-be Blogger/Blogspot, your beloved Possumblog will now waddle across the Information Dirt Road and park its prehensile tail at http://possumblog.mu.nu.
This site will remain in place as a backup in case Munuvia gets hit by a bus or something, but I don't think they have as much trouble with this as some places do. ::cough::blogspot::cough:: So click here and adjust your links. I apologize for the inconvenience, but it's one of those things.
Tuesday, June 15, 2004
Who wants to make a bet?
Here's the headline for the story--Batter-Coated Fries OK'd As Vegetable--already misleading to begin with, and then the explanation on down in the text: Even though it has nothing to do with school lunches, and in fact the article states that explicitly, how long do you think it's going to be before certain people start claiming--loudly--that it's just another example of heartless conservatives trying to foist breaded spuds off onto the poor, unsuspecting children of our land, who (if their teachers had actually bothered to teach them to read the word "vegetable"), will be grievously deceived by this blatant attempt to pander to Big Tuber interests?
I predict such mindless hysteria will begin in approximately ten minutes.
UPDATE: Okay, so I was wrong. I just found this article--Calling fries fresh veggies half-baked, critics argue--was posted to the Chicago Tribune this morning at 9:40, approximately an hour before the story I linked to.
Endangering our kids?
"The french-fry rule calls to mind the USDA's attempt in 1981 to classify ketchup and pickle relish as vegetables, an idea that was dropped amid public protests."Check.
"While lumping french fries and fresh vegetables in the same sentence might horrify some nutritionists, the changes had more to do with money than healthy eating."Check.
"The implications of the change are potentially huge for the french-fry industry, which includes such food giants as J.R. Simplot, Lamb Weston and Ore-Ida."Check.
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