Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Moonbats Invade The Farm

That paragon of healthy living, Moochelle the Munificent...

 ...expounded on her role as the head of the DC Food Police over the weekend. When "children can't find healthy food to eat" as she claimed, you would think that Americans who hold events such as a "Farm to Table" event would be applauded by this regime and their bureaucratic thugs.
You would be wrong. The power that they wield over your everyday activities is more precious to the left than ANY other policy matter.

Her Majesty of the Rear

Visiting an organic farm in Hawaii on Saturday, First Lady Michelle Obama said that “arugula and steak” was her “favorite” meal and expressed her view that American children need to “get their palates adjusted” so they will begin eating properly.

Mrs. Obama also said that children in “underserved communities” become obese because they “aren’t growing up with vegetables because there are no grocery stores.”...CNS News

'And our view is that if we teach young people early about how to eat, and we give them a connection to the food that they eat, that they're more excited and interesting, and interested, in what's going on, and that in turn opens up a broader conversation about nutrition and health and movement - but also deeper issues of access and affordability, which are some of the primary causes of obesity...Daily Mail

Meanwhile, back on the farm...

 Quail Hollow Farm in Overton, Nevada had — or tried to have, anyway — a “farm-to-table” dinner last month. This is when a chef takes vegetables and freshly butchered meats and serves them up right there at the farm to fancy food types — “locavores” — who like their food really fresh. Sounds pretty great, right?

Well, someone at the Southern Nevada Health District saw an ad for the event and decided to get on the case.

The health department called farm owners Laura and Monte Bledsoe and said they’d need a special-use permit because it was a “public” event. They complied, or tried to at least.

The night of the event, the guests arrived at the farm, and so did the food inspector. Here were the issues, according to Laura Bledsoe: Some prepared food packages had no labels; some of the meat was not USDA certified; some food was prepared in advance off-site and not up to proper temperature; vegetables were declared unfit; and there were no receipts for food.

(Um, do you not get the whole farm-to-table thing?)

The Bledsoes asked the inspector if they could make the meal a private event, thereby eliminating the health department’s jurisdiction. A church, for instance, can have a pancake breakfast for its congregants, without health department oversight. And for locavores, this meal was to be something like a religious experience.


In the end, the health inspector demanded that bleach be poured on the food, including vegetables, to ensure it was not consumed. Bleach really ruins a meal, I gotta tell you.

Of course, the health department and its 50 inspectors do good work in a very challenging environment that includes more than 17,000 permitted food establishments in Clark County. Our own food critic John Curtas said, “I think they do a great job. They have a huge responsibility. If one buffet, one restaurant has an outbreak of food poisoning, and it gets to be national news, think of the impact on our economy.”

Bledsoe said she understands the need for reasonable regulations to protect the public, but added that it seemed the health department was obsessed with shutting down the event. “There seemed to be no solution other than destroy food and destroy everything that had been done,” she said....Read More


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