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Food guide efforts are a waste

Michelle Obama greets Surgeon General Regina M. Benjamin as they introduce the MyPlate initiative. Michelle Obama greets Surgeon General Regina M. Benjamin as they introduce the MyPlate initiative. (Susan Walsh/Associated Press)
June 6, 2011

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I’M NOT necessarily opposed to the new food “plate’’; I just don’t see it being a whole lot different from the food pyramid (“US serves new ‘plate’ of food choices,’’ Page A2, June 3). Federal campaigns meant to educate the public on what and how to eat have essentially failed.

In the past 10 years, the government has redesigned this guide three times while the content has generally remained the same. I wonder if the funds used to design and distribute the new “MyPlate’’ would be better employed addressing the following: our current food subsidies on corn, lowering prices for fruits and vegetables, subsidizing farmers that bring food to farmers’ markets, adding taxes to soda and other unhealthy foods, reconstructing the tax code to encourage companies to manufacture healthy foods and punish those that don’t, mandating warnings on deleterious foods as with cigarettes, etc.

When Americans are getting fatter and education outreaches have failed, it behooves the country to redirect efforts to stem the rising tide of obesity in this nation.

Jamie Merrill
Boston