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Good news, America! Our kids have a new Food Czar!

Good news, America! Our kids have a new Food Czar!

“Food Justice Warrior” wants “transformation of the current food system”.

When the spread of Ebola in this country was of paramount concern, President Obama hired an “Ebola Czar.”

Now, as more and more school districts are giving Michelle Obama’s signature school lunch program a double F minus, she has tapped a new “Food Czar”.

First lady Michelle Obama on Thursday announced the new White House senior policy adviser for nutrition policy and director of the “Let’s Move!” campaign, a driving force behind controversial changes to school lunches.

Debra Eschmeyer, who founded the FoodCorps service program designed to teach cafeteria workers about nutrition, will fill the role vacated by Sam Kass.

Even better news! Eschmeyer is a self-avowed Food Justice Warrior!

First Lady Michelle Obama named the new Executive Director of Let’s Move on Thursday, Debra Eschmeyer, a self-described “food justice” activist who believes that all aspects of food production and consumption should be “shared fairly.”

Eschmeyer, who grew up on a dairy farm in Ohio and is now an organic vegetable farmer, previously campaigned for “school lunch reform” and has been involved in anti-obesity and school gardening initiatives.

Eschmeyer was asked in an interview in May 2011 what her definition of “food justice” is.

“I was an editor of ‘Food Justice’ (the new book by Robert Gottlieb and Anupama Joshi) so I spent several years thinking about the definition,” she said. “Food justice seeks to ensure that the benefits and risks of where, what, and how food is grown, produced, transported, distributed, accessed, and eaten are shared fairly.”

“It represents a transformation of the current food system, including but not limited to eliminating disparities and inequities,” Eschmeyer added.

If you think Eschmeyer’s vision is unappetizing, a look at message of Food Justice should make you downright queasy:

A food justice framework ensures that the benefits and risks of how food is grown and processed, transported, distributed, and consumed are shared equitably. Gottlieb and Joshi recount the history of food injustices and describe current efforts to change the system, including community gardens and farmer training in Holyoke, Massachusetts, youth empowerment through the Rethinkers in New Orleans, farm-to-school programs across the country, and the Los Angeles school system’s elimination of sugary soft drinks from its cafeterias.

Eschmeyer is a contributor at Huffington Post, where she explains her “Full School Food Equation.”

Every child deserves a lunch that is healthy, that tastes good, and that he or she is eager to eat. But these preferences aren’t just inborn; they’re shaped by the environment in which our children are raised. The typical elementary student receives 3.4 hours of nutrition education in a year of schooling. When those same kids go home, they watch an average of ten food-related ads each day, nearly all of them promoting products that are high in fat, sugar or sodium.

The reality is that if we want kids to be excited to find something healthier than fast food in their school cafeteria, we have to do more than change what’s on the lunch tray.

Merely swapping out kid favorites like chicken fingers and French fries for healthier calories isn’t enough. To help children develop a positive attitude toward healthy food, we need to think more like marketers. We need to engage kids in growing a tomato, chopping peppers for salsa, and learning to try new foods and love them (even the green ones). Working with farmers, chefs, teachers, parents and professionals on the lunch line, we need to address the entire school food environment, and transform the cafeteria into a place where healthy choices aren’t just served, but celebrated, too.

Eschmeyer also is keen on legislation that would make the funding of her vision mandatory, including aspects of implementation that cater to global warming hysteria.  In fact, global warming isn’t the only snake-oil science that Eschmeyer embraces, as Elizabeth Harrington of Washington Free Beacon notes:

…Eschmeyer was influenced by Silent Spring, the controversial environmentalist book by Rachel Carson responsible for banning DDT.

Silent Spring, along with other books including Fat Land, made Eschmeyer combine her focus to “culture, health, environment, agriculture, and policy,” she said.

Yet, Eschmeyer says she “is not ideological.”

Within a week of Michelle Obama’s lunch program being served-up at his elementary school, my son asked that I begin making his lunch. His exact words: “The food isn’t tasty anymore.”

I suspect that Eschmeyer will turn a deaf ear to complaints about “food tasting like vomit” in her naive belief that better marketing will make the meals taste better.  It looks like as far as she is concerned, the science is settled.

Here is a glimpse of Eschmeyer taking the “ice bucket challenge.”

Sounds like the White House has just dumped a lot of cold water on the hopes of schoolchildren everywhere that their lunches will soon be something they actually want to consume. Better luck in 2017 kids!

And, perhaps via executive order, the President will assign his own “Food Czar” as part of Obamacare implementation vision? That is a stomach-churning thought, indeed.


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What is an inorganic vegetable?

    TrooperJohnSmith in reply to Anchovy. | January 14, 2015 at 11:24 am

    The Beatles sand about it: Glass Onion.

    light bulb

    Radegunda in reply to Anchovy. | January 14, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    One that’s made of “chemicals,” of course.

    memomachine in reply to Anchovy. | January 14, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    The most infuriating thing is that as a farmer she should know better. The world was based on “organic” farming for thousands of years up until about a century ago. And it’s only been a few *decades* that the world has had a reasonably stable food supply. Which makes the whole concept idiotic at best.

    Additionally there is no evidence that “organic” farming has any beneficial effect on the food that is grown that way as opposed to industrial farming techniques. A lot of it is smoke, mirrors and BS. A case in point is that organic farming requires the use of organic fertilizers which is essentially manure and often times sterilized human waste. How thoroughly sterilized the waste is can be a problem and E. Coli outbreaks can be the result of that.

    The list goes on and on. It’s ridiculous.

      jacksonjay in reply to memomachine. | January 14, 2015 at 1:21 pm

      You are so right! So often, e. coli outbreaks are traced backed to organic operations. I am dedicated to the belief that if preservatives keep food fresh longer, then they will probably keep ME fresh longer. If pesticides kill pests in foods, well then ….!

        Midwest Rhino in reply to jacksonjay. | January 14, 2015 at 2:03 pm

        Salt will kill slugs, but for humans it is essential.

        That’s part of my short generic rap explaining to folks why pesticides can be very safe, and many are even labeled “organic”. Most of what I spray is safe even in concentrated forms, except some concentrates are maybe more acidic than I’d care to handle.

        Most of what science has come up with now is not “poisonous” to humans. Those organic folks will try to claim there is some unknown effect, but are generally blowing smoke, to enhance their “organic” label.

      stevewhitemd in reply to memomachine. | January 14, 2015 at 1:45 pm

      Great point memo.

      Up to about a century and a half ago we had organic transportation — horses, oxen and mules. That led to quite a few inequalities in food transport. Now we have evil trains, semi-trucks and delivery vans, so that know you can get vegetables in winter brought to you from sunny lands. Quelle inequalite.

      Up to about a century ago we had completely organic fertilizer — manure. We still have manure but we also now have plenty of nitrogen-based fertilizer that have led to a boom in food production. Quelle inequalite.

      Up to about a century ago we have completely organic pest control — none. Now we have pesticides and insecticides to hold back those pesky locusts, weevils and bores. That means we have more food. Quelle inequalite.

      Up to a century and a half ago we had small-time food distributers. They worked out of storefronts and carts. Now we have efficient food distribution, and even if you live in a food ‘desert’ (progressive stupidity on display again) you can take a short drive and get to high quality food — or Doritos, whichever you prefer. Quelle inequalite.

      I could go on. But it does seem like Ms. Eschmeyer and her boss, Mooch the Klingon, don’t know what the hell farming and food distribution was like a century back. If however they were to visit Somalia they could get a quick remedial education.

      NC Mountain Girl in reply to memomachine. | January 14, 2015 at 3:29 pm

      Farmers do know better- some hobby farmers excluded. They have embraced organic food due to the economics. The educated urban elite eagerly pay a huge premium for locally grown organic veggies, free range poultry and eggs, pork from heritage breeds and grass fed beef. They will also pay farmers for the privilege of having the family learning how to do farm work as a vacation or to indoctrinate their children about food production. This has kept many small farms in operation.

        Spiny Norman in reply to NC Mountain Girl. | January 15, 2015 at 2:50 pm

        This has kept many small farms in operation.

        As far as I can see, that is the only real, quantifiable benefit of the organic food industry. Hopefully, the left-wing urban elites will continue to support it.

      NC Mountain Girl in reply to memomachine. | January 14, 2015 at 3:56 pm

      Organic animal husbandry can mean forsaking effective treatments for less effective ones. Antibiotics can’t be used, mor can many effective treatments for parasites, if the farmer wants to keep his organic certification. In theory the more natural condition in which the animals are raised are supposed to make parasites and infectious disease less of an issue. It doesn’t always work out that way.

      I wonder how much the set of the proponents of organically grown meat and dairy overlap with the anti-vaccination crowd? Both want to turn back the clock on medical practices.

    gregjgrose in reply to Anchovy. | January 14, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    A one-carrot diamond?

“….the history of food injustices…”

This is a very real problem.

Just last night, I opened the crisper to find a couple of turnips molesting some delicate asparagus in a manner that does not bear recounting…

What in the name of God is “Food Justice?” What’s next, collective farms?

Income redistribution in drag. Is she also a crypto-commie vegan dyke?

Guess MO felt we didn’t have enough raging leftists in the government.

There are no laws in the natural world that progressives, in their new age of enlightenment, cannot change by simple edict.

From the instinct of self preservation/survival,to abnormal sexual practices, to how food actually tastes-

All they need is the political power to issue such edicts.

Thinking once they obtain that power, they’ll use it to…oh, I don’t know–have a vote on the state of Earth’s atmosphere?

She doesn’t have an article in Wikipedia.

Does anyone know where the funding is coming from to fund the entire “Let’s Move” undertaking? Was it stuck in some obscure (or, perhaps, not obscure) bill somewhere? I’m just curious. Is it an Executive undertaking, or under Department of Education, or, what? I’m just amazed that it basically seems as though there is an endless fount of money to fund this vanity exercise in self-aggrandizement and statist meddling. Even the White House has an annual budget allocation that it ostensibly is constrained by with respect to staff hiring, isn’t that so (or not)? It seems like it can create “Senior Policy Advisors” at the drop of a hat. Presumably, this one will be drawing a six-figure salary and have a coterie of assistants and staff, as well.

    Exactly what I was wondering. How does the Whitehouse manage to pay for all these czars, their minions, etc. They can’t just unilaterally increase their budget to pay for it all. Helloooo Congress – time to reclaim the purse strings.

    PaterNovem in reply to guyjones. | January 14, 2015 at 11:22 am

    John Boehner is on it! He’ll get after this sort of thing ’cause he’s a small government guy! sarcoff

    I believe Barack Obama found it while doing his promised “line-by-line” examination of the federal budget.

    It comes from SNAP, the food stamp program.

      guyjones in reply to JBourque. | January 14, 2015 at 1:31 pm

      Thanks for the info. So, “Let’s Move” falls under the Department of Agriculture’s purview, then. Heck, you can’t even keep track of the cabinet-level bureaucracies and sub-bureaucracies and unaccountable administrative agencies anymore, there are so many of them.

      genes in reply to JBourque. | January 14, 2015 at 7:11 pm

      So they’re taking money from poor people to pay the tripled cost of school lunches(at the least)that are inadequate for growing kids and another billion or so for administrative costs?
      But Repubs hate kids and the poor.

Eschmeyer says she “is not ideological.”

Not for a full-blown communist nutjob, anyway.

This person has no kids, I bet. She also has no experience in agriculture. And other than stupid politicians and stupid liberals like herself, she hasn’t sold an idea to anyone.

    TrooperJohnSmith in reply to PaterNovem. | January 14, 2015 at 11:32 am

    D.C. is full of people who purport to be experts on everything under the sun, none of whom have ever had a real job, all seeking the “funding” associated with institutes, NGO’s and consulting groups.

    These people contribute nothing, create nothing, do nothing, except for helping fuel the bureaucracy as it continually expands to meet the needs of the continually-expanding bureaucracy!

DevilsPrinciple | January 14, 2015 at 11:26 am

I never really considered Obama’s programs on school lunches until recently. Why is it entitled “Let’s Move” as though school lunches were part of some inner city initiative in Philadelphia?

If anyone wonders why they question the mentality of the Obama’s, all you need to do is look at crap like this and the infamous pic of her holding the sign “Bring back our girls.”

How fucking lame is that ?

9thDistrictNeighbor | January 14, 2015 at 11:26 am

Okay, so the Tsarnaev brothers just needed an organic kale smoothie. Got it.

ugottabekiddinme | January 14, 2015 at 11:27 am

Wait, shared fairly? So, everyone gets a chance (or is compelled) to trudge behind the plow? To muck out the cow barn? To shovel the manure? The way is sounds, we get to reverse 150 years of improvements and efficiencies in agriculture until we’re all stuck back on the farm! Yippee.

TrooperJohnSmith | January 14, 2015 at 11:28 am

This starts us down the road to, “Soylent Green is peeeeeeeople!”

“Food Justice” book summary: fair food fights and paper plates with food dividers.

    The central argument of “food justice – that the approach to transforming the way we eat needs to be more integrated – is compelling and certainly worth considering.

    Most overweight folks I know had no problem with integrating their food consumption.

      There is no such thing as “Food Justice” no matter how many food books or czars say so. This nonsense is a misuse and denigration of the word “justice.”

      For my part, I live almost gluten free. My BMI is well within the ‘standard’ for my height and age and I go to a health club to work out. I don’t need a Food czar or a “Food Justice” AG in my life.

      recommended reading:

      Dr. William Davis’ book, “Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back To Health”

      Dr. David Perlmutter’s book, “Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs and Sugar-Your Brain’s Silent Killers”

        nordic_prince in reply to jennifer a johnson. | January 14, 2015 at 11:25 pm

        Another book that merits reading is “The Big Fat Surprise” by Nina Teicholz. She does a meticulous job presenting overwhelming evidence that American dietary advice over the past half century is based on shoddy research and cherry-picked data, and it’s doing us more harm than good – a violation of the Hippocratic Oath. I just finished reading the book today ~ 😉

Pie in the sky! Oops… that’s not going to work is it?

Oh man…. if she can teach cucumbers to take out the garbage, men will become completely superfluous.

When those same kids go home, they watch an average of ten food-related ads each day, nearly all of them promoting products that are high in fat, sugar or sodium.

It really helps [snark intended] that the scientific research on fat, sugar or sodium is so clear.

I’ll refer you to favorite story about fat ..

Chosen by unelected Michelle Obama, she of the Affirmative Action joke type of non-degree. What could go wrong?

Speaking of nutrition, check out just how educated all AMA physicians are in the field of essential human foods, which includes oh….. 48 or so hours in total study of nutrition in the entire program. Without all the elements needed to keep a human body running smoothly, chronic diseases and cancer easily occur plus fried foods and nitrates can promote these same chronic diseases including cancer. Also, the soil in which our food grows, has been depleted of almost all human essential minerals. Laws formed over a hundred years ago with the *back-room* dealings of the Rockefellers and Carnegies have effectively removed any treatment but that of the Big Pharma educated M.D’s and still stand today. An occasional nurse or physician who saw through the *treatments* and produced actual CURES that didn’t torture and kill patients found themselves CRUCIFIED in *courts of law* until they were unable to practice any healing whatsoever, while pharmaceutical companies continue to legally torture and kill (plus make tons of $$$, surprise, surprise!) for both above named families, who incidentally are still heavily invested in Big Pharma and have been since the late 1800’s. Nice people, huh?

Behind the story maybe another: is Michelle Obama handing off leadership of her, ahem, ‘signature’ program? It’s been a resounding failure, rejected by even uber-liberal school boards across all 57 states. Perhaps it’s time to get a scapegoat in place so by 2016 we’ll have forgotten it was Michelle Obama, not the now well-known and detested food nazi, Debra Eschmeyer?

Run away!

Free the rutabagas! They are not here just for human entertainment. Rutabagas are people too.

Instead of going with the “Let’s move” thing accompanied by the hypocrisy of what Michelle’s own kids get to eat at school, I would have applauded her if she had chosen “Let’s speak English correctly” instead. Ride a city bus some time and listen to how kids speak. The “f” and “mf” words seem to be a requirement in communication. Plus “It be”, “ain’t got”, “back doe (door)”, ‘whatchoo gonna do”. It goes on and on and these kids do not realize how stupid they sound.

She sounds like a North Korean to me. Looks a bit like one too, except that the official Norks are snappier dressers.

Henry Hawkins | January 14, 2015 at 1:20 pm

Norman Borlaug is rolling over in his grave.

SoCA Conservative Mom | January 14, 2015 at 1:47 pm

Even before MO got involved, school lunches were complete crap. Everything highly processed, not a fresh fruit or vegetable in sight. Why? Because it is expensive to purchase and prepare fresh food. It is less expensive to hire a lunch lady whose only responsibility is to throw frozen processed food on a tray and heat in the oven or microwave, than it is to hire someone who can cook a nutritious meal. The lunch ladies at my sons’ former school would arrive at 9am and leave by 1:30pm; part-time employees, no benefits, near minimum wage. To hire someone who can cook would require the school district shelling out more cash on something other than administrators.

Midwest Rhino | January 14, 2015 at 2:36 pm

The best thing to promote better food is to expose the global warming crap, and embrace increased CO2 for its horticultural benefits. The poor would keep more money to buy food, as less is spent on Obama’s manufactured crisis, skyrocketing energy prices. Sequestering “carbon” is a massive waste of energy.

This scientist says it well.

Hughes, who worked for 35 years at the Department of Earth Sciences and the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine, said, “Too many of climate research scientists are quite willing to prostitute their science by giving these politicians what they want.”

He’s even convinced that “global warming is actually a good thing because more carbon dioxide is good for the environment in many ways.” Warming, he told the Capital Journal in South Dakota, would increase agricultural production, thaw permafrost and “increase by one-seventh Earth’s landmass open to extensive human habitation.”

Fortunately CO2 will increase regardless of what Gore Inc does, but we still shouldn’t let them gouge the poor and middle with their AGW scam.

Arise ye prisoners of starvation!

Midwest Rhino | January 14, 2015 at 3:01 pm

We have the most abundant, cheapest, safest food supply in the world, as far as I know. So of course they need to diversify us to be more like the third world, I suppose.

If people can sell their “grown local” stuff at farmers’ markets or local stores, fine. But DC food czars mandating inefficiencies, messing with producers, in the Orwellian name of “food justice”, has trouble written all over it.

Send potential dropouts to work on a family dairy farm for a week, and they might come back motivated to study harder, and more appreciative of what hard work is.

About that video, she “accepts the ALS ice bucket challenge, right?
I did not see the ice.
So lame.

That’s all I need to know about this “new” czar and her idiotic food justice; another leech to suck taxpayer blood.

Has she no feelings for the poor plants that know they’re being eaten? We need a PETP (peons for the ethical treatment of plants)

Eating a leaf off a plant may not kill it, but that doesn’t mean the plant likes it. The newest study to examine the intelligence (or at least behavior) of plants finds that plants can tell when they’re being eaten — and send out defenses to stop it from happening.

Someone that founded a company, that directly benefits from this “food program”, will be running it.
What could go wrong? And why aren’t I surprised.
The Kids will now be subjected to whatever food fad that catches this person fancy.

“Food justice seeks to ensure that the benefits and risks of where, what, and how food is grown, produced, transported, distributed, accessed, and eaten are shared fairly.”

Maybe I’m just in a bad mood from getting so little sleep over the past week from having a sick child, but what an utter pile of horse-crap.

the ‘benefits and risks of where, what and how food is grown’ will NEVER be shared equally. That is BASIC CAPITALISM you utter and complete twit. A person INVESTS in a farm, because they think that they can make more value/resources/money by doing so than if they invested those resources elsewhere. If they are doing so for ANY other reason, they are not acting rationally (which happens OFTEN due to ’emotional’ attachments).

RISK is an inherent part of capitalism, in that decisions on the part of the investor will drive choices: Do I plant wheat, barley, cotton or peas?

You want true “food justice?” GET THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OUT OF SUBSIDIZING FOOD CROPS. Let the market stand on its own feet.

As for how it is “transported, accessed, distributed and eaten to be shared fairly,” that is entirely socialist in it’s theory. Not everybody has the assets (or desire) to assist in the transportation, nor the income to purchase the same amount of food, nor able to access it due to geography.

It’s simple: “Food Justice” is attempting to make food a “right.”

It is NOT. Just like ‘health care’ is not a right. If you’re not going to WORK for it, guess what: you DESERVE to starve unless you can beg the charity of others.

I think I will send my resume to Obama to be the Tzar Tzar, because from what I can tell I am more qualified for their jobs than most of the Tzar’s are. Of course from what I can tell Peter Griffith is more qualified for their Jobs than most of the Tzar’s are.

I miss the good ol’ days when the extent of government involvement in food issues was George HW Bush complaining about broccoli and the farmers who delivered him a truckload of the stuff in good sport.

“I do not like broccoli. And I haven’t liked it since I was a little kid and my mother made me eat it. And I’m President of the United States and I’m not going to eat any more broccoli.”

I’m fairly certain she wants to socialize the benefits and concentrate the risks. It’s unclear what “risks” she is referring to.

#WarOnCoal’ such a success, liberal progressives spread it 2 food.

BTW u forgot hashtag #WarOnFood

F**K all this talk about this food being better, this food not, the point of all this is that the government has no place telling its citizens what to eat. PSA food advice, sure, OK, we can accept it or ignore it, but the government has NO place telling citizens what to eat.

OMG. These Socialists in the White House actually DO want to destroy America.

“It represents a transformation of the current food system, including but not limited to eliminating disparities and inequities”

They are doing it to health care, they are trying to continue do it to the college system ( threw that one in in the fine print of O-care too, with loan financing, plus CC for free now)

“Every child deserves a lunch that is healthy, that tastes good, and that he or she is eager to eat” Really ? When I was a kid in white middle class suburbia, my parents told me I was entitled to a STFU and eat what they put in front of me if I new what was good for my ass (literally).