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Broccoli to save the planet?

The Washington Times reported recently that the new federal diet guidelines “reflect an inordinate fear of gas”:

President Obama and the first lady have embraced the latest nutritional fads in their own home, and now insist that everyone else follow their lead. The government’s 2015 “Dietary Guidelines for Americans” weren’t cooked up by scientists in white coats, evaluating the perfect combination of proteins, carbohydrates and fats to achieve good health, but by a committee stacked with ideological nutritionists looking for converts to vegetarianism. They’re desperate to save the world from global warming, even if it kills everybody.

The scheme is not so much about health but changing behavior for political reasons. Though they’re voluntary (so far), the guidelines shape school lunches and other programs administered by the Department of Health and Human Services. School kids will be forced soon enough to reduce their “carbon footprint” by trading in their turkey sandwiches for tofu cubes.

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