Here's yet another example of government programs that are total nonsense, collectively, if not individually.
First, news that a Federal panel of experts has issued a new report on what you should be eating.
[The report's] findings: People should consume more vegetables and whole grains, and less fatty meats, salt and sugar...The guidelines in turn will form the basis of the USDA's updated food pyramid, scheduled to be released in spring 2011. They also determine the nutrition standards for all federal nutrition programs, including the National School Lunch Program, which feeds more than 30 million children a day.[emphasis mine]
I've emphasized the "less fatty meats" part because that news comes hot on the heals of this article that hit the wires yesterday:
The U.S. Agriculture Department plans to buy as much as $14 million worth of dark meat chicken products to help producers facing a glut in stocks and decreasing prices, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said on Tuesday...The government purchase... will be used by food banks, school lunch programs, and other food assistance programs....
So let's get this straight: the Federal government is on the one hand encouraging people to eat fewer fatty meats, but on the other is buying more of said fatty meats to appease a special interest. And they can't even use "inter-agency coordination problems" as an excuse.