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With nation’s school lunches fundamentally transformed, Michelle O eyes ‘talking shopping carts’

Posted by on Jul. 18, 2014 at 12:22 PM
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With nation’s school lunches fundamentally transformed, Michelle O eyes ‘talking shopping carts’

July 18, 2014

Ben Velderman Ben Velderman

Ben is a communications specialist for EAG and joined in 2010. He is a former member of the Michigan Education Association.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – First, Michelle Obama seized control of your child’s school lunch and made it “healthy.” Now, the First Lady wants to change the way you buy groceries.

michelle obama shopping 337 x 244A new 80-page report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture explains that federal bureaucrats hope to use a variety of tools to modify the way Americans select food items at the supermarket.

The stated goal is steer consumers toward fruits and vegetables – and away from sugar- and fat-laden items. The plan is in line with “Michelle Obama’s stated second term agenda to ‘impact the nature of food in grocery stores,’” reports FreeBeacon.com.

While the feds’ plan deals mostly with the 47 million Americans who participate in the government’s food stamp program, it would indirectly affect all consumers.

According to FreeBeacon.com, the federal busybodies want to provide food-stamp shoppers with “incentives” for making healthy food choices – such as discounts or free movie tickets – and even talking shopping carts that will notify them when they’ve selected enough healthy items.

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The high-tech carts – which would cost every grocery store about $30,000 to provide – would be physically divided and color coded to help consumers select approved food items. It would also “have a system installed so that when the shopping cart reaches its healthy ‘threshold’ it would congratulate the customer,” FreeBeacon.com reports.

In case that’s not creepy enough, the feds want grocery store employees to serve as government “ambassadors” who can “redirect” food stampers toward healthy items by explaining the various incentive programs and nutritional information.

Michelle Obama and her minions also envision turning the grocery store into a “classroom” where shoppers can receive cooking tips and advice from dieticians – presumably ones employed by the federal government.

The feds also want stores to use better signage, lighting and product placement so customers can easily find the food their government thinks they should be eating. They also want stores to set aside more shelf space for the government-preferred products.

While the feds could easily ensure healthier purchases for food stamp participants by clamping down on which products are available to them, the government busybodies want consumers to think they’re making these choices all by themselves.

The feds are following “the principle of self-attribution (which) suggests that when an individual perceives they have the ability to freely choose between options, they are more likely to be satisfied with the choice they make,” the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) report states.

So even though Michelle Obama will be limiting your choices and “nudging” you in the “proper” direction, she wants you to think you’re doing these things voluntarily.

Some grocery store owners probably won’t’ want to subject their customers to this “Big Brother” shopping experience, but they may not have a choice.

The FreeBeacon.com article ends with this cryptic line: “The USDA envisions that supermarkets, superstores, small grocers, specialty stores, and farmers markets would adopt changes in the future through an agency program.”

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-Celestial-
by Platinum Member on Jul. 18, 2014 at 12:29 PM
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That's pretty cool..

All hail Mrs. O and her minions. eyeroll...

Billiejeens
by Ruby Member on Jul. 18, 2014 at 1:03 PM
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The FreeBeacon.com article ends with this cryptic line: “The USDA envisions that supermarkets, superstores, small grocers, specialty stores, and farmers markets would adopt changes in the future through an agency program.”

 

Why do the Facists always have a "program"?

Godgaveme4
by Bronze Member on Jul. 18, 2014 at 1:30 PM
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Not a fan?  I like it to be quiet when I am walking through the store.  I would not like my cart yapping at me everytime I put something in my cart!

and incentives?  Good grief.  Stop the insanity already.

Rhodin
by Member on Jul. 18, 2014 at 1:40 PM
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What happens if my kids sit in the Bad Foods section of the shopping cart? Will CPS come charging out demanding to know why I have over 60lbs of processed crap in my cart? (The kids weigh 61lbs together, currently).
erika9009
by Silver Member on Jul. 18, 2014 at 1:48 PM
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Get out my life Michelle!!!!!!!!!!!

I don't tell you how to raise your kids, you don't tell me how to raise mine.

Now Michelle, if you want to talk about good eating and family fitness, let's go there.

I challenge your two girls, the president, and you to a 10k run or 30k bike race with my two oldest, myself and my husband.

____________________________________________________

Erika..

The best things in life are not things.

143myboys9496
by Gold Member on Jul. 18, 2014 at 1:56 PM
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STAY THE HELL OUT OF MY LIFE AND GROCERY CART SHELLY!!! MIND YOUR OWN FUCKING BUSINESS. 

latashac
by Bronze Member on Jul. 18, 2014 at 1:59 PM
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Did they really put quotes around healthy as if it is a bad word??

I would really love to see the list of what they consider "government-preferred products". This article is a hoot.

Seracake
by Member on Jul. 18, 2014 at 4:27 PM
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Americans are fat. The kids are fat. Fat and unhealthy. God forbid we discuss this problem. It's disgusting.

romalove
by SenseandSensibility on Jul. 18, 2014 at 4:41 PM
Lol
Ms.KitKat
by Gold Member on Jul. 18, 2014 at 5:08 PM
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LOL

Hate to break this to ya but grocery stores are already fully equipped with "big brother" ensuring shoppers purchase the correct products (ie those which are more expensive) and manufacturers pay more to have their product(s) placed so that they are in a location not just on the aisle but on the shelf to ensure you look at it more thus increasing chances of your buying their product over say a less expensive or healthier version.

And I'm not too sure about your grocery store but mine already has an on-staff dietitian and nutritionist who hold classes and workshops about healthy menus. We even have a pretty decent organic section. GASP!

Re healthy lunches- yeah- what a terrible thing to provide healthy food to our children in school

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