When the Sugar Police Go Marching In

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Dr. Robert
Lustig has been a formidable voice of reason, as a scientist, in
explaining why sugar and high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) wreak havoc
on the human body. He has correctly called HFCS a toxin because
of how our livers are unable to process this government-subsidized
monstrosity. Dr. Lustig is a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics,
in the Division of Endocrinology at UC San Francisco — no small
rank. Lustig also has had several collaborators on his many sugar
and fructose studies, most of who have done remarkable work in fructose
biochemistry, pediatrics, and other admirable fields.

This issue
of toxic foods as a societal menace has been a dear topic of mine
for many years because of the very obvious fact that a society whose
food supply is built upon a foundation of processed, high-margin,
phony foods, genetically modified foods protected by a patent system,
and massive corn subsidies — all of which fuel an omnipotent, industrial
food culture brought about by government intervention and policies
that favor the corporate-socialist structure — is anything but
the result of a free market.

Unfortunately,
this is a fact that so many bookish but buffoon libertarians still
cannot grasp. The same government that puts policies into place
that favor and prop up the industrial food machine is the same gaggle
of authoritarian bullies that raid small farms, oppress small food
producers, deter artisan food production, and stamp out personal
food choices to ensure society's collective "safety."
No small feat, but then again, when you have a monopoly on violence
under the pretense of government by the people and for the people,
folks tend to think that whatever the ends, the means to such ends
must surely be filled with good intentions.

In his recent
presentation called “How to Have a Sweet Ending” at the UCSF Center
for Obesity, Assessment, Study and Treatment, Dr. Lustig presents
his ideas for social interventions to reduce sugar consumption.
Lustig is an admitted prohibitionist who says that since educational
efforts have failed to reduce sugar use, the U.S. government must
intervene and force behavior changes upon the citizenry. He believes
that a massive policy of taxation, regulation, and interdiction,
at both a societal and an individual level, is necessary to force
the reduction of sugar consumption. He has, in fact, called for
a global policy to eradicate sugar addiction. Is this the
new One World Anti-Sugar Order? He believes that if enough people
get sick — from obesity, vitamin deficiencies, AIDS, etc. — an issue
of personal responsibility rises to the level of a public health
issue, and that necessitates a totalitarian campaign on the part
of government and its agencies to intervene and radically alter
behavior via force.

This is the
same mentality that shaped the FDA's recent power grab known as
the Food
Safety Modernization Act
(HR 2759) which will allow the feds
to assume arbitrary powers that extend over any individuals who
manufacture, process, pack, distribute, receive, hold, import, or
grow food. Lustig is not calling for a few misplaced laws, here
and there, to protect you from yourself. Rather, he is trying to
justify a global crusade against freedom of food choice on the basis
that "our toxic environment cannot be changed without government/societal
intervention."

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