Wednesday, November 21, 2012

WSJ Op-ed: Consumers Reject Government as Food Dictator
New York--In an op-ed in Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal, Jayson Lusk, a professor of agricultural economics at Oklahoma State University, said that the same consumers who are using their spending power to encourage growers and retailers to produce “better-tasting, more-nutritious produce” have no interest in the government dictating what they buy and eat. 

“So, what was the food movement that failed earlier this month? The one that wants the coercive power of the state to strong-arm Americans into eating fashionably,” Lusk wrote. “It is the movement that refuses to acknowledge the hard work of the vast majority of American farmers—Urvashi Rangan of the Consumers Union says that farmers' fertilizers ‘rape the soil’—simply because they cannot make a living selling the stuff that the food elite think we all should eat.”

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