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Bloomberg: Protecting Citizens from Unhealthy Food is Government’s Highest Duty

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By Doug Powers  •  September 29, 2011 09:47 AM

**Written by Doug Powers

What is the government’s number one function? Some might say national security or maintaining a sound infrastructure, but for New York Mayor and legendary super-nanny Michael Bloomberg, the government’s highest duty is to… make sure the people have ready access to salad… or something like that:

Speaking on the government’s role in diet and health last week, Bloomberg told the UN General Assembly, “There are powers only governments can exercise, policies only governments can mandate and enforce and results only governments can achieve. To halt the worldwide epidemic of non-communicable diseases, governments at all levels must make healthy solutions the default social option. That is ultimately government’s highest duty.”

Earlier in his address Bloomberg lauded the past dietary efforts of NYC, “In 2009 we enacted the first restriction on cholesterol-free artificial trans fat in the city’s food service establishments. Our licensing of street green card producer/vendors has greatly increased the availability of fresh fruits and vegetables in neighborhoods with high rates of diet related diseases. And we’ve led a national salt reduction initiative and engaged 28 food manufacturers, supermarkets and restaurant chains to voluntarily commit to reducing excessive amounts of sodium in their products.”

This isn’t surprising. After all, upon being elected to office Bloomberg took an oath to “honor, protect and defend the dietary guidelines set forth by the USDA.”

According to Bloomberg, government’s biggest responsibility is to make sure you eat your veggies, and your biggest responsibility is to make Obama successful. These can be simultaneously achieved by eating your peas literally and figuratively.

**Written by Doug Powers

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