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Should Governments Be Able To Dictate What We Eat?

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Rose peace Profile
Rose peace answered
No! Like the government needs More control over us! And what are we going to go to jail if we have seconds at a buffet? They already have power over where we can live what we can buy, At least we have the power to CHOSE what we eat for now! What next america will pick who you will marry?
walter jedyk Profile
walter jedyk answered
No, they can't really impose on are free will.
They can only introduce the basic four food groups to us through, health agencies
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
No!We live in the USA  and have freedom of choice that's one of the the things that's so great about our country.  What is with this new Democratic government  we have in power now.    Can;t wait until we have a new election because our votes will not go to the Democrats!  I find them very scary for the first time in my life!  I feel things are being done when we  Americans are asleep at night  and we can't do a thing about it.   We poor Americans  Our poor Country and our Freedom of Choice.   Wake up Congress and the Senate  don't be taken over act for we people...
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Meshial Einhorn
Meshial Einhorn commented
Amen, i totally agree with you. Sadly the congress and senate know exactly what is going on and support it. And things are happening without the people know about them. It is really scarry.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
The Government has NO right, repeat NO right, to tell me what I can and can't eat. When they control my health care, then they can tell me what to eat (watch for that, may not be too far away). It's a capitalistic society that we live in and I have the choice to eat 40,000 calories a day if I want to.  Now, I should have to pay the bill for my surgery, weight loss programs, health care expenses, etc., BUT I have the right to eat as I please. Atleast for another day...
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josh moorhead answered
No they should not.they should give suggestions and facts.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
No!
Jimma R Profile
Jimma R answered
NO! Government should not dictate US what should we eat! Where are our freedom?. I thought we live in America? Unless America is turning into a communist country.
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Meshial Einhorn
Meshial Einhorn commented
If you look at alot of things that happen in our country you will see that they are socialist. Socialism is the first stages of communism. We have also had communistic parties in the past and have groups that support communism. Socialistic and communistic ideas play a major role in our society today. It is really scarry and upsetting.
armedia williams Profile
This response is not limited to the aforementioned question, since I am just about fed up w/ government dictating, approving the use of advanced technology to include the general population invading persons privacy and so.  Our society is spinning so fast that people are to dizzy to see the larger picture and what all this is leading to.  Ultimately, I see a future that exist in one of those futuristic sci-fi movies where all humanity, emotions, and freedom are banned.  As well anyone living a lifestyle independant of what will be deemed acceptable by the a dictatorship democracy, if you could call it that, being extinguished and or sent to a lab for re-programming.  We are headed back in history similar to when the archbishop had absolute authority to declare anyone he chose to be a hieratic simply because they were not an aristocrat's.  WAKE UP PEOPLE,LET'S UNITE AND PUT AN END TO ALL OF THIS BEFORE IT GOES ANY FURTHER AND IT'S TO LATE.  WE ARE SO FOCUSED ON WHAT ADVANCEMENTS WE ARE BEING AFFORDED THAT WE ARE BLINDED TO HOW VULNERABLE WE ARE MAKING OURSELVES TO BECOMING VICTIMS TO A DICTATORSHIP WORLD RUN BY LUNATICS NOT GOVERNMENT.
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Meshial Einhorn
Meshial Einhorn commented
I totally agree. But sadly it is only going to get worse. The Bible tells us in the book of Revelation that things will keep getting worse. And yes, if the Tribulation doesnt come first, the world be just the way to said.
Jessica Le Bar
Jessica Le Bar commented
I agree with you!!! It's a Scary thing isn't it???
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
I don't think so. Some food recipes include salt among other spices to be added during preparation and cooking, when one adds it to the meal after preparation, the taste is somewhat distorted. The government controls enough, it's not their business to control salt content in our food. What are they going to attempt next? Seriously....what the heck??
Meshial Einhorn Profile
Meshial Einhorn answered
NO!  Although salt doesnt need to be added to food and probably shouldnt be added, if the government can force chef's to not at salt where will it end? Once we give the government a little bit of lead way they will snatch up more. If we allow them to pass this bill, more bills will soon follow until there is no freedom left.
suaZo Profile
suaZo answered
First of all, I personally think that even though the government would dictate what we eat, shouldn't make a difference if isn't dictate. Now we're in modern days and we cannot allow government from adding salt to food when we humans and we all have different manners of liking food; whether with salt or non-salt. Also what government is doing is something out of our consent which we should not be grateful of. WEll, I hope this info would help to you readers.

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Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Really? Restricting what we eat? I know we don't eat as healthy foods as we should, but dictating what we eat? Last time I checked, this was a democracy.
Meagan Reudisueli Profile
No they shouldnt we have a democracy not a dictation government its their choice and the costumer can ask for no salt if they want.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
NO! We should be able to eat what we want. Even if the government did make us eat certain stuff, they'd probably make us skinny by feeding us space food. I'd sooner die.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
No, government should have no power to regulate food we eat beyond ensuring that packaging does not lie to consumers.
Hannah Ashley Profile
Hannah Ashley answered
No! In fact the salt makes food taste good. Without the salt, chef's will loose their jobs!SO NO NO NO NO!
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
No. This is really out of control.  They will never stop until they  become total despots .
They can try, but I sense massive civil disobedience in our future.
Anonymous Profile
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I think the government can tell us what is healthy for us but they cannot force us to eat certain things.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
In general terms, the government should not dictate what we eat. In the case of NY, the whole salt situation is actually a nice idea. As a consumer, greater power of choice is an advantage.
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Anonymous commented
I'm sorry, what??
Rachael G
Rachael G commented
Dollbabyde has a point, and besides that, in the case of ny? U tryin to say something?
Anonymous
Anonymous commented
I don't understand what point Dollbabyde is trying to make.
And I said what I meant to say.
farah hasa Profile
farah hasa answered
No ...never it cannot dictate us because we eat what we love and can afford. It cannot force us to eat something which we do not like.....
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
No way! They torture us enough they should back off and give us some freedom!
They should worry about people WHO HAVE NOTHING TO EAT!!!! Not those who are rich, healthy and who can look after themselves. Maybe fat people but not unless they agree first!
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
No that go against our human right we free to choose what we want to eat as long as it's Legal
Keith Old Profile
Keith Old answered
G'day

Thank you for your question.

I can't imagine anything worse. Governments should stick to a few things and do them well rather than do everything badly.

Frankly, if a restaurant was run as badly as some governments, they would be shut down.

Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
It should not be a bill passed just common sense to allow people to exercise their own rights. Ie chef should not add salt to food making it the choice of the consumer and  if so make the consumer aware that these meals contain salt and will be up to the consumer to purchase it or not. At the same time we do not need government to dictate either like it is not a right that we already have!
 
To sum it all up, this is more reason why consumers who choose to eat out inquire about what they are eating before even going there to eat or asking questions about the meal before ordering. Becoming aware and by doing so exercising their rights. Why ban the chef of rights to flavor food the way they choose to as long as it is not harmful of things that are on recall or whatever new viruses and bacteria are found in foods and the products that we use in them or to process them. Yes to a person with high blood pressure or any other type of health issues where we are recommended to not eat salt, to that individual belongs the duty to research the meals at the places they choose to eat. Sometimes we are able to ask the chef to not use salt but most of us eat at fast food restaurants where these meals are already prepared seasoned just has to be heated up. It is our choice to choose. Bills to ban chef's using salt wont help the problem. For all that ban the salt!
 
It comes down to us letting go of the things that are not good for us and not try to twist stuff around to suit us. Better off preparing our own meals.
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Nat MMMMMM answered
My answer is that governments should not be able to dictate what we eat. As a nation, we value free will. Our founding fathers valued it so much that they put certain amendments to ensure we have liberty. Sure, there is no amendment that says "Free to Eat," but if you read the Constitution, there is the mention that all citizens have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I feel that government should give citizens the choice about their nutrition. Through government sponsored programs, children in schools should learn what is nutrition and which foods are healthy and not healthy for them. I do agree with schools educating students, but I do not agree that the government specifically tells you, like through this bill, what you can and cannot eat. People should be able to eat what they want and they should also be able to accept the consequences of abusing certain foods as their own personal choice and not point the finger to anyone else if they do become sick. I believe we should have a choice, but deal with the consequences of your actions.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Government has no right to this!  
We the people should let the free market do its work.  We don't have to frequent places that have what we don't want in our food, and we frequent those places that we like...  It works itself out, without Government sticking their nose into where it shouldn't be.  In this country we take pride in being a free people, how can all this government intervention continue without our rights being violated?
Louis Dormir Profile
Louis Dormir answered
No they shouldnt we don't control everyone and whats the bad thing about fat people? They know right from wrong and obviously they like being obese so let them live their lives happy and thick. I hear on the news about Michelle Obama and how she's trying to help them....michelle shut up it is NOT your business she has kids to frickin worry about myob Michelle take the salt away maybe it will be like when they banned alcohol they smuggled it and no matter what they do I will always eat salt with my food
Ainslie Wood Profile
Ainslie Wood answered
No, because people eat what they like and are used to eating. People might also have an allergy to the foods.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
This takes things too far. It's impossible to cook certain dishes without salting-- they just won't work. But in general, yes, I think there should be options...
Rachael G Profile
Rachael G answered
Thats a ridiculous bill, now they're just trying to find stupid reasons to put up a bill. I live in New York, and I love it when they do that with my freaking food, they shouldnt do that.
Anastaire d'Lammermoor Profile
Well, I don't think the Government should dictate what we should eat, I think we all should have the right to choose our own food, but hazardous or bad food should be monitored carefully or banned.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
If you wont a bear then buy one if I had one that wasent used I would give it to you but I don't have one
ibrahim ahmed Profile
ibrahim ahmed answered
I don't think governments dose like to know what people eat because they can't know coz there are over milion people live in the country.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Only specific things, like trans-fat or other ingredients that have a serious and negative health affect should be banned. The government, in regards to salt, isn't dictating what we eat, as the question is a "loaded-question". It's just stating that consumers should be given the choice. So, Should Governments be able to dictate that the consumer should dictate what we eat is more appropriate.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
In general - No

People should be allowed to choose whatever foods they would like to buy and eat, Healthiness is left to each individual person to decide for themselves.

In this particular case - No

Salt is a nontoxic food additive. I'm pretty sure that leaves it up to the choice of the cook if they choose to add it or not. A law banning chefs from adding a normal food product to their foods is absurd and unjustified seeing as it is normal practice to use salt in food. If someone doesn't want salt cooked in their food they should ask for it that way when they order as it is their preference.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
This ban seems to encourage systems where people ARE given the choice. In this case, of how much salt they want in their food. If it was already added , there would be NO choice.

On the other hand, I do think that a little salt IS required during the cooking, (for taste) as humans have been adding salt to their food DURING cooking for ages.
Anonymous Profile
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Yes, I would be happier knowing there was only a natural level given me and then make the choice myself.
There are only two other options, the customer gets what there given with no informed choice or every menu has to add lots of small print noone wants to bother writing or reading. One is a health crises sneaking up on the public the other is as well but with the blame shifted via a heap of bureaucracy.
Natasha Street Profile
Natasha Street answered
No! I understand that a lot of Americans have become obbess, but isn't that what our four fathers fought for. OUR FREEDOM is all we have. And we don't have much of that anymore. The government wants to control everything and its not right. They know everything about us already. I think we should have more privacy.
Jessica Le Bar Profile
Jessica Le Bar answered
NO!!! No one has the right to tell me what to eat!! What happened to this country??? I thought that we had rights??!!
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
No, why should they? They should just make restaurants tell you what's in what you're eating.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Yes,

The vast majority of people are a) ignorant and b) lazy about taking care of them selves by eating properly. If you want to rely on the government for your health care you need to pay attention or let the govt do it.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Definately not

whatever happened to free will

they can advise us on what to eat/what to eat but not tell us
spiritofriverscuomo Profile
If the country has eating habits like mcdonalds everyday then the government should ban transfats or awful food products not take away our freedom to eat. Just not sell it.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
H311 N0...that's suppose to be the beauty of america:freedom of choice and a democracy...if we let the government DICTATE what we eat, then what else are they going to DICTATE...just like crime, once you start, it just snowballs into a disaster, which in this case is, a DICTATORSHIP
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Whilst I understand the question, the case study isn't helping your question. Because of increased discoveries of medical conditions, adding salt to a food could cause medical problems with a customer. Because of things like this, chefs in several places must now allow the customers to add as much salt as they wish, and therefore if someone does have a condition which limits their salt intake, they know how much to put on without causing a health risk.

And the governments are biased towards healthier eating nowadays as obesity is becoming an increased risk in modern day society. They are only proposing bills such as the one you mentioned because of health & safety issues.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
How would I never know how the dish should taste? I believe only the chef knows exactly how the his preparations should taste. It is up to me to say if I agree or not. Maybe chefs should just leave all the ingredients on the table and allow the patrons to season it all to taste (being sarcastic there).

I love the word dictate - reminds me of dictator, which is the worst kind of government, right?

So I guess the government should not be allowed to dictate at all. I think the government continues to overstep its boundaries.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Uh, hello the government already dictates what we eat.  Just try to read the labels on packaged food, or look up genetically modified food.  Most of our fruits and vegetables have been spliced with genes from animals, plants and God only knows what else.  Do you really want to know what is in your hamburger or your boneless, skinless chicken breast you pay premium dollars for to be more health conscious.  Ever notice how many men and young boys are getting breasts.  The food we eat today is toxic. Approved by the FDA, which is a government organization.  We have a lot more to worry about than salt being added to our food.
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Anonymous answered
I think that the proposed bill is acceptable, as it doesn't dictate what we eat, it gives us th freedom to choose the salt content of our food, however, for governments to for instance, ban certain foods, that would be unacceptable. We should have the freedom to eat what we like!
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Anonymous answered
Yes the government is the supreme being in our lives and should be able to decide not only what we eat,but when and where we eat also, Lets stop complaining about uncle sam all the time,hes trying his best,I mean,do you complain as much about how your parents raised you? We must join together as one collective robot and follow Big Governments every wish and command.
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No, we do not need another "Big Brother" law. Where are the rights of the people?  These people are crazy to think they know better than we do.  Please don't take our rights away.  We are setting a horrible precedence. What next Sugar? Meat? Eggs?  When does this stop. Don't our lawmakers have better more important things to do?  The American People need to stand up and say "NO" .
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Anonymous answered
Well they shouldn't control what we eat, but I think they can advise it like two pieces of fruit a day is advised. People should have the right to choose what we eat after all isn't america democratic? by the people for the people and with the people. Although I do live in AUSTRALIA! :)
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Anonymous answered
The simple answer is no.  However, the question is not so simple.  The public should be free to opt for whatever food it wants to eat, but the government must have the responsibility to see that the food source is "safe" to eat.  That is, it does not contain toxic substances.  

The public should be told of the content of their food, but have the free will to decide whether or not to eat foods based on this information.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
No because we are a free country if you decide to eat fatty foods and no fruit thats you choice and you have to suffer the Consequences isn't not the governments responsibility to control what we eat. With  adding salt people should have a choice we have right and we should use them.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Yes...if a person received food stamps I have always thought there should be some mandate to purchase a portion of fresh fruits and veggies.  I always see food stamp customers with a conveyor belt full of processed foods, soft drinks and red meats...the same person is most likely collecting ome form of gov't health insurance...this becomes a bad economic cycle...  at the very least the govt' should mandate nutritional education for food stamp recipients..
ly fen chen Profile
ly fen chen answered

No, but they can dictate what prisoners have, as they have no choice.

About us we can eat what we need if we have the money,and eat what 's healthy.

John Anderson Profile
John Anderson answered
I think governments should dictate what we eat because you'll never when they may contain poison or deadly stuff like the Mexican jalapeno incident. Besides, salt makes you dehydrated and might also give high blood pressure.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Maybe the government should just control the amount of salt in foods. People will get used to it one day.
Kaley Mayhew Profile
Kaley Mayhew answered
No, they should not and it would be foolish for them to try.. Many Americans would break the law.. What we eat should be entirely up to us....
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Absolutely NO!  The can suggest, but we are suppose to be a free country here in the USA and it has to stay that way!
Prashansa Profile
Prashansa answered
I guess yeah, governments can have the right to dictate what we eat to some extent.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Hold up the governments have no right to tell us what to eat and what not to eat so what kinda question is that.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
No, under any circumstance.  My fear is that if the health care reform is passed, they will tell us when to eat, sleep, etc.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Um—no. Cooking salt into food is entirely different from adding it later: Different flavors.
Anonymous Profile
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No, because Obama shouldn't be telling us what to eat, and he's just gettin on my freakin nerves.
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No that takes freedom and kicks it out the door. It should be up to that person. If they want to die eairly then so be it because they choose to eat what they want. It won't help nothing matter of fact it might make it worse. Every body's got to die so there the money spent on death. It might even cost more because there would be people really dieing of old age and every time I think of that it reminds me of prolonged death because they will be in the hospital for a longer period of time costing more tax payers money or government money. So I say NO to the question. The worlds all ready bad enough. And people already think that the government is controling to much
Shedbentus Igbatu Profile
Yes they should. Because they have employees who are employed to serve the public in the areas of their specialization like the nutritionists. The government should employ more nutritionists to be able to achieve this goal.
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Such thinking is what leads to communist governments. Consider this, would you like our government to operate as the Germans or Russian did once, telling people when or what they can eat by rationing food products and standing on lines for hours to purchase what you are allowed to eat? Imagine if after standing there for 7 hrs, when it's finally your turn to be served you're told they've run out of the meat you are rationed to eat once a month.
Teasa  no ones businus but my own
True but at the same time not i meen we need free will
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Peter McKenzie answered
Yes companies have exploited this area of consumption for far to long and it is having major impacts on government budgets in developed economies, people are being conned through excellent marketing of really bad food products, limits may have to be set on what the ecceptable size range of a human should be. Governments have to much to do with shrinking budgets money needs to be invested in the future of the planet and our energy problems not the health of people that made poor choices
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Shbroo7 7broosh answered
Yes, but should be with limitation. And prior if banning any brand/product a clear clarification should be given with all reasons for such action,
as there will be always things hidden and will not appeared to us. Also, government have to protect its citizen even if they toke decision which we think its against our well

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