Daily Archives: January 5, 2012

Multnomah County Food Police: Show Us Your Papers

One year ago this month the Multnomah County Commission passed its Food Action Plan. The move set in motion plans to make food a “right” and bring “food equality” to the masses. Now the food police are monitoring stores in “food deserts” to make sure they’re selling government approved food.

This document laid out a plan to install Food Corps Officers in public schools (paid “volunteers”), expressed hopes to extinguish “unhealthy” food from the county, and set up government run “food hubs” which would act as a government store of food in “food deserts.” More gardens and a seed library were a couple of the good ideas in the plan, but mostly the plan was and continues to be an aspirational document which

will be used to pass any number of intrusive measures in much the same way that the 2009 Climate Action Plan was used as an excuse to ban bags, raise fees for cars and create more bike paths. Don’t bother looking for those items in the Climate Action Plan, they’re not there.

Please see my numerous blog posts alerting the public about this intrusive food plan here, here,  here,  here,  and a story that looks into what may be the future of this plan here.

Multnomah County’s Food Action Plan has now taken a giant leap forward–to coin a phrase–by working with the Feds to pay store owners to stock government approved food and then check on them to make sure they ordered the food and sold it.

I repeat: The government is paying shop owners to stock government approved food and checking their books to make sure they ordered the food and sold it.

We read in Willamette Week here:

County officials advise store owners which foods to stock and where to buy them wholesale, and give them red apple-shaped labels to identify healthy foods. 

And to make sure stores are complying with the government?

The county plans to first track stores’ inventories—whether they’re ordering more healthy products—and then survey store owners and customers. 

There’s no word on what happens if the store stops stocking the government approved “healthy” foods.

The alt weekly says this may be the only way to measure how well the plan is working:

The county is focusing on what the stores sell and stock, but not customers’ buying habits. …[T]he county has no evidence the program is working. Nor has it come up with a way to measure how—if at all—these subsidies are changing the way people shop and eat.

Food “Desert” Markets

The government is paying stores to supply food the public wasn’t demanding.

Surprisingly, WW asks about this and here is the predictable response:

Sonia Manhas, manager of community wellness and prevention for the Multnomah County Health Department, says the county is trying to create demand for healthier foods by offering customers a wider variety of choices—the opposite of how sales tend to work. “Is this something the county can be in the business of doing for a long period of time? Well, no,” Manhas says.

But they’ll try to keep their government jobs as long as possible.

Next up: How the plan is being used in the schools.

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Multnomah County Food Police: Show Us Your Papers

One year ago this month the Multnomah County Commission passed its Food Action Plan. The move set in motion plans to make food a “right” and bring “food equality” to the masses. Now the food police are monitoring stores in “food deserts” to make sure they’re selling government approved food.

This document laid out a plan to install Food Corps Officers in public schools (paid “volunteers”), expressed hopes to extinguish “unhealthy” food from the county, and set up government run “food hubs” which would act as a government store of food in “food deserts.” More gardens and a seed library were a couple of the good ideas in the plan, but mostly the plan was and continues to be an aspirational document which

will be used to pass any number of intrusive measures in much the same way that the 2009 Climate Action Plan was used as an excuse to ban bags, raise fees for cars and create more bike paths. Don’t bother looking for those items in the Climate Action Plan, they’re not there.

Please see my numerous blog posts alerting the public about this intrusive food plan here, here,  here,  here,  and a story that looks into what may be the future of this plan here.

Multnomah County’s Food Action Plan has now taken a giant leap forward–to coin a phrase–by working with the Feds to pay store owners to stock government approved food and then check on them to make sure they ordered the food and sold it.

I repeat: The government is paying shop owners to stock government approved food and checking their books to make sure they ordered the food and sold it.

We read in Willamette Week here:

County officials advise store owners which foods to stock and where to buy them wholesale, and give them red apple-shaped labels to identify healthy foods. 

And to make sure stores are complying with the government?

The county plans to first track stores’ inventories—whether they’re ordering more healthy products—and then survey store owners and customers. 

There’s no word on what happens if the store stops stocking the government approved “healthy” foods.

The alt weekly says this may be the only way to measure how well the plan is working:

The county is focusing on what the stores sell and stock, but not customers’ buying habits. …[T]he county has no evidence the program is working. Nor has it come up with a way to measure how—if at all—these subsidies are changing the way people shop and eat.

Food “Desert” Markets

The government is paying stores to supply food the public wasn’t demanding.

Surprisingly, WW asks about this and here is the predictable response:

Sonia Manhas, manager of community wellness and prevention for the Multnomah County Health Department, says the county is trying to create demand for healthier foods by offering customers a wider variety of choices—the opposite of how sales tend to work. “Is this something the county can be in the business of doing for a long period of time? Well, no,” Manhas says.

But they’ll try to keep their government jobs as long as possible.

Next up: How the plan is being used in the schools.

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Drama in Oregon: Enviro Nuts Versus Animal Nuts on Eagles and Windmills

By now people are getting up to speed on how intrusive living next to wind turbines is.
 
Besides the fact that you can’t store their power and are butt ugly, wind turbines kill birds. They’ve been known to take out eagles. Enviros have filed lawsuits. Bird lovers have brayed. Papers have been waved. Environmental lawyers have racked up billable hours.

Now for the first time, the Feds are proposing issuing a new permit to allow a proposed central Oregon wind farm to kill eagles. From US News & World Report here:

The Interior Department’s Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday released a draft environmental assessment that would allow West Butte Wind Power LLC to kill as many as three protected golden eagles over five years if the company fulfills its conservation commitments. 


This has never happened before:

It’s the first eagle “take permit” application to be received and acted on by U.S. Fish and Wildlife under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. (“Take” means to kill, harass or disturb the birds, their nests or their eggs.)

I’m sure part of this acknowledges that eagles are not in short supply anymore since the original ruling to protect them was made in the 1940’s.  But the caveat is this:

The permit, if ultimately issued, stipulates that there must be no net loss to breeding populations of golden eagles from the wind farm project. That means for every protected bird permitted killed, developers must contribute to conservation efforts for breeding them.

Some bird lovers are happy that wind turbine operators must now take out a permit to mitigate bird loss.

Kelly Fuller, wind campaign coordinator for the American Bird Conservancy, praised West Butte for being the first company to apply for one. She described the latest development as “precedent-setting…”

I’d like to think this may be a step in the right direction but I’m not holding my breath. It sounds like the enviros have insinuated themselves yet again in the process of energy production–as faulty as it is.

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Drama in Oregon: Enviro Nuts Versus Animal Nuts on Eagles and Windmills

By now people are getting up to speed on how intrusive living next to wind turbines is.
 
Besides the fact that you can’t store their power and are butt ugly, wind turbines kill birds. They’ve been known to take out eagles. Enviros have filed lawsuits. Bird lovers have brayed. Papers have been waved. Environmental lawyers have racked up billable hours.

Now for the first time, the Feds are proposing issuing a new permit to allow a proposed central Oregon wind farm to kill eagles. From US News & World Report here:

The Interior Department’s Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday released a draft environmental assessment that would allow West Butte Wind Power LLC to kill as many as three protected golden eagles over five years if the company fulfills its conservation commitments. 


This has never happened before:

It’s the first eagle “take permit” application to be received and acted on by U.S. Fish and Wildlife under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. (“Take” means to kill, harass or disturb the birds, their nests or their eggs.)

I’m sure part of this acknowledges that eagles are not in short supply anymore since the original ruling to protect them was made in the 1940’s.  But the caveat is this:

The permit, if ultimately issued, stipulates that there must be no net loss to breeding populations of golden eagles from the wind farm project. That means for every protected bird permitted killed, developers must contribute to conservation efforts for breeding them.

Some bird lovers are happy that wind turbine operators must now take out a permit to mitigate bird loss.

Kelly Fuller, wind campaign coordinator for the American Bird Conservancy, praised West Butte for being the first company to apply for one. She described the latest development as “precedent-setting…”

I’d like to think this may be a step in the right direction but I’m not holding my breath. It sounds like the enviros have insinuated themselves yet again in the process of energy production–as faulty as it is.

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com