“Out of sight, out of mind” is a great way to forget your ex, but a terrible shortcoming for nutrition labels. At least Joe Biden thinks so...
Joey B.'s administration is now pushing to add a nutrition label to the front of food packages, where it’s more likely to be seen and considered. The front-of-pack labels would display in an easy-to-understand way (like a star rating or traffic light image), with the goal of helping consumers make healthier food choices.
This idea is part of a 44-page strategy report that aims to reduce diet-related diseases and end hunger in America by 2030. The plan was presented at the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health this past Wednesday - the first gathering of this kind since 1969 (a similar conference in the ‘60s led to programs like food stamps).
Some other recommendations in the proposed strategy include:
- Providing free meals to students during the school year and over the summer.
- Granting those formerly incarcerated or in college access to food stamps.
- Providing medically-tailored meals and nutrition counseling to people on Medicare.
- Encouraging private health insurance companies to cover more nutrition services.
Don't hold your breath though - these changes require Congressional support and would take years to implement. Regardless, General Mills must be quaking in their boots at the thought of putting Red 40, Yellow 6, and Blue 1 on the front of Trix boxes...