A few weeks ago, Mayor Bloomberg from New York City held a press conference where he said the city is going to attempt to ban sugary sodas over 16 oz in size, in other words, Bye-Bye Big Gulp ®. Today on Consumerist there was an article where Coke said there is no correlation between sugary sodas and obesity. Some of the comments on the article claimed that Coke should shut up and follow government suggested regulations on the amount of sugar in their sodas. I say that since it seems the government is going to regulate by law everything eventually any way why not just go all out and completely regulate the food industry to the point where the government controls everything from growing food, processing the food and delivering the food.
I’d propose that the government determines how much it truly costs to feed everybody based on age (young kids cost less than adults, teens cost more than the GDP of most small nations, etc), then institute a tax accordingly. Once this happens, the government will deliver healthy government regulated nutritious food right to our doors. They would have to take over farms and all food production to ensure a steady supply, but at least everybody would be healthy. Delivery would occur weekly, all homes would be equipped with Smart technology on refrigerators, pantries, and bread boxes using RFID chips embedded. This would broadcast information to regional and local food distribution facilities where your groceries would be picked and packaged and rolled onto trucks for delivery. You would only get the items you needed based on bar code readers and RFID tags embedded in all foods. Gardens would be outlawed (or regulated and any produce grown at home as a hobby would have to be declared to the Federal Food Department (FFD) and would be deducted from your delivery, but you wouldn’t get a deduction on taxes paid).
Eventually, technology would improve to where food could be atomized and created directly at your home, like in Star Trek. This would also be regulated, so if you tried to order a chocolate sundae the system would check how many calories you had that day already and adjust the size and ingredients accordingly. So if you are an average male, 160 pounds, you need about 1800-2200 calories per day (based on activity level, don’t worry, smart watches would track all movement and transmit back to the FFD) and were right at the limit when ordering that sundae, the FFD system would substitute FroYo for ice cream and leave off the chocolate sauce all together. The next step would be to mandate exercise for everybody through government funded gyms. All people could wear monitors (embedded chips would be the way to go for the most accurate readings) that take readings on a daily basis and determine the amount of exercise needed. A custom program would be transmitted to the government and then down to the gym you attend. You would be given a 45-60 minute timeslot at the gym where you would go. If you failed to attend, you’d be fined accordingly for not exercising, which increases the chance of you getting sick or a disease which increases the costs of health care to the rest of us.
It’s time for people to start thinking out of the box before it is too late.