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      10-20-2010, 06:27 PM   #1
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Potatoes: banned

Is it punishment for Idaho exercising 10th amendment rights?

Maybe follow the money. I have heard that a lot of potato growers are not growing potatoes anymore - they are growing corn for ethanol production. I've heard that potato prices have gone up. Maybe the fast food chains have lobbied for something to be done to help keep prices down for the potatoes they use to make french fries. Maybe they don't want to lose some profit margin in the cash cow.

Is this for the purpose of keeping potato prices low by reducing demand? Maybe.

http://www.businessweek.com/lifestyl...ay/644687.html

I like the conspiracy ideas better than any claim of encouraging consumption of other vegetables.
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The potato is the only fruit or vegetable that is excluded from the WIC program. People on public assistance or in school shouldn't eat potatoes. Stick to Cheetos and cheese sandwiches.
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Potatoes are fucking terrible for you, banned or not.
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Potatoes are fucking terrible for you, banned or not.
Are potatoes less healthy than lettuce? How so?
Are potatoes so unhealthy that they should be singled out as the ONLY vegetable to be banned? And not a single fruit is banned.
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Good. Less vodka in the world.
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There's a difference between food stamps (or as they call it now SNAP) and WIC. The WIC program is designed as a nutrition program - not a general feeding program like SNAP. The IOM recommended eliminating white potatoes because their study found that WIC participants are already coming plenty of white potatoes from other sources, so the added supplemental dollars provided through WIC wasn't necessary, thereby freeing up benefits that can be spent on the less-consumed green leafy vegetables.

Personally, I think it's pretty ridiculous to single out potatoes at all. I doesn't send a good message. But the health food/consumer groups lobbied to remove potatoes. I wouldn't be surprised if some of the fresh fruit and vegetable growers lobbied to have potatoes removed as well.
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