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Jul 18, 2014 18:20:51   #
AuntiE Loc: 46th Least Free State
 
As I seem to be doing grocery issues today, this one should be fun. :lol: :lol: :lol:

http://townhall.com/tipsheet/leahbarkoukis/2014/07/18/with-nations-school-lunches-fundamentally-transformed-michelle-o-eyes-talking-shopping-carts-n1863599

Nanny State Targets Grocery Stores

After having made her mark on school lunches, you know, replacing mac n’ cheese for quinoa salad thereby leaving kids across the nation hungry and unhappy, first lady Michelle Obama is moving on to bigger and better things, it seems.

Via The Washington Free Beacon:

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is suggesting major changes to grocery stores to “nudge” Americans to purchase healthier foods when they shop.
The agency commissioned an “expert panel” to make recommendations on how to guide the more than 47 million Americans on food stamps into spending their benefits on fruits and vegetables.

The group released an 80-pagereportthis month presenting their ideas, which include talking shopping carts and a marketing strategy for grocery chains that would feature better store lighting for healthier items.

To encourage Americans, including food stamp recipients, to purchase and eat healthier foods, USDA has come up with a few suggestions, including “SNAP-Ed cooking classes,” and consultations with dieticians in grocery stores, a point system whereby shoppers could receive perks like movie tickets for buying healthy food, and of course, the talking shopping cart:

The “MyCart grocery cart” would provide dividers for shoppers to make sure they are selecting enough items in each “MyPlate” category, the USDA’s food icon.
“MyCart is a nonfinancial approach that would use behavioral economics to encourage healthier purchases by any consumer, including SNAP participants,” the report said.

The cart would be color-coded, physically divided, and have a system installed so that when the shopping cart reaches its healthy “threshold” it would congratulate the customer.

“The algorithm would group the purchases to classify them using the MyPlate designations and to provide consumers with a message of support or encouragement (e.g., “You achieved a MyCart healthy shopping basket!”),” the report said.

And the cost? Oh, a measly $30,000 for every store.

Whether or not you’ll find yourself using a talking shopping cart in the near future remains to be seen. More likely, shoppers will be confronted with one of the agency’s other, more realistic nanny state marketing schemes, which is sure to make Michelle O happy.

The USDA said the ideas are “intended to change the choice architecture of the food retail environment to make healthier choices more prominent,” which is in line with first lady Michelle Obama’s stated second term agenda to “impact the nature of food in grocery stores.”

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Jul 19, 2014 02:33:27   #
Rdjarhead Loc: Oklahoma
 
They shouldn't be able to buy anything that is labeled snack food or soda

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Jul 19, 2014 08:32:47   #
rhodaunit Loc: Holland, Iowa
 
If she wants to make food healthier, get rid of GMO's, for starters.

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Jul 19, 2014 10:02:31   #
permafrost Loc: Minnesota
 
rhodaunit wrote:
If she wants to make food healthier, get rid of GMO's, for starters.



rhodaunit, you and rd are both so very right...and whoever came up with the cart idea should write cartoons for kids... :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

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Jul 19, 2014 10:40:15   #
Unclet Loc: Amarillo, Tx
 
AuntiE wrote:
As I seem to be doing grocery issues today, this one should be fun. :lol: :lol: :lol:

http://townhall.com/tipsheet/leahbarkoukis/2014/07/18/with-nations-school-lunches-fundamentally-transformed-michelle-o-eyes-talking-shopping-carts-n1863599

Nanny State Targets Grocery Stores

After having made her mark on school lunches, you know, replacing mac n’ cheese for quinoa salad thereby leaving kids across the nation hungry and unhappy, first lady Michelle Obama is moving on to bigger and better things, it seems.

Via The Washington Free Beacon:

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is suggesting major changes to grocery stores to “nudge” Americans to purchase healthier foods when they shop.
The agency commissioned an “expert panel” to make recommendations on how to guide the more than 47 million Americans on food stamps into spending their benefits on fruits and vegetables.

The group released an 80-pagereportthis month presenting their ideas, which include talking shopping carts and a marketing strategy for grocery chains that would feature better store lighting for healthier items.

To encourage Americans, including food stamp recipients, to purchase and eat healthier foods, USDA has come up with a few suggestions, including “SNAP-Ed cooking classes,” and consultations with dieticians in grocery stores, a point system whereby shoppers could receive perks like movie tickets for buying healthy food, and of course, the talking shopping cart:

The “MyCart grocery cart” would provide dividers for shoppers to make sure they are selecting enough items in each “MyPlate” category, the USDA’s food icon.
“MyCart is a nonfinancial approach that would use behavioral economics to encourage healthier purchases by any consumer, including SNAP participants,” the report said.

The cart would be color-coded, physically divided, and have a system installed so that when the shopping cart reaches its healthy “threshold” it would congratulate the customer.

“The algorithm would group the purchases to classify them using the MyPlate designations and to provide consumers with a message of support or encouragement (e.g., “You achieved a MyCart healthy shopping basket!”),” the report said.

And the cost? Oh, a measly $30,000 for every store.

Whether or not you’ll find yourself using a talking shopping cart in the near future remains to be seen. More likely, shoppers will be confronted with one of the agency’s other, more realistic nanny state marketing schemes, which is sure to make Michelle O happy.

The USDA said the ideas are “intended to change the choice architecture of the food retail environment to make healthier choices more prominent,” which is in line with first lady Michelle Obama’s stated second term agenda to “impact the nature of food in grocery stores.”
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My goodness, does everything have to be so difficult - just limit the kinds of items that can be purchased with Food Stamps to "Healthier Choices". Probably should be limited to bulk flour, sugar, beans, etc. plus condiments.

Limit the amount you can spend daily, and change given back will be in like kind (Food Stamps), ie you can't use a $20 dollar food stamp to buy a $1.48 can of beans and get change back in US Dollars.

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