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Published: Thursday, July 11 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

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airnaut
Everett, 00

Waste not,
Want not.

KDave
Moab, UT

That is what Govt. does best. Waste.

Ultra Bob
Cottonwood Heights, UT

The people who grow, process and/or sell food don’t really care about whether people waste it or eat it, only that they buy it.

Any thing that increases the consumption of food is good for the food industry. Using every trick and scam is not beyond the morality of the sellers. TV commercials, billboards, coupon deals, farmers markets, school lunch, smells, and testimonials are only a part of the agenda. All, of course perfectly legal, mostly.

Schools should do their best to provide the student with the environment and wellbeing to foster learning. They should do it efficiently so as to not transfer too much of the needs of the outside world as costs to the education process. Take-home-food will add to the school lunch program without any benefit to the learning process.

When I joined the Navy, heaven was a big sign that said “Take all you want, but eat all you take”. I followed that admonition to the letter. Children should be made to follow the same rule.

SG in SLC
Salt Lake City, UT

@airnaut

"Waste not, want not" was a great quote by Benjamin Franklin, though many people today do not really understand its original, historical meaning - specifically, that if one does not waste, then one will not "want" (the meaning here being "lack" or "go without").

@KDave

I have personally witnessed some extremely efficient government entities, and some extremely wasteful private businesses. I guess that what I am saying is that broad stereotypes about perceived shortcomings of government are not very useful (unless, perhaps, they were intended for comic effect).

@Ultra Bob

While I find you viewpoint pretty cynical, I would say that it is also not without some merit, particularly with regard to fiscal responsibility.

Monsieur le prof
Sandy, UT

I wish I could say that I had seen some efficient government entities, but I have not. This is why companies like to get government contracts! The food program is like most government ideas: it has a seemingly good moral purpose, but runs amok with rules and regulations and cost overruns, with little or no oversight. That's what is so frightening about Obamacare. Except that we've already seen what a financial and social disaster that will be.

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