Do you think this plan to 'prescribe' money to be used at farmer markets will help make Americans more healthy?
Considering that the obesity problem in this country is of "epidemic" proportions, it only makes sense to look at whether there are any solutions that might involve the medical community. What if doctors were to write prescriptions for fresh fruits and vegetables instead of for medicine?
The organization Wholesome Wave bets that a patient with a poor diet and little money will be much more interested in eating right if he or she gets a doctor's slip worth $1 a day to be redeemed only at a farmers' market. Not only does the doctor's intervention let patients know that their health is threatened by diet-related issues, the free cash will motivate a corrective action.
Since it doesn't involve the government banning or compelling people /to do anything they don't choose to regarding their own bodies on the taxpayer dime, I'm not against it. I just think its kind of a doofy idea of the social engineering school of thought that makes me kind of cringe.
I think the biggest plus for this program is helping small, local farmers and ma/pa markets get more business...the health angle is nice, but this:
"many in the circle felt this type of program could produce a massive positive change in eating habits if implemented broadly."
That's just not going to happen, not with this program. Certainly can't hurt the situation, though.
On Thursday 8/19/10 - 12:35:17 AM Absynth wrote: Since it doesn't involve the government banning or compelling people /to do anything they don't choose to regarding their own bodies on the taxpayer dime, I'm not against it.
Huh. To me it sounded like it is (at least in part) on the taxpayer dime. Either that or the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources has a very misleading name for a non-governmental organization.
Well sh*t, I missed that bit.
I'm still leaning towards "it couldn't hurt", since it could potentially help small non-corporate local businesses. I'm baffled that the people who set this up seem to consider that kind of a mere afterthought in the shadow of the health angle.
I really hate to bust out with that term 'Nanny State' but...really. It kinda smacks of it.
Well, it might help bring farmers' market prices back down to reasonable. Though at the market here you can also get a lot of prepared food from food carts/stands. I'm not sure any of that is particularly healthy.