Government are at it again. This time using Pavlovian conditioning to "prompt" culture change with our eating habits.

Food Rationing

'The Second World War and the concept of rationing is something we need to seriously consider if we are to address the scale of the problem we face' (Quote from The Telegraph!)

"The only things you can get with your vouchers are milk, fresh fruit, fresh vegetables and infant formula milk. Many shops have a big range – so there's plenty to choose from."

Families are to get £50 vouchers for buying food, and government will of course get to choose what you an buy. Fortunately there is some sense in it, soya formulae are not part of the scheme, but the government says that formula milk is the only alternative to breast milk. Of course, at the Weston A Price Foundation we promote raw whole milk with added cod liver oil.

But where is the meat? What will families do with a bunch of veg and no steak, no liver, no butter or beef drippings. They will of course be malnourished.

Worse still, this is a big brother type scheme. This is what they say about storing your information "We will not keep any information about you on this website, but once you apply for Healthy Start, we will of course need to keep your details and share them with other organisations we work with". Note, that the scheme is being underwritten by multinational food giants, including Nestle and Mars and the Asda supermarket chain, which is of course owned by Wal-Mart.

And then there is the cost. These  five million vouchers, at £50 each, are worth £250 million. Of course, we must also pay for the bureaucracy, so this is very inefficient, and why not just give child tax credits so that parents can spend money as they wish? Well, they couldn't track and control all your purchases if they simply let you have your own money could they?

And this could in future be expanded to be used for food rationing. We have for example seen Southern Cross University trial a scheme of carbon rationing where credits will be used to reduce fat intake in a person's diet. Here is a BBC article "Should we bring back rationing?" Lard is singled out as something that we had less of during rationing, and they claim this is a good thing.

"The author Philip Pullman told a newspaper last year that he advocated WWII-style rationing for environmental reasons."

British scientists at the latest climate change conference in Cancun were out toeing the party line, promoting rationing of food and energy, as reported by the Telegraph. We certainly have energy rationing by the back door now via ludicrous prices. Soon to come with food?

I could look for more on this, but the fact is that government has decided the nutrition policy, which was in fact handed down from the World Health Organization, this being the low fat, high carb approach which actually causes obesity, and they intend to use public policy to force us in that direction. Hopefully we can move towards being powerful enough to campaign against these interventions and, at the very least, destroy the concept that cholesterol and saturated fats are bad.

Philip Ridley is London Chapter Leader of the Weston A Price Foundation. He is running the Foundation's "Wise Traditions" conference in London, on Saturday 26th March 2011 (

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