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Old 11-19-2011, 07:24 AM   #1
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Where's the logic - Pizza is a Vegetable?

The U.S Congress has passed the bill: "The joint House-Senate agriculture spending bill" declaring Pizza as a vegetable. The reason pizza can get away with being classified as a vegetable is the fact that the two tablespoons of tomato paste is enough for Congress to make the distinction .

http://www.thejournal.ie/us-congress...82033-Nov2011/
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American lawmakers have ruled that the amount of tomato paste in pizza sauce means that pizzas can be counted as a vegetable.
Actually anything containing two tablespoons of tomato sauce can be labelled a vegetable but the newspapers know how to spin a headline.

The frozen food industry (American Frozen Food Institute/AFFI) certainly got good value for there money spent on lobbying the politicians.

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MSNBC reports that politicians had been lobbied heavily by the frozen food industry who didn’t want to see a major revenue stream cut off given how often pizza is found on the menus of school canteens in the US.
http://www.mikeroweworks.com/2011/11...g-to-congress/

http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch...meal-standards

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The bill bars the Department of Agriculture from putting in place tough new standards that are scheduled to go into effect next year. The spending bill would classify tomato paste on pizzas as a vegetable, eliminate limitations which keep potatoes and other starchy vegetables to two servings per week and weaken restrictions on sodium.

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Old 11-19-2011, 08:00 AM   #2
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money > health

They had tried this before. A bit different of a circumstance. Ketchup as a vegetable.

The Republican controlled congress must be reminiscing a little too much about Reagan. I guess you can legislate nutrition, but you can't legislate intelligence.
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Old 11-19-2011, 10:06 AM   #3
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You may not be able to legislate intelligence but you can legislate its use it seems. Of course this is the same government that allows Vitamin C to be classed as a drug (if I understand it right) so what can you expect? Actually with the potential debate this topic could generate you might want to see if this can be moved to politics and religion.
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Old 11-19-2011, 10:18 AM   #4
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It's already there. http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=157464
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Old 11-19-2011, 10:35 AM   #5
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This thread is now closed. Please continue the discussion in the existing thread in the Politics & Religion forum, http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=157464.

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