Pay families to cook at home?
Should we pay people to reacquaint themselves with the stovetop?
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Here's some red meat for the "nanny state" folks out there.
Nutrition educator and freelance food journalist, Kristin Wartman, argues in a New York Times Op-Ed that we should pay people to cook healthy meals at home:
To get Americans cooking, we need to make it possible. Stay-at-home parents should qualify for a new government program while they are raising young children — one that provides money for good food, as well as education on cooking, meal planning and shopping — so that one parent in a two-parent household, or a single parent, can afford to be home with the children and provide wholesome, healthy meals.
Wartman suggests paying for the program with a tax on sugary drinks and other "harmful foods", like highly processed snacks.
With Congress knee-deep in a battle over whether to cut the food stamps program by $4 billion or $20 billion, it's hard to imagine this proposal getting any actual traction.
But on its merits, what do you think?
There's lots of evidence that cooking at home and cooking from scratch is a) good for you, b) good for families, and c) increasingly rare.
So how to reverse the trend? Is the renewed focus on nutrition, fighting obesity, and "eating local" starting to do it already? Is it a fight not worth fighting, a product of our modern world? Should this be left to individuals to figure out their life choices? Or…should we pay people to reacquaint themselves with the old fashioned stove and oven?
Tags: cooking, health, nutrition, obesity