Monday, April 30, 2007

Sweet Justice

My wife requests that, as a public service announcement, I blog about one of the great threats to the American way of life happening right now: the bastardization of chocolate! Go to the Don’t Mess With Our Chocolate website to learn more and file a complaint. Time is running out!

The basic facts are that the Chocolate Manufacturers Association (CMA) is lobbying the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to allow them to change the composition of their chocolate. Vegetable fat would replace cocoa butter. Milk substitutes would replace actual milk. Chocolate would then be less aesthetically pleasing as well as less nutritionally sound. The reasons at the heart of this are solely profit-driven, of course.

As unserious as this may sound to some, it’s just another case of industry maximizing profits at the expense of consumer welfare with the complicity of government. Making a stand here is as good a place as any. The power of chocolate may finally make people rise up and say they’re not going to take it any more.

(Above is a photo of an amazing chocolate Mona Lisa, the most incredible image I could find when searching for “chocolate art.”)

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