08 Jun '11, 10pm

What’s wrong with the USDA’s new MyPlate graphic? Plenty

What’s wrong with the USDA’s new MyPlate graphic? Plenty

The collective wisdom in press reports last week was that the USDA's new "easy to understand" ChooseMyPlate image is "better" than the old pyramid . Well, that's not saying much. But it's also completely beside the point. Sure, it's easy to poke fun at how bad the pyramid image was (and I had a ball doing so in my book ), but just comparing images misses the larger issue: that the whole damn exercise of trying to educate the American public with a simple image is beyond pointless -- it's downright insulting. But before I explain, allow me to get a few things about the new image off my chest. First, the website URL tells us a lot: ChooseMyPlate.gov . The words choose and choice -- why are they ringing a bell? Oh yes, they're favorites of the food industry, to remind us that it's really all up to individuals to choose to eat a healthy diet, and that companies provide a wide ...

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