We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
the reporter has obviously missed the obvious and doesn’t know how to use GOOGLE. No one knows what causes cancer. The causal mechanism and etiology are unknown. Anybody that tells you this or that causes cancer or this or that will prevent or cure cancer is BSing you.
Here are the facts. In 1971 the National Cancer Institute was tasked to find the cause of cancer and they confidently predicted they would find the cause within 5 years, by 1976. Well, have you ever seen the NCI announce they have discovered the cause of cancer? The answer is no. The last time I checked they were confidently predicting they would discover the cause of cancer by 2015. Look at this NCI website, the next to last paragraph http://training.seer.cancer.gov/disease/war/ .
One day coffee is good for you; the next day, it's bad. Now they're picking on aslpirins. It wasn't too long ago that we were advised to take one every day to thin our blood. Whoever said, "Moderation in everything, including moderation", probably had it right.
The big issue here is presumption: how presumptuous is a legislator that would even consider oppressing us through the medium of our food?
They got the idea that they could regulate trans fat from the tobacco cave-in. They got the idea they could regulate salt by getting away with demonizing trans fat. Meat is next. "They" being nanny-fascists of many stripes.
Keep an eye on Canada and (used to be) Great Britain. They are only too far on the nanny-fascist path.