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Friday, June 13, 2008

Is Charlie Gibson a Communist?

Last night Gibson's World News Tonight had a feature on the salmonella tomato scare, from which nobody has died. Why is it so hard to trace where the tomatoes came from? I thought, "Yeah, barcode every tomato, ha ha," and they suggested precisely that. Undoubtedly, such a federal plan would be ruinous for small farmers, just as the National Animal Identification System would be, and raise the price of food all the more.

"Prevention" and "protect the consumer" programs have unseen opportunity costs. For every case of food poisoning prevented, there will be a cost that will probably cause 1000 children to go hungry or malnourished.

And if central control of the food supply isn't communism, what is?

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