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News 2011/10/06 18:44:10
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Looks like France has done it again. First, French feminists wanted to get rid of the word "mademoiselle" and now the country is banning ketchup in school cafeterias. Ketchup! Do they even realize how delicious that tomato-flavored sauce is? Just what do they think they're going to dip their French fries in?!

OK. Sorry. We had to get that out of our system.

But seriously, in order to promote healthy eating, the French government has recently banned ketchup from school cafeterias -- that includes college -- nationwide. Though you can't put the tomato-based condiment on your cafeteria beef or veal any longer, one thing the government has made an exception for is -- surprise, surprise -- French fries. We wonder how the heck they're going to regulate that.

Jacques Hazan, who is the president of the Federation of School Pupils' and College Students' Parents Councils, calls the new rule a "victory." And others believe that the country has set a great example. "France must be an example to the world in the quality of its food, starting with its children," Bruno Le Maire, the agriculture and food minister in the country, said.

In addition to the ketchup ban, the new rules demand school officials to cut down on fatty foods and use more vegetables, fruit and dairy in their everyday meals.

Do you think France's ketchup ban is a good idea? Should America start implementing something similar?
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  • Merna 2011/10/07 02:02:47
    Smart move
    Merna
    +26
    My school serves Mexican, Pizza, and hamburgers. Every rare now and then there's a salad option, for a side we get to choose between disgusting looking apple sauce or french fries, and we can have all the sugary drinks we want (infinite refills) There is no way in hell this country is in place to judge France, because after all, THIS:

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    Is not as common in France as it is here.

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  • AlexanderBernal 2011/10/07 13:47:50
    So silly
    AlexanderBernal
    +4
    Ketchup and French Fries got married ages ago. What God has joined together, let no Frenchman put asunder.
  • Purple Pinto ~PWCM~JLA 2011/10/07 13:47:41
    So silly
    Purple Pinto ~PWCM~JLA
    +2
    See what happens when the government gets involved in providing meals? They take control of what you can and can't eat.

    Freedoms? Bet they'll remove any reference of what those used to be from the history classes as well.
  • laura 2011/10/07 13:47:37
    So silly
    laura
    +3
    Attempts to regulate and manipulate human behavior that is not infringing on the rights of others is tyranny. Using the police power of the state to restrict the use of a condiment? Absurd.
  • L K 2011/10/07 13:47:18
    So silly
    L K
    +1
    While it is silly, I don't know if I have ever seen a fat French person, so perhaps they know what they are doing.
  • jo 2011/10/07 13:46:32
    So silly
    jo
    +1
    Providing there is no high fructose corn syrup, a little ketchup won't hurt you.
  • laura jo 2011/10/07 14:24:28
    laura
    Actually it can be VERY helpful!! Providing ketchup as a dipper was the only way I could get my son to eat his green beans! He's 16 now, 6ft tall, and not a lb. overweight. Still loves his ketchup, even though we buy the No HFCS kind by Hunt's.
  • Cathy 2011/10/07 13:45:46
    So silly
    Cathy
    +2
    People need to be educated on what things are in food and then make their own decision if they want to eat it or not. There is nothing wrong eating french fries if they are baked instill of frying them in grease. People need to learn to make wise choices. If anything, they need to ban all those sweet sugary so called fruit drinks instead of ketchup! Those drinks are full of sugar. They need to serve fruit drinks that are 100% natural. I think it's really silly to ban ketchup, but that's in France.
  • Groucho Lenin 2011/10/07 13:45:28
    So silly
    Groucho Lenin
    +2
    Quelle merde!
  • Popanator 2011/10/07 13:44:01
  • Ammie S... Popanator 2011/10/07 13:53:48
    Ammie Sigars
    Thanks for making the case against ketchup
  • jewels2012ascend 2011/10/07 13:43:54
    So silly
    jewels2012ascend
    +2
    Lame... Leptein is so important for the diet and ketchup has it ... Yes even hunts has done away with High Fructose Corn Syrup... Tomatoes, reduce inflammation and reduce leptin resistance.. Has LOTS of antioxidants and have a lot of A, C and E within them.. They are a good regimen for anticancer in the area of prostate, ovarian, digestive, asthma assistance ... Lame move to remove it... How about taking the junk out and leaving the ketchup in... They contain lycopene which is awesome for our body.. for men it means less prostate cancer.... This is per a full research study of thousands of men.. It reduces bad LDL cholesterol.... It assists the eyes, helps with osteoporosis, breast and uterus cancer... You have to ask the question why ??? Them leaving French Fries fried in grease instead... Wow, someone got a drive through license at MD school
  • politic... jewels2... 2011/10/07 14:17:36
    politicalsoldier
    +1
    Shhh, the truth doesn't matter to all the little fascist that get off trying to control others. That mean more to them than stopping obesity.
  • politicalsoldier 2011/10/07 13:43:19 (edited)
    So silly
    politicalsoldier
    +6
    Hmm, a socialist nation trying to control every aspect of life and tell you how to live. Nothing new there. The progressives here are trying to ban and tax the same things.

    Wait until socialist ObamaCare fully kicks in and you are on the governments dole. They'll tell you what to eat, how much to walk, and when you're to old to be considered financially viable they'll tell you when to die.
  • laura politic... 2011/10/07 14:26:38
    laura
    Yep ,they'll probably ban using cars when your destination is less than 5 miles away, just to save the environment and force us to get exercise, since we don't know any better for ourselves. Don't forget the fat tax! You KNOW they will charge overweight people more for their single-payer premiums.
  • politic... laura 2011/10/07 14:31:35
    politicalsoldier
    What will they do with all the people they just let die because it'll cost the government too much to treat them? Soylent Green maybe? It's low in sugar! It could replace ketchup! :o)~
  • Shane M... politic... 2011/10/07 15:13:01 (edited)
    Shane Markle
    +3
    Here in Canada we have socialized health care and we wouldn't dare do anything as stupid as this. Don't invent a causal link between plain old stupidity (the French in this case) and something as wonderful as univeral health care. In fact, the French penchant for controlling behaviour (such as with the religious head coverings previously in the news) is actually a *conservative* trait, not a socialist one. Parties and countries with a modern social political bent (as opposed to old school communism) are actually much more liberal as to what the people should be permitted control over in their lives (examples being abortion, marijuana use, prostitution, and yes, euthanasia). Stop and get your facts straight before you continue on that political war, soldier.
  • politic... Shane M... 2011/10/11 14:33:15
    politicalsoldier
    I'm not talking about Canada. I'm talking about ObamaCare. I don't give a rat's ass about Canada. But I'm sorry, the people in Canada come south to the states for treatments because your insanely long waiting periods and your healthcare sucks. The only thing good that ever came out of Canada is Labbatt Blue, Rush, and their military.

    Also, we are not talking about classic liberalism and conservatism. Modern liberalism is statism and Marxism. That happened when the socialist/progressive movement of the late 1800's/early 1900s hijacked the term liberalism to hide behind. The modern conservative movement is in fact small government Libertarianism, or classic liberalism.

    Yes, the modern liberals idea of freedom is to allow you to kill your babies, smoke pot, and buy hookers (such wonderful things that you are proud of), as long as you don't say anything that they deem as politically incorrect or say or do against their statist political agenda and rule, because then they will destroy you. That's your idea of freedom. Sad. Very sad.

    So you go get high, bang a hooker and kill your girlfriend's baby when you knock her up (and give her an STD from your hooker). I'll concentrate on individual freedom and the freedom of thought, speech, ideas, religion, privacy and all those silly things you modern liberals hate.
  • wolfytoo 2011/10/07 13:42:36
    Smart move
    wolfytoo
    why not? It is filled with sugar and the French government is trying to prevent people looking and acting like obese pigs as so many are in America....especially women.
  • politic... wolfytoo 2011/10/07 13:46:13
    politicalsoldier
    +4
    So don't eat ketchup. That's called personal responsibility and individual freedom. You know those things you liberals hate along with facts and truth.
  • jewels2... wolfytoo 2011/10/07 13:51:57
    jewels2012ascend
    +2
    Wow.. Sorry to tell you that men are as much or more obese then females in America. Thank you very much for their beer jams and junk food they eat.. Just as much as females. That seemed to be from you such a chauvinistic statement, you must wear a narrow blinded patch... Its just as important for women to not look at over weight men. Many men seem to think its ok for a man to be overweight while their female is suppose to be a fit model type. its an oxymoron.. If you are an attractive women they expect an attractive man, not necessarily physically only... They say you gravitate towards your own level of attractiveness in the looks department. Meaning you can be average in looks but resemble that same averages, but it is just important for the men of America to shape up or ship out as it is for the women buddy. And as far as I can see it is equal in the obese department hands down... Men seem to think that its ok for them but not for women.. Nope.. Women feel it is important just the same... I am fit and will hands down gravitate to a man who is fit and believe me there are not too many out there... No offense but this obesity is hitting men, women and children.
  • Bob DiN wolfytoo 2011/10/07 13:53:01
    Bob DiN
    The French Perverts have no problem with Golden Showers and drinking urine, but ketchup is a no no. Give me a break.
  • jo wolfytoo 2011/10/07 14:01:11
    jo
    Really?? Did you know some forms of Obesity are genetic? Have you ever studied nutrition and how certain diets work better for some based on their genetics?? A remark like yours is really silly and borders on hurtful. if you live in NY, watch out those crazy dems could land you in jail or fine you heavily based on new laws to control free speech.. As for you, do your research on high fructose corn syrup and who in your democratic party has ties to the corn king who keeps this mercury pollutant in our foods. They have allowed it to be called natural, while it is not. Study how diabetes, congestive heart failure and yes, obesity, is on the rise since its inception in the 70's and then go to your democrats and complain! While you're at it ask them about Monsonto (round up)(yes another creepy company with ties to a democratic senator), genetically modified food and look into the population control out inn Africa with birth control corn. Is it any wonder why number of births have gone down? Yahoo population control, Bill Gates Ted Turner and Obama's health (oxymoran) czars. What they tell you (some repubs, too) is not to be trusted. HFCS is not natural, The French are smart enough to rule that out, but ketchup without HFCS is really silly. Stay safe and look into what you eat. Oh by the way I am a women who is probably in much better shape than you!
  • geegee 2011/10/07 13:41:35
    Smart move
    geegee
    I guess they believe there is too much sugar in ketchup. They don't want their kids turning into diabetics, maybe. Americans love their ketchup. We love to eat a few fries with our ketchup.
  • bklyn.angel 2011/10/07 13:41:22
    So silly
    bklyn.angel
    +3
    Those pricks always think they're the bestand know the best, Cooked tomatoes is supposed to be good for the males prostate and that's what ketchup is!
  • ebitnet 2011/10/07 13:41:10
    So silly
    ebitnet
    +1
    c'est dingue!
  • George-2 2011/10/07 13:39:56
    So silly
    George-2
    +3
    Let the people decide. What'll be next, mustard or mayonnaise?
  • Bunk11 2011/10/07 13:39:53
    So silly
    Bunk11
    +4
    Why can't governments just stick to their job of defending the borders and arresting criminals? Why do people who can't get those two right insist on running every aspect of people's lives? What business is it of government's what people eat?
  • laura Bunk11 2011/10/07 14:31:19
    laura
    It isn't, but any government given the power by a people who are not alert enough to regulate it will resort to tyranny if unopposed.

    “But it is upon the law that socialism itself relies. Socialists desire to practice legal plunder, not illegal plunder. Socialists, like all other monopolists, desire to make the law their own weapon. And when once the law is on the side of socialism, how can it be used against socialism? For when plunder is abetted by the law, it does not fear your courts, your gendarmes, and your prisons. Rather, it may call upon them for help.” Frederick Bastiat from The Law.
  • jmc07806-PWCM-JLA 2011/10/07 13:39:48
    So silly
    jmc07806-PWCM-JLA
    +3
    This is as stupid as stupid can be but rest assured somone will try it in this country (USA) before long just because politicians can't stop themselves from telling us how to live.
  • Bob 2011/10/07 13:39:03
    So silly
    Bob
    +2
    The French are idiots. This just proves it!
  • gbudavid 2011/10/07 13:38:37
    So silly
    gbudavid
    +1
    But the French are lagging way behind in the Food Wars:)
    http://www.straightdope.com/c...
  • sevy 2011/10/07 13:37:50
    Smart move
    sevy
    Ketchup is NOT the problem, it's where you put the ketchup on that is the problem...
    Maybe your fat burger will not be as tasty without ketchup...
  • politic... sevy 2011/10/07 13:46:54
    politicalsoldier
    +2
    You liberals going to ban that too?
  • Bob DiN politic... 2011/10/07 13:54:29
    Bob DiN
    Too bad liberals don't ban themselves.
  • laura Bob DiN 2011/10/07 14:31:42
    laura
    “But it is upon the law that socialism itself relies. Socialists desire to practice legal plunder, not illegal plunder. Socialists, like all other monopolists, desire to make the law their own weapon. And when once the law is on the side of socialism, how can it be used against socialism? For when plunder is abetted by the law, it does not fear your courts, your gendarmes, and your prisons. Rather, it may call upon them for help.” Frederick Bastiat from The Law
  • Bob DiN laura 2011/10/07 16:50:04
    Bob DiN
    Good and valid points.
  • drew 2011/10/07 13:36:15 (edited)
    So silly
    drew
    +2
    Once the children and students eat the "deep fat fried fries" exactly what exercise do they plan to "FORCE ON" the children to partake in order that the fries become healthy for digestion?
    Can anyone say: Big Brother is watching?
    Can anyone honestly say that, socialism creates personal happiness?
    Can anyone say that "soon, this won't come to the USA"?
  • Bob DiN drew 2011/10/07 13:55:44
    Bob DiN
    Liberal/Marxists are hypocrites.
  • drew Bob DiN 2011/10/07 21:06:00
    drew
    They mean well and as the late - great President Ronald Reagan once said: "The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they're ignorant; it's just that they know so much that isn't so" --- this also applies to the social-liberal.
  • Bob DiN drew 2011/10/07 22:23:45
    Bob DiN
    Agreed. However it's hard to believe there are so many slow witted individuals.

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