Consumer Protection and regulation is a huge area that we as a country are really hit or miss about. We have certain regulations that are set honestly, kind of low. This is because we a re a huge market and company based country, obviously, so there are places where our government can not go in and step on company toes if they are at least meeting our semi-safe regulations. While this balance is so important to our country because it is at the very core of our belief system, sometimes, it fails us. The articles posted about this area were quite interesting but I love seeing and reading about the nutritional changes that have been occurring within our national school lunch programs. I think that as a student (consumer at the time) of our school lunches, they sucked. I mean the food was pretty decent tasting, but nutritionally speaking, they sucked. I would have these like cheesy mozzarella sticks and an apple EVERYDAY for lunch when I bought lunch at school and that was decent compared to the nachos and pizza my friends all scarfed down. This was high school, I remember in middle school it was pizza everyday for me as well. Being in school studying nutrition and actually planning to go into the education nutrition world outside of college this is terrifying to me. I get that kids do not want to eat their veggies and whole wheat can taste drier, but installing children with not only the opportunity to eat healthy, fulfilling foods everyday if they cannot at home is huge, but knowing that those children are also getting some sort of nutrition education that will help them all the way through life is fantastic. The whole vending machine process that is being set up right now and implemented is huge because if you put a vending machine in a middle school, without the kid’s parent, you know that kid is going to choose the bag of Cheetos over the trail mix every single time. When I was a student in school I was not as protected as the students now, and hopefully the students of the future will be even more protected than they are now. The USDA is doing such a good job working with the National School Lunch Program, and Michelle and Barack Obama made such a great contribution to all of this through the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act.
The time article on suicide by plane has two interesting ideas, but one of these will only serve to understand the crash rather than prevent it. Putting a camera in the cockpit could be a good idea for company policy to prevent liability as well, and preventing the problem by requiring two pilots could save lives and money, so a legal angle for those ideas may not even be needed. Many drivers in Russia use dashcams to simplify insurance problems due to an accident.
Food consumption is always going to be a hard thing to take care of, many people (including myself) dont pay enough attention to what they eat. Even with all of the information widely available on nutrition labels and websites like the FDA link about salt consumption.
Michelle Obama’s lunch program may have been targeted at improving the lunch served to students, but it made the situation worse in many states which were underfunded or caught off guard (http://www.npr.org/2017/05/01/526451207/trump-administration-rolls-back-2-of-michelle-obamas-signature-initiatives). Though i dont like most things that the Trump Administration does, giving states exemptions for certain parts of the law so that they can provide better options is a good thing.