Thursday, February 15, 2007

CIA blog tackles trans fat and foie gras bans and worries about Big Brother

The CIA blogging about the dangers of Big Brother? In what universe? But it's true: The CIA's own blog, Insight from the Inside, took on proposed trans fat and foie gras bans in a post titled "Trans Fat Ban in NYC, Foie Gras Ban in Chicago - Is Big Brother Watching?"

It all makes a little more sense when you realize that the CIA blog in question is written by the students, faculty and alumni of the Culinary Institute of America, the famous institution of higher learning for the future chefs of America.

The post gives some background on the issues and quotes some student reaction. It also presents the results of an informal poll of 100 students.
On the subject of foie gras, most students felt it was not a health issue, but rather a moral one. One said, "Foie gras is flat out animal cruelty." Another felt PETA should find larger issues to address.

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42% For the trans fats ban in NYC.
58% Against the trans fats ban in NYC.
35% For the foie gras ban in Chicago.
65% Against the foie gras ban in Chicago.
29% Think the government should have more controls in what restaurants serve to the public.
71% Think the government should not have more controls in what restaurants serve to the public.
96% Think obesity is a serious problem in this country.
4% Think obesity is not a serious problem in this country.
60% Want more governmental efforts in controlling obesity in this country.
40% Would not want more governmental efforts in controlling obesity in this country.
In the words of Insight from the Inside, "This is what the industry leaders of tomorrow think…"

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