I don't get it. Whether it's regulatory agencies, research agencies, or problem-solving agencies, they normally get it wrong, and yet many people want to give these guys more power.
Case in point: The Food and Drug Administration requires skim milk to be fortified with synthetic vitamins A and D if it is to be sold across state lines as a milk product. Failure to add the vitamins requires the milk to carry an "imitation milk" or "imitation milk product" on the label. You can't make this stuff up.
And yet the FDA allows labels that indicate milk that have nothing to do with a cow: Rice Milk, Soy Milk, Coconut Milk.
Thankfully, the South Mountain Creamery in Middletown, Maryland, filed a lawsuit against the FDA April 5 in U.S. District Court, Harrisburg, PA due to enforcement actions regarding this ridiculous rule. If I skim off the cream, I have to add A and D or it's suddenly imitation milk? A fiction writer could not make up something this asinine, and yet it is just one of many things the government does to the food system that obviates the obvious.
Government involvement should always be a last resort, not a first resort. Getting the government out of the food business is probably the best starting point for returning sanity to our food system.
What's the most ridiculous government rule you've ever encountered?