17 January, 2006

An Apple a Day...

Every once in a while I stumble across a quote so succinct, and so much in keeping with my view of the world that I just want to memorise it and share it with others.

Today's NZ Herald carried an article about how the official Australian and New Zealand food regulatory body are proposing changing standards so that apples will be classed as unhealthy. Yes, you read that right. We've all been brought up on the wisdom that eating fruit is good for you. Not so, apparently. Too much natural sugar in apples it seems. Riiight. Next they'll be telling us that breathing air and drinking water is inadvisable.

The full article if you care to read it is here, but the bit that really appealed to me is that one of the objectors to this proposed new standard casting the innocent apple as the new food-to-avoid, had this to say:

"Politicians and legislators - when the only tool they've got is a hammer, everything looks like a nail."

Isn't that just so true?

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