Thursday, September 29, 2005

The 23rd post meme: "What is the government speech?"

Jennifer at Cookin' in the 'Cuse is a food weblogger and an Episcopal Priest. For several months, I have been following her eating adventures and her commentary on food politics, including such important issues as the recent controversies over redefining organic food. Jennifer invited me to play this game.

Jen of Life Begins at Thirty, who tagged Jennifer and was herself tagged by Jeanne of World on a Plate (all fascinating weblogs and residents of the sidebar), explained the game's rules in an earlier post.

Meme Instructions

1. Delve into your blog archive.

2. Find your 23rd post (or closest to).

3. Find the fifth sentence (or closest to).

4. Post the text of the sentence in your blog along with these instructions. Ponder it for meaning, subtext or hidden agendas...

5. Tag five people to do the same.

The fifth sentence in my 23rd post is a quote from Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg last January:
"What is the government speech?"
This sentence is spot-on perfect as a representative question for U.S. Food Policy. I had to double-check my counting twice, because it seemed to good too be true. You can confirm my counting using the archives. "Government speech" is a technical legal term (see here and here [.pfd] for more on the Supreme Court case from whence it comes). But in the spirit of this meme, we can read the question more broadly. What does the government in our fine democracy have to say on the issues of the day in food policy? Does it say "eat in moderation" or "eat as much as you can"? For whom does the government speak?

Here's my invitation to five weblogs, only a small fraction of the fine ones I might have mentioned. Come play a game.

1. Bitter Greens Journal

2. Accidental Hedonist

3. Tigers and Strawberries

4. Fork and Bottle

5. Calorie Lab

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