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Eggs, Nutrition and Politics

If you have any doubts that you have been given bad nutritional advice due to politics, this article ought to set the record straight:

"Peter Atwater points us to this 1960s relic from U.S. president Lyndon B Johnson's own battle with inflation, as recounted on page 96 of Robert Samuelson’s The Great Inflation and its Aftermath:

Shoe prices went up, so LBJ slapped export controls on hides to increase the supply of leather. Reports that color television sets would sell at high prices came across the wire. Johnson told me to ask RCA's David Sarnoff to hold them down. Domestic lamb prices rose. LBJ directed [Defense Secretary Robert] McNamara to buy cheaper lamb from New Zealand for the troops in Vietnam. The President told the Council of Economic Advisers and me to move on household appliances, paper cartons, news­ print, men's underwear, women's hosiery, glass containers, cellulose, and air conditioners…

When egg prices rose in the spring of 1966 and Agriculture Secretary Orville Freeman told him that not much could be done, Johnson had the Surgeon General issue alerts as to the hazards of cholesterol in eggs."

Now if we can just find a way to increase the price of wheat...