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When you realize that just a few years ago Congress proclaimed that pizza is a vegetable, some of us remember once again that Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson was spot on when he said, "When you are scientifically literate, the world looks different to you." Will we witness the new Congress to try to involve itself in issues of nutrition science just as did the Congress of 2013? Back in the summer of 2013 Congress's lobbyists consided discrimination against the potato to be lurking in the aisles of fairness.These lobbyists were pushing Congress to require that the white potato become a WIC food. The WIC community, public health, and anti-hunger organizations began pushing back and opposing these efforts for reasons of science. Congress's attempt to intervene in the health standards in the WIC package revealed how different the world looked to it from the world that the scientist was seeing, particularly a nutritionist or physician. Congress's potato battle to put the potato back into the WIC packages for women and children shows how scientifically illiterate a group of 20 senators really was. This scientifically illiterate group of senators had caused nearly 100 nonprofit health and science organizations — including the American Pediatric Association, the American Medical Association, the National PTA and the March of Dimes — to join one another and ask Congress to stay out of nutrition scientific matters. These health and science organizations were motivated to join one another because they knew that WIC packages are packages of food that were going to be used frequently by families. And the frequent use of such packages must provide two things: they must contain foods that are safe and do not cause disease and they must be inexpensive. Congress was sure of one thing: the potato fits the bill primarily because it is a cheap and afforable food. In fact, it is one of the cheapest foods to grow. But, the fact that is does cause disease is a whole other point that the twenty senators didn't bother to consider. Who of the recent elected senators to Congress in November of 2014 were on that 2013 list? Interesting question:

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