In Address, Sid Miller Defends His War On the War On Obesity
Texas Agriculture Commission
With Ken Paxton’s nascent attorney general administration making headlines on an almost daily basis, it can be easy to forget about the caricature that is Sid Miller.
Here are some highlights from Miller’s first six months at Texas Agriculture Commissioner:
In his first official act, Miller granted “amnesty” to cupcakes, claiming state rules that had once banned cupcakes from public school classrooms had been repealed. Then former Agriculture Commissioner Susan Combs stepped up to basically say Miller had misinterpreted the policy.
During the recently-ended legislative session, Miller begged the legislature to restore funding to his department that he’d helped cut when he was a state lawmaker. While lobbying his former colleagues Miller was even told to leave center floor of the House chamber – a spot reserved for current House members.
And while nutritionists heralded a new federal report on dietary guidelines that urged Americans to eat more veggies and less sugar and red meat, calling it a step in the right direction to reducing alarming obesity levels across the country, Miller, of course, saw federal overreach. He slammed the report and urged Texans to eat more steak and drink more sweet tea.
Then, in April, Miller announced his plan to end the longstanding statewide ban on deep fat fryers in public school cafeterias. He claimed the move to put fatty foods back in schools “isn’t about french fries, it’s about freedom.”
So naturally, in Miller’s first State of Agriculture address yesterday, he doubled down on his war on the war on obesity. “The problem we have is not serving healthy foods, but instead of having healthy children we have healthy trash cans,” Miller said, according to the Texas Tribune. Among other things, Miller also announced at his address that he’s joining Paxton in his lawsuit against the EPA’s new rule expanding what’s protected under the Clean Water Act.
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