NEW FOOD PYRAMID!….First there were four food groups. Then there was the more complicated but (presumably) more accurate food pyramid. Today the Agriculture Department unveiled a new food pyramid incorporating colors rather than actual words and pictures. In fact, it unveiled 12 new food pyramids. Here’s the explanation:

[Agriculture Secretary Mike] Johanns said the 1992 pyramid had “become quite familiar, but few Americans follow the recommendations.”

I realize that the boffins who created this are fully expecting uninformed mockery from people like me, but really, what do they expect? Few Americans were following the old recommendations, so the solution is to make new recommendations that are even more complex and difficult to understand? Does that make any sense?