Kraft wants legislation to reduce the aging requirements for parmesan. Again. (Via The Food Section.) First of all, suprised to learn that the FDA actually has appelation controlee-type standards for American cheeses that imitate Italian ones to begin with. I started to get indignant, but decided that if you choose to buy parm in a green can, getting fussy about aging times might be a bit like talking about the impact of terroir on your bottle of Cisco. In general though, it is always concerning when the definition of words can be changed by lobbying, and even more so the presumption that you could do so. Perhaps we need a new cabinet position -- Secretary of Semiotics.