The Executive Director of the Washington Potato Commission, Chris Voigt is conducting an only potato diet of a hunger-strike in order to raise awareness that potatoes as nutrition are no longer part of the Woman Infant Child program.
The “potato-striker” targets the United States Department of Agriculture. He explains: "The USDA is trying to restrict potatoes in school lunch program, it restricted them in Women Infant Children program. It's really disturbing for a lot of people. They don't like that type of infringement by the government of essentially taking out a great healthy vegetable."
In the two following two months, potatoes will represent Voigt’s only nutrition. He aims to demonstrate that potatoes so healthy that it is possible to live of them alone without facing health damage consequences. Nevertheless the striker does not recommend followers to have this special diet.
His wife supports Voigt and created dishes like potato ice-cream or potato juice to make the one-sided diet bearable. Already a reduction of 12 pounds of body weight is the consequence of 23 days potato dieting. Voigt states that his physical condition is in a very good state. Mentally, however, he reports to have a hard time.
Voigt’s extraordinary diet plan gets appreciation as the man consequently fights for what he believes in.