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Your Health & Wellness, Iss #70 -- America's Modern Food Agenda (hidden in plain sight)
May 08, 2011

(Guide to a Healthy Lifestyle)

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America's Modern Food Agenda (hidden in plain sight)


America's Modern Food Agenda (hidden in plain sight)

I know it is the nature of man to explore, study, and seek to improve the way things are done. We should strive to find through science and technology better ways to transport ourselves, do a given job, or to feed more people.

Seeking better methods and improving processes applies to the food industry too. But, unlike manufacturing jobs, transportation, or computer technology, an additional factor should be taken into consideration - the short and long term effect on human health.

The quality of our food determines whether our bodies will be able to fight infectious and chronic diseases like cancers, heart disease, influenza. Will the food supply the raw materials required to repair, build, and maintain cells? And, more importantly, is it something that the body recognizes?

Your body recognizes whole food based derivatives such as the natural sweetener stevia and vitamins. It doesn't, however, recognize microwaved food in which the molecules are rearranged, or high fructose corn syrup or aspartame.

Unfortunately, those are not the questions being asked by global food manufacturing conglomerates. Their corporate agenda appears to be cornering the market on specific products and making huge profits.

And to further that agenda, food manufacturers resort to deceptive and manipulative tactics. Anything to keep the public in the dark about the true nature of their products.

Shocking accusations? Yes. But true nevertheless.

Consider the factory-farming of cows, chickens, and pigs. Look behind the veil of GMOs (genetically modified organisms.) Or how about "super-glued" meat being deceptively marketed as prime cuts?

And this is not to mention the tons of artificial sweeteners (high fructose corn syrup, aspartame, sucralose) added to almost all processed foods.

Although there are hundreds of studies revealing the negative health effects of these modern food technologies, manufacturers plow full steam ahead regardless. And they are aided and abetted by government agencies charged with protecting the consumer. The pursuit of the "almighty buck" allows no conscience or concern.

And as far as peer-reviewed or disturbing animal studies are concerned, the European Union (EU) takes a slightly different approach than the United States. These studies dictate their course of action on behalf of their citizens.

The European Union has banned meat glue and genetically modified organisms altogether. Apparently they are concerned about their citizens. Doesn't say much for our government does it?

And these dastardly practices seem to be ubiquitous. The alert consumer has to search high and low and very carefully for food that isn't "fake" or artificial. Not only does he have to be nutrition-label saavy, he also has to be part detective. The consumer must determine the practices of the farmer in regards to how he raises his animals and grows his crops.

Alas for the simpler times of by-gone days. I am talking about pre-GMOs, pre-super glued meat, pre-factory farming, pre-artificial sweeteners, pre-pesticides and herbicides, and on and on and on.

Today's food is guaranteed to put the average consumer on a one way track to long term health problems, and a life-long customer of the pharmaceutical industry through prescription drugs.

Our food is the primary reason for the explosion in obesity, Alzheimer's disease, heart disease, and cancer. Scientists tells us that this generation of children are destined to precede their parents in death. And it's all due to lifestyle choices of which food is a major factor.

The only thing food manufacturers recognize is consumer spending. As long as they keep their true agenda hidden through conflict of interest with government agencies (the fox is guarding the hen house) things will remain status quo - nothing will change.

The consumer must become enlightened and demand change. That can only be done through their purse strings. Refuse to buy this health destroying, laboratory-devised "food" and the manufacturer will stop marketing it.

Right now food manufacturers have no incentive to change. Why should they? Their profit margins are literally exploding and show no signs of slowing down.

What can you as an individual do? Take time out of your busy schedule and prepare meals at home. Buy more fruits and vegetables replacing junk foods (cereals, baked goods such as potato chips and store bought cakes.) Find a local farmer who allows his animals to freely range outdoors (grass-fed and free-ranged.)

Shop only the outer peripheral of your local supermarket where the produce is located. All junk, snack, and processed foods are located in the inner section.

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