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Is The Food We Eat Killing Us?

Are we digging our own graves with our teeth?  Is the food that we eat every day slowly killing us?  When I was growing up, I just assumed that everything in the grocery store was perfectly safe and perfectly healthy.  I just assumed that the government and the big corporations were watching out for us and that they would never allow something harmful to be sold in the stores.  Boy, was I wrong!  Today, the average American diet is extremely unhealthy.  Most of the foods that we all love to eat are absolutely packed with things that will damage our health.  Many of the ingredients that make our foods “taste good” such as fat, salt and sugar can be extremely damaging in large amounts.  On top of that, most processed foods are absolutely loaded with chemicals and preservatives.  The next time you go to the grocery store, just start turning over packages and read the “ingredients” that are being put into our food.  If you have never done this before, you will be absolutely amazed.  In many of our most common foods there are “ingredients” that I cannot even pronounce.  Sadly, most Americans have no idea that eating a steady diet of these processed foods will likely leave them massively overweight, very sick and much closer to death.

Eating healthy takes more time, more effort and more money than eating poorly does.

Unfortunately, most Americans are content to chow down on foods that are quick to make and that taste good.

In particular, Americans are absolutely addicted to foods that are loaded with sugar and high fructose corn syrup.

When you start looking at food product labels, you will find that either sugar or high fructose corn syrup is in almost everything.

For example, I was absolutely amazed when I learned that most bread sold in our grocery stores contains high fructose corn syrup.

Why in the world would they need to put that into our bread?

Today, Americans are consuming far more sugar and high fructose corn syrup than ever before, and this has many health professionals very alarmed.  The following is an excerpt from an article on the website of the Mayo Clinic….

Some research studies have linked consumption of large amounts of any type of added sugar — not just high-fructose corn syrup — to such health problems as weight gain, dental cavities, poor nutrition, and increased triglyceride levels, which can boost your heart attack risk.

But it is not just sweeteners that are a concern.

There are great concerns about much of the meat that we eat as well.

Today, we grow animals much larger than we used to, but it comes at a price.

For example, we pump our cows full of growth hormones and they stand around in piles of their own manure until it is time for them to die.

If many Americans were aware of where the “cheap beef” in their grocery stores really comes from they might just change their eating habits.

Another dramatic change that has happened to our food supply in recent decades has been the rise of genetically modified crops.

In this area, there has been nothing short of a revolution.

In 1996, only about 2% of all soybeans in the United States were genetically modified.  Today, about 90% of all soybeans in the United States are genetically modified.

At this point, approximately 70% of all processed foods in our grocery stores contain at least one ingredient that has been genetically modified.

This is one reason why so many Americans have shifted to an organic diet.  Nobody really knows what the long-term health effects of eating all of this genetically-modified food will be on all of us.

But there are some things that we do know.

For example, if you drink large amounts of soda every day you are going to gain weight and you are likely to damage your health.

Sadly, even though we know this, the average American still consumes over 600 12-ounce servings of soda per year.

Is it any wonder that we have an obesity epidemic in America?

As I wrote about the other day, approximately 36 percent of all Americans are obese.

In fact, the United States has a higher percentage of obese people than any other major industrialized nation does.

All of this obesity helps to explain the dramatic rise that we have seen in diseases such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes in recent years.

Did you know that people living in the United States are three times more likely to have diabetes than people living in the United Kingdom?

It is not a mystery why this is happening.

It is because of our unhealthy diets.

The food we eat is killing us.

We are a nation that is becoming a little less healthy every single day, and this is causing healthcare costs to completely spiral out of control.

According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, health care costs accounted for just 9.5% of all personal consumption back in 1980.  Today they account for approximately 16.3%.

That is an incredible rise.

And health care costs have been rising much faster than the overall rate of inflation.

For example, health insurance premiums have risen three times faster than wages have in the United States over the past decade.

As Americans get sicker, health care will continue to be a “growth industry”.

When we all get sick, what do the doctors do?

They put us all on prescription drugs.

According to the CDC, the percentage of Americans that report that they have taken at least one prescription drug within the last 30 days has risen to almost 50 percent.

In fact, 31 percent of Americans say that they have taken at least two prescription drugs within the last 30 days and 11 percent have taken at least five prescription drugs within the last 30 days.

But what happens when you take prescription drugs?

Well, most of them have nasty little side effects that cause even more health problems.

You know, there is something to be said for going back to a much more natural approach to health.  For example, a recent study found that Amish children have very low levels of asthma and allergies.  The following is from a recent Reuters article….

Amish children raised on rural farms in northern Indiana suffer from asthma and allergies less often even than Swiss farm kids, a group known to be relatively free from allergies, according to a new study.

“The rates are very, very low,” said Dr. Mark Holbreich, the study’s lead author. “So there’s something that we feel is even more protective in the Amish” than in European farming communities.

What it is about growing up on farms — and Amish farms in particular — that seems to prevent allergies remains unclear.

Could the Amish teach the rest of us a thing or two about staying healthy?

That is something to think about.

Another aspect of all this is the packaging that our food comes in.

Chemicals from the packaging our food comes in can often get into our food and have serious health effects as an article by Emily Barrett recently described….

Increasingly, evidence shows that the plastics and wrappers used for packaging can inadvertently leach unwanted chemicals into food. Several recent studies found high levels of bisphenol A – an environmental chemical that can disrupt hormonal processes – in canned foods and in packaged foods for people and pets.

Now, another study suggests that the problems go far beyond just one culprit or one health effect. Among the many toxic chemicals that can migrate from packaging into food are the endocrine disrupting phthalates and organotins and the carcinogen benzophenone. These compounds are heavily used in food packaging and have known health effects, yet are not routinely tested or regulated in food, according to the paper’s author Jane Muncke.*

Although some regulations exist to guarantee safe food packaging, the current system does not address concerns posed by endocrine disrupting chemicals, Muncke explains.* The associated health effects of exposure to hormone altering compounds are many and varied, including immune disfunction, metabolic disorders (diabetes, thyroid) and reproductive problems.

But our story is still not over.

After we are done with our food we throw the packaging in the garbage and most Americans never even think about where it eventually ends up.

Unfortunately, much of it ends up out in the ocean.

In the Pacific Ocean today, there is a toxic stew of plastic and garbage about twice the size of the continental United States that is known as the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch“.

According to a BBC report, there are now 100 times more small plastic fragments in the northeast Pacific Ocean than 40 years ago.

But most of us never even stop and think about how the food we eat is destroying our bodies and the world around us.

Most of us just go through our daily lives assuming that somehow everything is going to be okay.

But the truth is that our food is causing major problems.

Sadly, with each passing year the federal government and the big corporations get even more control over our system of food distribution.

Hopefully more Americans will wake up and will start rejecting the “food” that the system wants to cram down our throats.

We all need to start making better choices.

Growing a garden, eating organic foods and supporting local farmers are some good places to start.

  • Tim

    “When you start looking at food product labels, you will find that either sugar or high fructose corn syrup is in almost everything.”

    Another thing that is in many, many processed food products is hydrogenated fats. The next time you go to a conventional grocery store, go down the aisle that has cookies and crackers and read the labels of as many products as you can. Just about every product on that aisle will contain partially hydrogenated vegetable oil of some kind. It’s usually soybean oil, but cottonseed and canola oil are also commonly found in processed foods. Hydrogenation is the process of turning a fat that is usually liquid at room temperature into one that is a solid at room temperature. Think Crisco! Hydrogenation changes the fatty acids in the oils from their natural cis formation to the unnatural trans formation. Trans fats! Trans fats do exist in nature–conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) is a trans fat but is a healthy trans fat–but man-made trans fats are known to be harmful. However, trans fats aren’t the only problem with hydrogenated fats. The oils that are used to make hydrogenated fats are usually rancid from high-temperature processing in the extraction process, which creates free radicals.

    I personally believe the two worst things that humans consume are hydrogenated fats and high fructose corn syrup. Yet these two things are in so many of the products that people eat.

    • CinnamonGirl

      I do it the old fashioned way and save my bacon and sausage grease to fry in….not Crisco! I’ve had lots of people climb all over me for that one. i hear ***** the heart attacks! ***** the cholesterol!
      Yeah well ******* grease from a farm raised hog with no additives…..sheesh….

      • Gary2

        My wife does this also so you are not alone.

        Did you ever get the Cinnamon Girl song out of your head?? (or did I just put it back there)

  • Larry

    Two weeks ago I was diagnosed with a bone marrow disease. The oncologist at first thought I had Lukemia. After a bone marrow biopsy it was determined to be JAK2 Mutation Positive Myeloproliferative Neoplasm. I told the doctor about drinking diet Pepsi and coke with aspartame artificial sweetner. He told me that aspartame is cancer in a bottle. I stopped drinking and eating foods with artificial sweetner. Hopefully my bone marrow disease will get better.

    • http://earthypoetgrrl.wordpress.com Beth

      I do too, Larry. Be well and God’s best to you!

      • Larry

        Thank you Beth for the kind words and prayers.
        Larry

  • Colin

    Our family has eliminated high fructose corn syrup from our diet. Now, when we eat or drink anything with this syrup, it tastes foul.

    I remember watching a movie called Super Size Me. In the documentary, Morgan Spurlock demonstrates how the size of our portions have changed since the 1950’s. We are eating and drinking more because incrementally we have become accustomed to larger portions.

    I remember watching a movie called Food.Inc. One of the points made in that film is that the diversity and sustainability of our crops is being reduced by major agri-corporations. This is a major concern of scientists.

    http://www.ucsusa.org/food_and_agriculture/science_and_impacts/impacts_genetic_engineering/promoting-resistant-pests.html

    I am aware that my bodily waste contains residue of the anti-depressants I am taking every day. I know, from reading an article at Cracked.com, that I may be impacting the health of fish indirectly. For me, I need the meds to function, yet I may be damaging the environment. I feel it’s a Catch-22.

    Cracked article, “The 6 Weirdest Ways Wild Animals Are Having to Adapt to Us”:

    http://www.cracked.com/article_19608_the-6-weirdest-ways-wild-animals-are-having-to-adapt-to-us.html

    Here is a great chart, Michael, that shows almost all of the groceries that an individual buys is created by ten major corporations through their subsidiaries.

    http://pijamasurf.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/infografico_marcas_controlan_consumes.jpg

    For your question, Michael, I agree with you that our food is killing us, and, through the connections that bind us to our world, our food is killing our world.

    • Gary3

      I remember when a Quarter Pounder was a large burger. Now it seems puny. I once read that an average human body cannot really use more than six ounces of meat in one day. A lot of Americans eat more meat than that at breakfast.

      “Supersize Me” was somewhat deceptive in that Spurlock blamed his weight gain on McDonald’s when he ate 5000 to 5500 Kcalories daily. What else would one expect when consuming twice what a man needs to live on.

      Having too much available food is a very recently encountered problem for mankind.

      • DB200

        Six ounces? That is 170 grams and that is way too much!

        People were designed to live without meat, only after Noah were people allowed to eat meat. Lev. 11 tells you what meat to eat and what not.

    • hecatesmoon

      See…I have a disorder and anti-depressants are all out dangerous for me, but they are in our water, and they are in our eggs and meat! Could it be possible that part of my problem is the consumption of anti-depressants without even meaning to? And really, they are bad for anyone that doesn’t need them so are people suffering effects without realizing it or having any idea why?

  • r.bitting

    Was this article really necessary Michael, why can’t you you let us die in ingnorant bliss?

    • whens dinner?

      Yeah thats what I’m saying. Enjoy your life, if you want a burger, fries and a shake, go for it. The enviroment part of this article certainly sucks. But then again so do cars, planes, nuke plants, off shore drilling, trains,chemical waste, factories, industrial plants, coal burning and everything else.

      • More to it than this

        This is very necessary. It seems trivial, but once you really start putting the pieces together it all starts to make sense. Some things not touched on, but totally related have a major impact on the economy and on the world. The more food we eat, package, ship, the more oil we use. The more people weigh, the more oil they use. Most of the plastics and packaging are made with petroleum as well. Not to mention the distance that food travels now. No wonder people have stopped buying and eating fruit and vegetables so much. In my experience, I have bought produce that looked good, and get it home and the next day it is ready for the garbage. Our food is being gassed to make it look fresh for longer. Also, many of the immigrant Mexican farm workers that have come here illegally in the last 15 or so years have done so because of the free trade agreement that NAFTA signed in the 90’s which made us the major supplier of produce (mainly corn) to Mexico. Okay, so big deal, right? Well, the problem is that Mexico, like many countries including Europe do not allow genetically modified crops to be grown. So, Mexican farmers are growing crops like they have for years, the right way… rotating, saving seeds and such until we started flooding their market with our cheaper GMO crops. People in Mexico are poor, so they buy our cheap produce, the farmers now have no job and they come here to farm our GMO crops that are being sent to Mexico. This is happening all over the world. Young farmers in India are committing suicide because they find themselves dependent on GMO crops the they can only buy from one distributor as well as the pesticide and on top of it, large colonies of honey bees are dying like crazy. No, ignorance is not bliss. This is a major problem, and there’s more to the story, I’m afraid, than any of us will ever know.

  • David H

    Awesome! Thank you Michael! Another problem we have in our food chain is that our land is being depleted of vital minerals and nutrients of which our bodies need every day to function properly. Our food system is relatively new in comparison to our history and technology is moving so quickly once we realize the damage we are causing it is too late to change course. Too many companies and people rely on our food system. The almighty dollar with the thirst for greed will keep us on the path we are on. As far as the pacific garbage patch, which was added to greatly by the recent tsunami in Japan, it’s hard to believe any person on the planet can not realize we live on a finite world in a infinite universe (only God knows it’s boundaries). With 7 billion plus people on the planet we are consuming resources at a pace never seen before in human history! Anyone doubting the end of our planet is blind; the question is not, if it will happen but WHEN!
    Thanks again for the article it was spot on!

  • Antonio Gonzalez

    “Growing a garden, eating organic foods and supporting local farmers are some good places to start.’
    It’s very hard work for american.

    • CinnamonGirl

      If I couldn’t grow it myself there is no way i could afford to buy organic.

  • davidmpark

    No surprises. And found all this out a few years ago, so I’m kinda laughing.

    I do my own experiments. Don’t fully trust ‘authorities'; I want proof.

    Best thing to do now is check your freeze-dried foods. Many of the starches that cause the artery inflammation were in most of them we had – best to deal with it providently. Replace with old-fashioned food storage like wheat, beans, dried and fermented foods, and what-not; replenish with garden, field, and small livestock crops. This is the proven method for over 6000 years; one would think the old-timers knew what they were doing :)

    Also, cook-from-scratch a lot more meals at home and use different methods if time and energy are a concern. For lazy nights we use the double-boiler like folks did in UK during WWII. Works great and no babysitting.

    Remember: heart attacks and strokes are caused, not by cholesterol alone, it’s from arterial inflammation. Fix your diet and live longer.

    • Mustard Seeds

      Excellent comment.

      My family considered buying freeze dried foods for long term storage. We decided not to. It was made with high fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated oils among other things.

      Like the double-boiler idea too.

      Thanks.

  • mark

    Sometimes you need to think before you type. You keep harping about cows standing in their own manure until they die. It is more mud than manure and then you say great things about organic vegetables. The manure that the cows were just standing in was put on the organic garden to help out the soil for the plants. The manure is hay or grass that has gone through the cows composter to break it down fast and grow the cow. Do any of you really think that a rancher gives the cows a bath ever? Every time that you stick your hands in the soil all kinds of tiny little living things are getting on you. You folks that live in the city have no idea how food is grown or raised. If most food was not raised on factory farms with high production, most of you would either starve or pay ten times what you pay for food here in the US. You know the old saying, if you want it done right then you better do it yourself. That means go buy a farm and do the hard work to grow your own food. Instead all of these complaints will just bring on more control by the government and you know where that will take you. Nowhere but more control of people, less freedom and inorder to protect you from all that mean manure on the outside of a cow, more factory ranches with more inspectors to make you feel better. Would it make you feel better if cows were run through a car wash. I don’t think you would like the taste afterwards when all that adrenlin when the cow is scared to death is pumped into the muscles, which is the meat. It is not so tender then. I guess we could all pay $75 A POUND like Kobe beef with all of that personal attention a cow gets with massages and beers and maybe cable TV too.

    • mark

      Sorry about the ranting. If you want to lessen the impact of processed food then cook from scratch, you know home made. Grow a garden with fewer inputs. Buy grass fed beef without growth hormones. All in all people are living much longer with all the pills and the junk that modern life brings with it. Can food from you garden in glass jars. But be forewarned that it is a lot of work and costs a lot more than buying food on sale. Think about something else concerning meat. If you shoot an Elk, you have no idea what has been on the outside if it before you skin it in the woods and pack it out. That is some good meat. Crab is very tasty, yet they eat most of the dead junk on the bottom of the ocean.

      • http://yahoo.com richard swank

        I HAVE TO ADMIT I HAVE NEVER CANNED VEGGIES BUT I HAVE DONE FRUITS. THE FRUIT YOU CAN PROBABLY HAS ABOUT A POUND OF SUGAR IN ABOUT EVERY 8 JARS. AM I WRONG?

      • http://earthypoetgrrl.wordpress.com Beth

        There are several small feed lots near us and the poor bovine DO stand around in mud, muck and their own filth. Its quite sad, but getting quality meat isn’t as hard nor expensive as you might think. Check with a local locker to see if anyone has a cow that that want someone to “go in on”–I could do that three times right now–I think it averages out to like 2.67 a pound for organic, no growth hormone beef cuts such as steaks, ground beef, stews, roasts, etc.
        And three cheers on the shout out for farmers markets! I’m a vendor, and it’s FUN, ties you to the community, and puts you in the middle of people that are becoming a second family of sorts!

        • http://earthypoetgrrl.wordpress.com Beth

          Of course, buying quantity of meat has a big “start up” cost–hundreds of dollars–I think most beef weigh in around 1300 pounds–but buying in reduces the cost to a fraction, and there you go–months/ a year? worth of quality meat, yay, and don’t we talk a lot about PREPPING anyways?:)

        • mark

          Beth, that price would be hanging weight including cut and wrap. You lose weight from bone, fat and other misc. scrap. The price is lower since you have to compete with factory ranches in the market place.

    • CinnamonGirl

      I think most people think about grass fed beef…..you know, happy little cows skipping in the daisies LOL. Not what it looks like inside the barnyard or stalls.

      • CinnamonGirl

        Reminds me….i need to put a couple fluffy white bunnies in my crockpot for tonight…

        • knightowl77

          LOL…

      • mondobeyondo

        Beef – it’s what’s for dinner! (a real ad slogan from a few years ago)

  • El Pollo de Oro

    When I traveled around England and Scotland several years ago, I saw first-hand how much the U.K. is giving The Banana Republic of America (formerly Les Etas Unis) a run for our money in the obesity department. I’ve seen a lot more obesity in the U.K. than I’ve seen in France, Spain, Italy or Portugal, and it isn’t hard to figure out why: the U.K. has been greatly influenced by American eating/drinking habits (a lot of soda, a lot of processed crap, a lot of fast food). So if you live in Manchester, Glasgow or Liverpool, you can thank us for all the diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension that you’re experiencing. But the U.K. does have one major advantage over the BRA: better mass transit systems in the large cities. British and Scottish cities are very walkable compared to most of the BRA.

    Michael T. Snyder points out that health insurance premiums have been rising three times as fast as wages in the BRA. Very true. Right now, 50 million Americans lack health insurance; expect that appalling number to go much higher in the future as more and more Americans slide into poverty. And that’s not counting all the Americans who are underinsured and are one illness away from bankruptcy. So get ready for more sickness, more suffering, more disease, more misery, more premature dying as this Third World horror movie goes from bad to worse.

    Some misguided individuals will blame capitalism for all this sickness and disease. But as Gerald Celente, Ron Paul and Alex Jones have been pointing out, free-market capitalism is not to blame. Fascism is to blame. And fascism will poison its victims without hesitation in The Banana Republic of America, home of the sick and land of the diseased.

    • Gary2

      Back when I had a job that paid a living wage we went to Banff Canada for vacation (drove from WI). We went for a walk around the town and some of the towns along the way and it was absolutely stunning to rarely see an overweight person.

      The first thing we noticed when we crossed back into the USA (in Idaho) was the much larger number of overweight people. The contrast was simply amazing and you would almost need to see it to believe it.

      Oh how I miss being able to take a 2 week family vacation. The good old days when I had a good job. I sure did take that good job for granted. I guess I still have the memories and pictures I can look at. Its so depressing to work for 1/2 my former wage and I am supposed to be in my prime earning years (I am 46).

      Don’t mind me I am just venting.

      • El Pollo de Oro

        Gary2 in Wisconsin: Whenever I travelled in Europe in the past, it was fun to try to spot other Americans. Obesity was often a dead giveaway. When I would see someone who weighed 250 or 300 pounds and was wearing sweatpants and a stained t-shirt in a decent restaurant or a museum or an art gallery, I would say to myself, “Looks like I’ve come across a fellow American.” Then, when they got angry with the locals for speaking French in Paris or speaking Italian in Rome, I would say to myself, “Now, I KNOW I’ve come across a fellow American.”

  • Susan

    I agree. Thankfully I can grow and can or dehydrate much of my food. Also get my meat from a local rancher.

  • Graham

    Michael:

    Another cracker of a post. Keep them rolling! I wonder how many people are being taken by surprise at the sheer volume of “toxic poison” that is part and parcel of their lives. Yes… it is all about feeding Big Pharma etc.

    The more illnesses caused by food and drink intake, the bigger the profits in “drugs”, which don’t cure, but just make people even more sick. Welcome to the “Profit and Depopulation” agenda (Eugenics).

    Bear in mind that George H W Bush (Poppy), refers to the general public as being “Useless Eaters”. That is why they wish to dispose of 6 billion people. Don’t believe it? Lookup “Georgia Guidestones”. Their aims were carved into granite and erected in 1980 by “R C Christian”.

    The path to healthier eating. Get to know the “good” stuff! Link.

    A Healthier Medical… (Main Library)
    http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/ciencia/ciencia_industryhealthiermedica.htm#Additional_Information

  • Barn cat

    It’s an irrelevant topic now. Our whole society is on the verge of a catastrophic collapse. It would be like being on the Titanic and having someone tell you to take it easy on the desserts.

    • John S

      I agree. I used to worry about this, but I’ve made it to age 55 in perfect health and whether I could live to 85 instead of 82 by cutting out high fructose corn syrup is irrelevant. Long before that almost all of us are destined to either starve or freeze to death. The more resourceful of us may die in a firefight over a can of beans.

    • GaryToo

      thats a good one

  • mondobeyondo

    The food we eat today is not the same food we ate 30 or 40 years ago.

    It’s packed with hormones used to make chickens, cows and pigs grow bigger and faster, and instead of real pure cane sugar (remember C&H?), just about everything has high fructose corn syrup in it.

    After the whole “pink slime” fiasco a few weeks ago, you have to wonder what you’re really consuming when you eat “hamburger”. An alternative may be “free range” beef or chicken, but they are more expensive than regular store bought factory farmed meat. If people can’t afford regular meat, they certainly can’t afford a more healthy variety.

    Much of our fat food, I mean FAST food, society is based around cost and convenience. Families simply don’t have the time to cook a full meal anymore. This isn’t the 1950’s. Mom and Dad are working two jobs, and there’s no time to bake a roast, vegetables, dessert, etc. So, many people drive their families to McDonalds after work, order a McValueMeal, and consider that “dinner”. Ewww. A while ago, I saw a couple of YouTube videos of what a Big Mac and french fries look after several weeks. They looked pretty much the same as they did when you received them through the drive-thru window. What is this stuff made out of, synthetic plastic?!

    And just what is a “McMuffin” anyway? I’ve cooked thousands of eggs during my lifetime. Scrambled, sunny side up, over easy, poached, hard boiled. Not one of them has ever looked like an egg in a McMuffin. Maybe it’s the recipe… (could Styrofoam be part of it??)

    Back when I was in grade school, we students who ate the school’s cafeteria food jokingly called it “mystery meat”. It’s not a joke anymore.

    • 007

      That’s a good one, an egg mcmuffin, does really look weird.

    • knightowl77

      …and yet 30 to 40 years ago, people did not live as long as they do today….

      Now their quality of life of may have been better back then…but they didn’t live as long

      • mondobeyondo

        Maybe so – but the food was so much better then. You could actually eat it.

    • DB200

      Mondobeyondo,

      You are right about McDonalds. I never liked their food but in the past I would buy a (small) milkshake or ice cream. Within 10 minutes I was running to the toilets. Guar gum is one of the ingredients and it works on your intestines. And this is totally unnecessary. Google a little bit on ice making and you see how easy it is to make your own ice naturally.

      By the way, don’t agree with you that there is no time to cook when both spouses are working. Because after dinner these McDonalds-aficionados will have ample time to watch television.

      We both work and still cook every evening. The potatoes come from local farmers. Luckily here it is still allowed to sell produce without a license. When you cook yourself it doesn’t have to be more expensive than McDonalds.

  • mondobeyondo

    Not just raging on McDonald’s, but they’re such a convenient target (heh).

    I don’t know how on earth they make McNuggets out of a real chicken. You know, a chicken that had wings, feathers, two feet, etc. They claim it’s “100% white breast meat”. I’ve bought real chicken breasts before. Even tried once to cut up the boneless pieces and put them in a blender, then bread them and deep-fry them. Nope, still not a Chicken McNugget. Needless to say, I was perplexed.

    • Tim

      Check out “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” by Michael Pollan for a list of the things in Chicken McNuggets. I bet you’ll never eat them again.

    • Jack Burton

      There are 38 ingredients in a McDonald’s chicken mcnugget. Think about that; 38!

  • http://www.worldmaker.us Mark Wandrey

    I agree with supporting local farmers, I’m one of them. But buying ‘organic’ has largely been coopted by big agra businesses. Your ‘organic’ food is about as organic as a 747, and just as nutritious. All you have to do is see what brands like Kashi have been doing, and how they lie to you on a daily basis. Find your local farmers, buy from them, pay the EXTRA they need to survive. Quantity does not equal quality. My TRUE free range birds (commercial free range is bullcrap, they never leave the building) cost about $12 for a 6 lb bird and people whine all the time that ‘they can get it cheaper at walmart’. Fine, eat their nasty ecoli soaked garbage. Same goes for me true free range cage-free eggs, at $3.50 a dozen. None of my birds or eggs have ecoli in them, and never will.

    Anyway, you get what you pay for. Right now, most of us are paying for diseases and food of questionable sources.

    • http://urbansurvivalguidesecrets.com Urban Survival Guide

      Agreed Mark! Buying from local farmers and ranchers supports your local economy; gives you get fresher, more nutritious foods; and it helps you survive an economic collapse.

      People typically buy all of their food from the grocery store, which depends on a long supply chain, that can stop during a crisis.

      By getting to know your local farmers and ranchers, and buying products from them now, you establish those relationships, so that when a crisis hits, you have people to go to get food.

      The Eat Wild website lists local natural ranchers @ http://www.eatwild.com/products/

      Find local farmers where you can buy produce, grass-fed meats, and many other goodies, @ http://www.localharvest.org

  • bart

    Thanks Michael for an excellent article on the food we eat. With our food production fully industrialized and controlled by the 1% big Corporation, the only way out is to learn how to plant our own food!

    • http://urbansurvivalguidesecrets.com Urban Survival Guide

      You’re right about that Bart,

      During the Great Depression, over 30% of Americans were involved in the agriculture business. Now it’s just 1%.

      And our grandparents used to can foods, raise chickens, goats, cows, etc., hunt game, grow gardens, etc., which are skills that most people don’t have now.

      It will be a war zone at the grocery store, in city neighborhoods, and then in surrounding local rural communities, as desperate people spread out to look for food.

  • Cinderella Man

    When you step back and look at the whole picture you realize just how much danger we are in. From pus and blood being boiled into our milk, pink slime in our burger, High fructose corn syrup in every thing, GMO corn, wheat and soy, to Pepsi using aborted fetal tissue as a flavoring ingredient you realize we have maniaics controlling our food supply. You have got to wonder if there really is a conspiracy to perform soft-kill on the general public? Why are the foxes guarding the henhouse when it comes to food saftey? Why are there so many former corprate heads running our FDA and Dept. of Agriculture? Why cant there be any outside experts nominated for these vital posts? I dont know the awnser but I realize that the facist model is being used to control the food supply and quality in this country. Why are there so many outbreaks of samonella and e coli? Who the hell is in charge? Why is there no independent studies that get to see the light of day in regards to the long term health effects of GMO crops? Monsanto fights tooth and nail to keep information about GMO corn causing obesity and kidney failure in lab rats from ever reaching Fakestream media outlets. If we dont take charge of our own destiny we will wake up one day with no honeybees no fruit,and only some kind of GMO gruel to eat. Control over food is the ultimate enslavement. Oh almost forgot as I work in the feed supply business I can tell you that big daries used dried pig blood to feed to cows in their supplements. And lots and lots of antibiotics. The things you never knew, huh?

    • hecatesmoon

      Aaaaaghhhh! Don’t tell me that about milk! I still have to use and drink that!

      • GaryToo

        switch to soymilk, we did. When I foumd out about the cruelty in the dairy industry. The cow must be pregnant or just calved to give milk, they then take the calf away for veal, calf tied down to keep it from exercising to keep the meat tender. meanwhile the cow experiences instinctive grief. I want no part of that.

    • http://earthypoetgrrl.wordpress.com Beth

      Daniel Quinn, from his book “Ishmael”–“Those who lock up the food control the world”.

  • Paranoid

    Give it a rest. When we all ate natural food without preservatives on average we died at 35. Keep your weight down, eat our vegies, and get some exercise. Beyond that the worry will kill you faster than the food.

    • Scott

      “When we all ate natural food without preservatives on average we died at 35.”

      Yea, but that most likely had more to do with things like catching small pox then eating natural foods.

    • GaryToo

      war and workplace accidents too

  • Sid Davis

    Iodine is something worth learning more about.

    In the US at one time iodine was added to bread as a dough conditioner; now they use something else, sometimes even toxic bromine. Dairy farmers at one time used iodine to disinfect teats, but now they don’t do it is not in milk. There are indications that we now have widespread iodine deficiency, not enough to cause a serious rash of goiter and cretinism, but enough to cause a number of diseases. Included are enlarge prostate, prostate cancer, hypothyroid, atrial fibrillation, fibrocystic breast disease, breast cancer, ovarian cysts and cancer, uterine cysts and cancer, to name a few. Deficiency in iodine may be a contributing factor in diabetes since iodine is required to make thyroid hormones which in turn regulate cellular metabolism; inadequate thyroid hormone slows down the pancreas which in turn can then secrete inadequate insulin.

    When the obvious iodine deficiency diseases of goiter and cretinism were evident potassium iodine was added to table salt, but not everyone uses iodized salt, the iodine evaporates some as it sits in the salt shaker, and the amount added is inadequate anyway.

    Fluorine, chlorine, bromine, iodine, and astatine are the halogen group of chemicals. Astatine is rare. These are all highly electronegative because they each have only 7 electrons in their outer electron shell. This is why each is toxic to some degree and found use as germ killers. Fluorine is the smallest and most reactive, while iodine is the largest of the four common ones, and the least electronegative. We need chlorine to make hydrochloric acid for digestion and it is a component of white blood cells that helps kill invading pathogens. There is no know bodily requirement for fluorine and bromine, while we would die without chlorine and iodine.

    The four common halogens compete to attach to the receptor sites in our cells which attract them. Since iodine is the weakest it is driven from our bodies more easily if we intake a relatively higher amount of the other three. Fluorine was at one time used to cure an overactive thyroid by driving iodine out and reducing the production of thyroid hormone. Bromine at one time was used as an over the counter sedative and nerve tonic.

    Now here is something remarkable. Before we became industrialized and started mining ore to refine aluminum and agricultural phosphate, most of the fluorine was bound up with these metals, safe from harm to humans except in a few rare places where it was unusually common and leached into water. When we industrialized and separated the fluorine in refining these metals we released something very dangerous. Some of it remained in the phosphate fertilizer from incomplete refining, and was spread on fields to be absorbed into growing food. Some of it was sold as rat poison, but when the excess was dumped in rivers government stopped it. Now isn’t it interesting that researchers then discovered while being funded by the aluminum industry that it was beneficial to teeth, so now it is being dumped in drinking water by municipal water companies that are playing doctor, treating us for tooth decay.

    If you drink a gallon of fluoridated water a day, you are getting about 3.8 mg of sodium fluoride a day, assuming the common 1 ppm addition rate is used. If you drink that gallon as tea, you can double the ration of fluorine you are getting because tea is high in calcium fluoride. Brush you teeth with fluoridated toothpaste and you get more; same if you use fluoridated mouthwash. No telling how much you get in processed foods cause you don’t know it the processing plant used fluoridated water or not. All in all, you could easily be getting 8 mg. per day. And dentist charge us to put it on our childrens’ teeth, in a few cases killing them right in the office from overdose. Now compare that estimated 8 mg (milligrams) per day to the recommended daily allowance of 150 mcg (micrograms) for iodine, which most people aren’t even getting, and you can see that there is a huge amount of fluorine we are getting compared to iodine. It is no wonder that iodine deficiency is epidemic, and diseases of iodine deficiency are rising.

    And this does not take into account the direct negative effect of fluorine in our bodies. Go do a google search of dental fluorosis and look at the pictures of what these malformed teeth look like. Skeletal fluorosis is the same thing happening to bones and joints from excess fluoride, and much of this is misdiagnosed as osteoarthritis. There is logic to lead me to believe that autoimmune disease where the immune system attacks the body is because fluorine is chemically combining with cells where iodine should be instead, and this changes the shape of the cells since fluorine and iodine are different sizes, tricking the immune system into not recognize them as body cells.

    Why would we deliberately add a know to be dangerous chemical to our water when there is no known RDA for it, it is known to cause deforming fluorosis of the teeth, bones, and joints, known to drive needed iodine out of our bodies, is known or suspected in a host of serious diseases, and as is being shown by new research has no measurable positive effect in preventing dental disease.

    The story goes on. Bromine is used as a pesticide. It is used to kill bacteria on fresh fruits and vegetables during transport and once they arrive at groceries. It is used a a flame retardant in mattresses, furniture, and electronic devices. As you sit at your computer some of it is being released into the air from some of its components. It is used in swimming pools to kill bacteria. And it too drives iodine out of our bodies because it is more electronegative than iodine because is is smaller. Do you know that a recent federal regulation requires flame retardant be added to mattresses so if you are sleeping on a recently purchased mattress you get to breathe one of several toxic chemicals as you sleep, bromine being one optional flame retardant.

    Do your own research; you can start here if so inclined:

    http://www.lewrockwell.com/miller/miller20.html

    http://www.fluoridealert.org/

  • Pat

    Bingo! Now we are getting down to the real nitty gritty. Why is it that the food is so poor in nutrition? Why is it that one can not find gum without Aspartame? Why is it that the GMO crowd refuse to label their products as being GMO? Could it be that they want us sick and dying?

    If you want to be healthy you must supplement your diet with the proper absorbable nutrients. My family eats nothing put fresh, unprocessed, home made foods. We supplement with necessary vitamins and minerals. We rarely eat out.

    For breakfast today we ate local farm raised, free range eggs, we made our own yoghurt made from local, whole milk, locally grown cilantro and locally raised grapefruit.

    We stopped shopping at the supermarket. We buy meat from the butcher. We do not eat factory raised chicken.

    If you want to learn how to stay away from the doctor and Obamacare listen to Pharmacist Ben Fuch’s at http://www.brightsideben.com (10:00 am to 11:00 am) weekdays. Or read about your health at http://pharmacistben.com/.

    I would highly recommend Dr. Sherri Rogers who is on The Power Hour on Thurday’s (http://gcnlive.com/Listen_Live.html – 7:00 am to 10:00 am)She has written a number of books based on nutrition rather than drugs and expensive medical procedures that only make the problems worse.

    Another good source is Dr. Norm Shealy on the usaprepares.com radio program (3:00 pm to 4:00 pm) press the listen live button

    I also recommend Dr. Joel Wallach’s work and Dr. Terry Wahls’ work.

    Its not that we are sick. It is that we are starving for nutrients.

    Goldenladyfun

  • Taors

    New drinking game for economic collapse blog readers: take a shot every time Michael Snyder says “absolutely” in an article.

    • Michael

      LOL – that made me smile. :)

      Michael

  • Nurse Cratchet

    Well, how bout a big “DUHHHHHHH” to go with that order of garbage?
    I’ve worked in healthcare for a long time, and I can tell you that people just keep getting dumber and dumber when it comes to making healthy choices in life. They wind up with some type of debilitating disease and come see me. Smoking, eating garbage, soda pop chugging’, no exercise, fat as pigs. Gollee, not exactly marathon runners. I just can’t fix DUMB. Would y’all try and swim straight or just get outta the gene pool?

    • http://thetruthfulone.com/ The Truthful One

      The irony about your observations is that many ‘healthcare’ workers are also overweight, and they drink sodas, eat garbage, smoke, don’t exercise, etc.

      It’s not like the medical community stands out from the crowd and is setting the example of being healthy.

      If the medical community would provide ‘health care’ and spend time educating people about prevention and natural solutions, instead of providing ‘sick care’ and managing their ailments with medications, then maybe people would be healthier.

      • Gary2

        When I was working in healthcare one of the hospitals had to transfer one of the dietations to a different department as it looked bad having someone so overweight counceling others on good eating habits.

    • http://usconcealedcarrytraining.com Concealed Carry Training

      Most health challenges are caused by two main reasons:
      A deficiency in nutrients and a build-up of toxins.

      The medical community promotes fluoride in the water, which has never been proven to reduce cavities, but it calcifies the pineal gland in the brain and makes people DUMB. The Nazis used to use Flouride on their patients.. I mean prisoners.

      Dentists still put mercury-based fillings in people’s mouth, even though mercury is extremely toxic. This releases mercury vapors into the mouth whenever people eat, so it collects in their body.

      The medical community pushes mammograms instead of thermal imaging and safer alternatives. Yeah, that’s real smart… let’s inject radiation right in the place where we don’t want cancer. :-o

      The medical community criticizes natural solutions like Apricot Kernels/Laetrile/B17 to kill cancer and red yeast extract to reduce cholesterol.

      Instead they push medications, which seem to have a dozen side-effects, which can be worse than the problem they are claiming to help.

      When was the last time a doctor told a patient to cleanse their body of toxins and especially heavy metals?

      When was the last time a doctor told a patient to take probiotics to enhance their digestion and immune system, especially after taking antibiotics which kill the good bacteria in your GI tract? Gee, I wonder why we having so many digestion and food allergy issues. :-p

      When was the last time a doctor told a patient to stop using aluminum-based deodorants, which can cause the metal to be stored in the fatty tissue of women’ breasts. Gee, I wonder why we have such a big cancer problem. :-(

      And let’s give our kids immunization shots that have mercury, aluminum and other toxins, and then marvel at why autism rates are doubling.

      So Nurse Cratchet, let’s not pretend that the medical community is helping our health. If anything, the blind trust that people put in doctors makes them DUMB about their health.

  • Georgiaboy61

    As a biological scientist, I tell people all the time – when asked, of course – that the single best thing you can do for yourself nutritionally, is to avoid anything with a package, label, or the like on it… especially if it has chemical names on it you do not recognize, or is the product of a multi-national food conglomerate. Buy fresh foods, or their nearest equivalent, from sources you trust. If you are in a position to do so, grow your own food, even if it is only in a small garden… and raise your own livestock, chickens, etc. That way, you have control over the total process – and know exactly what goes into the food on the end of your fork. Educate yourself – Michael Pollan’s books, esp. “In Defense of Food,” are a good place to start.

  • tappedops

    *****************… well lets be gratefull theres nothing wrong with the water or the air…

  • Matte

    I agree

  • Gary3

    If we are all going to stop eating food from “factory farms” we all cannot stay on Earth. Particularly in USA, we are getting what we demand–cheap food. The people in countries where the population is not as fat are not smarter or more health conscious, in most cases they cannot afford to “just drive the family to McDonald’s”. Our relative prosperity may not be entirely a good thing. Most American yuppies would think they had died and gone to hell if they actually had to grow their own garden, much as if they ever went to a “rain forest” (aka jungle). It’s not a Disney movie. Just the work involved would make them thinner. The size of garden needed to grow a large percentage of one’s food is pretty substantial. A few tomatoes in pots on the balcony are not going to get it.

    I agree that most “organic” food purchased in stores like Whole Foods is a ripoff, just taking advantage of people who have more dollars than sense.

  • VyseLegendaire

    I think the food and related health problems in this nation are a good barometer of where we are overall as a society. Thinks have gone downhill so far, and in many ways they are accelerating almost unbelievably towards a bone crunching crash. I do not think there is going to be a slow and informed reform of most people in the nation from corporate to local produce. I think to believe that is naive. Instead we will have a social collapse and from there, be forced to take the right choice or die. As a society we are not going to give up our way of life even when presented with all of the facts simply because of the fact of momentum. Only when the corporate domination of our society literally breaks down and becomes impossible will people at large do the right thing. And that’s being optimistic. I sure as hell don’t hope for FEMA camps or mass die-offs.

  • View from Abroad

    I wonder why you forgot to mention “pink slime”

    http://www.zerohedge.com/contributed/2012-10-11/70-all-ground-beef-contains-pink-slime-and-usda-bought-7-million-pounds-stuff

    Now, THIS is a horror story…and if you really think, with the conditions under which cows are raised there was and is no “mad cow desease” in the US, well, good luck – just think about the rising number of “Alzheimer”-diagnosed(!) patients.

    http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2012/04/28/18712304.php

    • Michael

      You are right – there is so much more I could have put in the article.

      Michael

  • markthetruth

    Food is any substance consumed to provide nutritional support for the body. It is usually of plant or animal origin, and contains essential nutrients, such as carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, or minerals.

    Doesn’t sound like what we eat.

    We where always told not to feed our dogs table food . So come the “scam” you have to feed them dog food since when is all that garbage in dog food any good. Money Baby……..

    Fish in the rivers and oceans are eating our garbage , human and factory waste. Then we eat the fish. Sounds disgusting to me.

    With all the global shipping along comes creatures that where meant for the place where they came from instead they spread though the globe. Now we have stink bugs , geese from Canada , and all other bugs on the produce. Soon they be destroy our food.

    Between the the junk in our food and global cross breeding of the humans we are developing all kinds of biological , physical , mental defects .

    Here in NJ the birds are going nuts, the robins are pecking at house windows , cars anything they see there reflection . huge black birds crowing constant , doves ooh, oohing , woodpecker pecking at metal light post. The birds fly low right passed you without a care.

    So not only are we affecting humans we are altering all living things against mother nature . As we know we have killed off the framers bees with pesticides .

    The media and “Anal” yst by far have created the largest fad commercial in the world the Iphone next to the kartrashings that kids giving up body parts to get one , soon they will not have enough to buy a real apple to eat. All for the government to issue out tracking devices . Think not think again . Mean while we created something as bad as drinking and driving.

    Unfortunately Hollywood is also dictating our society , living in a world of luxury and never working ,having kids after kids without getting married, women wearing stilts for shoes , fake bodyparts, kids want $100 sneakers, jeans ext. and all other crap that the parents are hounding day after day for these ridiculous items we can’t afford.

    Little do you realize your being bombarded with subliminal messages though TV,Music, and Advertising especially on the computer , advertising has gone and will keep going further (thing running across you sceen), 100 junk emails a day, and win this crap.
    commercials about birth control like the ring , try explaining that to a 6 year old.
    and car leasing commercials like i could afford a $749 monthly payment.

    Vented out…….

  • Evie

    Corn syrup is put into food thanks to the corn lobby. Chemicals are put into food because of chemical lobbies. People are getting fatter everywhere as they eat the same lousy food we do. Progress of globalization. Here inthe usa we get to pick up the costs for everyone even if people were not obese. Since food seems to be the cause maybe people should sue and n make the pharmacutical and food companies liable for the costs. I bet amish kids do not get allergies because they are outdoors all day instead of being pampered with 100 grand valueless educations so later they can be told by politicans and the chinese banks how fat and lazy they are. I have seen them using computers and I phones maybe not as much as kids in the usa.

  • md

    The best source on health care- NOT medical care, is Dr Mercola http://www.mercola.com and healthy eating- Westin A Price Foundation http://www.westonaprice.org/

    This article is 100% right. Thank you

    just $.02 from an old doc

    • Michael

      Good to hear from an old doc. :)

      Michael

    • Tim

      I agree. Those are two sources of great information.

      Anyone interested in the subject of human health, particularly vegetarians, must consider the work of Dr. Weston Price. His book “Nutrition and Physical Degeneration” is fascinating. In his travels around the world studying the diets of primitive people, he found some groups who were trying to live exclusively on “the vegetable products” but their health was suffering as a result.

    • http://urbansurvivalguidesecrets.com Urban Survival Guide

      Dr. Mercola rocks! As does Mike Adams of http://www.naturalnews.com

      I would recommend subscribing to both of their email newsletters, to learn how to protect your health.

      With things like the potential release of additional radiation from Japan, you need to stay informed, because the Lame Street Media isn’t going to tell you this stuff.

      I’ll check out the Westin A Price Foundation, thanks :-)

  • Kevin Paubel

    It takes me a good amount of time to do my grocery shopping, I read just about every label. Some products I trust, but you can’t trust them all. Sometimes the ingredients change in different lots or batches. I used to get bulls eye bbq sauce because they had the most natural ingredients, then all of a sudden they started putting calcium chloride (driveway ice melt) and high fructose corn syrup in it. I have a friend who has two granddaughters from his son and daughter, one eats organically the other doesn’t. The one who doesn’t is around 9 and already developing puberty stage. the one who does eat organically is developing more normally.

    Stop buying the crap and spreading the word (even to strangers in the store). Read the labels and research the ingredients.

  • http://www.ambilacuk.com/safesurvival Howard m Jones

    Certainly some good, important and valid points Michael – and I have to agree with one of your contributor in tnhe comments, that the UK is certainly not too far behind the US in eating habits, due to the heavy inlfuence of some of the well known ‘fast-food’ chain outlets.
    The other main issue is the addition of many steroids and medicinal constituents in the animal’s diet, not to mention the ongoing and developing practice of GM food production – all of this is a death sentence to the end user.

    I am just thankful I gave up eating meat over 30 years ago because of this, and prepare most of our foods in the kitchen rather than ‘plastic-wrapped’ and ‘convenient’ foods etc
    H

  • http://TheEconomicVoice Gregge Johnson

    Monsanto is Killing us with GMOs and pesticides and Santarus, Merk ,Phisor has the Remedy to slow the killing down!! <<< these corporations own the American Medical Assoication, and The Food and Drug Assoication.

    • http://economic a.p.

      Gregge, you are right on. But there is a petition drive to have all foods labeled
      whether they are GMO or not, and you can donate money to stop Monsanto from spending billions in false advertising in order to get the petition defeated. They defeated
      it in Oregon, but it has achance of passing in California. But please hurry and donat.
      Just google GMO Petition against Monsanto.

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  • Cleo

    I’m not a fan of food additives either. However,in regards to high fructose corn sugar found in bread, sugar or foods containing sugar such as molasses needs to be added to bread dough to make the yeast rise, unless you want flat bread.

    • Orange Jean

      Sorry, that’s not entirely true.

      I’ve baked bread for years and there are recipes for yeast bread that rise properly (I believe traditional French bread is one of them); the only reason a sugar/honey/molasses, etc. is added is that it makes the yeast rise a bit more quickly or for the flavor (depending on recipe). But you can get bread to rise with yeast keeping the sugar or sugar substitute out. It does take a bit longer to rise though; I’d recommend trying it if you make your own bread.

  • karen

    The reason I brought this up, child porn is there is a group of Dr.’s that have patients that are child sex offenders they want it to become legal to have sex with minors, so this is the first step in that process. Slowly pushing this on the population, and with the amount of porn in this country, like you said far worse than any other part of the world, it won’t be long until sick perverts can have their way with children and you won’t beable to have them put away, people should fight for children but most won’t to caught up on the tv and themselves.

    • GaryToo

      u r right karen, kids are bombarded with sex on tv and radio and parents are not standing up and demanding any change in standards. So they wont stand up for them to protect them. Legalizing it would be an easy out for all the problems overexposure to sex for children causes. Everywhere you look things are sick and back to front, for anyone who cares to look or see.

  • hecatesmoon

    Sometimes I think I am wrong to demonize the system when it comes to food and water. Afterall, there is no telling how many people it has saved from starvation, lack of “clean” drinking water, and how many more people may have gotten sick or died from food poisoning through the many years if the system weren’t in place. I believe people should have a choice though. I believe we should know exactly what we are putting in our mouths and to be able to say no if we don’t like it. Red dye 4 or carmine for example. I just found out that that is crushed up beetles. No thanks. There is an even bigger problem to it all though. That is that people have been so dependent for so long on mass produced food and water that comes out of a pipe with the twist of a hand. What would most people do if that wasn’t available anymore? And mega corps like Monsanto, who I once believed was making things better, is gaining control over ALL of it. It isn’t the one who controls the oil controls the world. Its the one who controls the food and water that controls the world. A company that has control over the world’s food supply…that is far more dangerous than ingesting what is in it. At the risk of having my family becoming “concerned” for me, friends too, I have started telling them what is in what they are eating and drinking, telling them they DO have a choice, and encouraging them to start gardening and get chickens if their cities allow. I have my first chickens which I LOVE. The thought of killing turns my stomach, but I think I can do it. I make all of our bread and our noodles. I am learning to do everything from scratch. Our garden will no doubt feed us produce for the year. We just planted a blackberry bush, blueberry bush, and an apple tree. We are going to get goats so there will be milk and butter and more meat. In the meantime, I am looking for hunters to make deals with for whatever game. At least I will know there is no purposeful contamination in them. Anyway, enough rambling. Thank you system for keeping me from starvation all these years, but I think I will take it from here.

  • Nexus789

    The other thing is that if you look at all the food groups you will find that they are a mix of alkaline or acidic.

    If you look at all processed foods they are all acidic. On top of that in countries like the US, Australia and UK we also take drugs that are acid forming as well as diary and meat products that are also acid forming. On top of this we take artificial sweeteners, etc, that are highly acid forming. So our bodies are more acidic and this builds up acid in our cells.

    This site maps out all the food groups – alkaline and acidic.
    http://www.rense.com/1.mpicons/acidalka.htm

    • http://urbansurvivalguidesecrets.com Urban Survival Guide

      Great point Nexus!

      It now turns out that we have a better shot at long-term health if our body’s pH is neutral or slightly alkaline. When we tilt toward greater acidity, which can be measured easily, we have a greater risk of developing osteoporosis, weak muscles, heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, and a host of other health problems.

      The solution, according to scientists who have researched “chronic low-grade metabolic acidosis,” is eating a diet that yields more alkaline and less acid.

      You can get more information at Natural News
      http://www.naturalnews.com/Report_acid_alkaline_pH_1.html

    • http://usconcealedcarrytraining.com Concealed Carry Training

      Agreed, the effects of food on your body’s pH level is often overlooked.

      Sodas cause your body to be acidic, so it has to counter the acidity by with calcium, to balance out your pH level.

      Guess where your body gets the calcium from? It steals it from your bones, which is why more and more people have osteoporosis :-o

  • robert

    in the old days, you would drink an 8oz. bottle of coke made with cane sugar and would have your thirst quenched. today if you drink a can or out of a plastic bottle all you want is another. its like big pharma, they want to treat the problem you have, not cure it. Its all about the money.

    • Tim

      Several months ago I was at the local Earth Fare (it’s similar to Whole Foods Market) and they had Coca Cola made with cane sugar, not high fructose corn syrup. It’s made in Mexico.

  • Jodi

    I read this article last night and woke up this morning reading every single label on the packages I took out to make my kids lunches today. It’s not the first time I’ve read labels, but it’s something to think about every time you eat. Before Michelle Obama opens up her pie hole about fat kids again, she should read this article and actually learn something. She should be teaching parents about the crap that is in the food that we eat every day. I’m tired of her insulting parents about their fat kids, I don’t think she really cares and it’s none of her business anyway.

    Here’s a tweet that I saw on twitter the other day. Makes perfect sense:
    the demise of the family ranch and family chicken farm who did not use growth hormones are a big part of this nations obesity problem

    • Jodi

      I’m please to say, we do grow our own food and we do a lot of canning in the fall. We mostly grow tomatoes and we make tomato soup every September. Can I say…homemade tomato soup is the best. I will never go back to Campbell’s Soup again.

  • John

    Just look at all the ads on TV for food! No wonder we eat too much.

  • db

    A whole lot of beef cows are directly being fed chicken manure mixed in with grain. Just ask anyone who raises beef cows you may be surprised by the answer they give. I started eating cows on my dad’s small farm because of this a few years ago. That was long before the whole pink slime issue. I know several people who work in chicken plants and about 4 years ago the would not eat ANY chicken due to the sicknesses they saw in the birds. They all had stories that were hard to believe. From what I understand that is mostly over now.
    There is no telling what pesticides and fertilizers are put on food either. Pesticides sprayed 30 to 50 years ago still show up in apple orchards now. Just look up the whole applejuice/ arsenic deal that came out about a year ago.
    I don’t trust organic either. The only real organic is what you grow yourself. Since I grew up an a small farm I am aware that you can not grow food outside without some type of pesticides natural or not. If you are looking for organic you need to look for greenhouse grown fruit and veggies! I still have to eat mostly crap from the grocery because it is what I can afford, but I do try to do a little research to make good decisions on what to buy. For example many citrus fruits and bananas do not require much pesticide.
    What all of this comes down to is greed for money. Too many businesses only care about how much they can get out of your wallet not about you and your children’s health.

  • wendi

    People are finally waking up. Thanks for a great article.

  • http://economiccollapse jackier

    Another ingredient to avoid is ‘partially hydroginated’ ingredients. They are also listed in the ‘ingredients’ area. I won’t buy any products with HFCS or the above.

  • Work.Buy.Consume.Die.

    Rice, beans, eggs for breakfast. Soup/sandwich for lunch. For dinner, choose from same groups. All organic. Bottled juice[glass container]Can buy gallon of applejuice for about 7-8 bucks. Organic fruit such as apples[cheap]Plenty of yogurt[all ilness starts in the gut] Plenty of distilled water[removes toxins from cells]Use quality[pink not white] sea salt[little sodium]I learned to eat like this from people in Costa Rica. Although I still have some weight issues stemming from self abuse [20 years in medical field]I have NO health problems. This is due to my food choices. Here’s the other side: I have given up T.V.[no cable bill, my car is 12 years old[paid for]most clothing/books comes from thrift/consignment[fun, and we dress very well], utilize the college campus for all printing needs. Also, I can now afford to feed my pets the best food money can buy: EVO. So, when all is said and done WE make are own way…

  • GoneWithTheWind

    What, exactly, in the grocery store is not “perfectly safe”??? You can drone on and on about GMO food but there is zero evidence of harm from it. But to the point, what do we eat that is killing us??? How may french fries can I eat before I die from them? Will everyone who eats french fries die or is there some genetic factor? Will butter or margarine shorten my life? By how much? If I only eat butter or margarine at one meal a day will it cut the “damage” by 1/3rd? Will I live to 100 or 120 or forever if I never eat the “bad” foods you claim are in our grocery stores? In fact this philosophy you profess is pure BS and unsupportable by the evidence. Our nations life expectancy increases every year and deaths from most diseases decrease every year all while we eat the very foods you claim are bad for us. Show me the proof of any of this. Show me evidence that some food, any food actually shortens life spans or causes death. 99% of serious illnesses are genetic. You get diabetes for example from your parents and grandparents not from eating sugar or HFCS. Your weight or potential for obesity is a result of your genetics not eating junk food. If junk food made us obese then we would all be obese. This claim of “good foods and bad foods” is pure BS.

    • md

      Oh you have a lot to learn! I wish you the best.

    • md

      I won’t give a reference so you won’t think it is biased, however all nutritional evidence states that HFCS is not sugar and can not be utilized by the body for energy. The liver first has to convert it to fat (triglycerides) then on another pass- break down the fat to extract the energy from it. This is why people who drink a lot of pop (hfcs) have the same fatty liver problems as alcoholics.

    • GaryToo

      “If junk food made us obese then we would all be obsese”. Really Does the fat travel telepathically into my stomach when i drive right past the drive_thru or what?

  • CinnamonGirl

    I heard a continuation the other day to the Amish story….they actually said on the radio that because Amish children are fed things like RAW MILK and ORGANIC VEGETABLES from birth that they aquire a natural immunity to certain bacterias and disease that ‘regular’ people don’t.
    ********! That was on a talk radio news break.

    • md

      most like likely correct!

  • http://www,Back2theLand.com Old Timer

    Stocking up today implies buying what is on the grocery store shelf, good or bad you will eat it. Most people live in apartments and have no space for gardens, much less time to weed other than a 10-10 patch. There are a few souls that have space, time and resources to put food by, but for the most part people are in the grocedry shopping mill and that is their pantry.

    Educating the masses about healthy foods is not working as statistics indicate we as a nation for nutritional foods choices is going down hill. Take a look at the Burger cash register with the pictures of foods – not money- so our illeterate young workers can tally the costs.

    If you want to eat right it will cost you more and the minimum wage people and the indebted middleclass can not afford to buy wholesome foods. Who takes a lunch to work anymore?

    National and world health from a nutritional standpoint will decline and perhaps compensate for the 8,000,000,000 people we have now, and as we approach the 11,000,000,000 people mark we will all starve. Then again new and mnore exciting food supplements and additives will be mnade available through modern science.

    Old Timer

    • DB200

      Who takes a lunch to work anymore? I do. Every evening I prepare 6 slices of bread, put it in the fridge and the next morning take it with me to work. And two pieces of fruit of course. It takes 5 minutes to prepare the bread, so time cannot be an issue.

  • erheault

    The biggest salesman for junk is the one eyed salesman in everybodys living room who for 24 hours a day sells fast food and trys to have you tell your doctor that you need the cure all that they are promoting.
    one of the best sales promotion is for a lemonaide that has never ever seen a real lemon instead it is made from a list of chemicals that seem to sujest that you could stick a fuse in it and have a dandy explosive yet people actually buy it.
    Our family is lucky we are living on a farm so we have always produced what we consume with a minimum of store purchaces and we have had very low occurences of diseases among us, I would never eat at the fast food shops Death in a box has poisoined several families in our state still they sell their new improved toxins.hopefully with the oncoming depression a lot of these places will go out of buisness.
    Yes it is a chore to go out in the early mornings when it is cold and shitty to feed animals but it has supported our family for 2 generations and hopefully will stay that way for the oncoming generations as we leave it to pass forward.

  • Piglet

    Sometimes a trip out of the BRA illustrates how badly our food affects us. For example, during trips to Korea I saw a nation of slim people – not because they’re starving, but because generally they don’t eat what Americans do. (That is changing with the introduction of American fast food restaurants to the country. In shopping areas in Seoul that foreigners visit, it’s easy to spot the Americans. They’re the enormous ones taking up so much space on sidewalks and slowly waddling along. It’s the same scene at Incheon International Airport while waiting to board a flight back to the BRA. The Americans are the hog-bodies with huge fannies, massive bellies sticking out and hanging down, etc. Oink!

  • knightowl77

    Now the lead picture looks like “In-N-Out” burger from the left coast….No better burgers anywhere….I wish that I still lived close to one…

    Bottom line people…No one gets off the planet alive. I know of many marathon runners, health food fanatics etc that are now DEAD.

    Life is trade-offs, choices, avoiding the extremes, but death comes for us all in the end.

    • Tim

      Yes. Death is the result of sin. Though we all have an appointment with death, that does not preclude the use of means in this life. Fatalism is not biblical. We can choose to do things, like eat healthy foods and exercise, that will improve the quality of our lives. We can also eat nothing but Twinkies and wash them down with Budweiser, and it’s certain that we will not be healthy.

  • Josh

    Something no one is talking about but is just as important is the use of nano tech in our food & packaging, unregulated and scary as *************.

  • Josh

    nano.foe.org.au/node/198 link about nano tech in food, ive heard its in some ice.creams and also the new non stick plastic ketchup bottles

  • mondobeyondo

    It’s true that even healthy, fit people can die an early death. The famous runner Jim Fixx died of a heart attack… while running.

    However, eating fast food and other unhealthy activities dramatically tilt the odds against you living a long life. Having said that – I can’t WAIT to visit the Heart Attack Grill the next time I visit Las Vegas. Ahhh… sheer gastric indulgence! It’s the American way!

    http://www.heartattackgrill.com

    (btw, there have been at least two customers at that place who have literally had heart attacks while eating there. That’s the canary in the coal mine, for you fast food fanatics.)

    • Tim

      Ha. I bet Dr. Neil Barnard just about had a heart attack when he heard the news reports about customers of Heart Attack Grill suffering heart attacks while eating there. When Dr. Atkins died, from slipping on ice and hitting his head, Dr. Barnard was all over it, effectively saying “see, see, Dr. Atkins’ diet is dangerous.” Sure, Dr. Barnard. Now, go eat your grated carrots and wheat germ and be happy.

  • AlbertJoyster

    People are being disconnected from reality with the help of television, movies, politics and business mentality. Where are we herded to? Judging from what is visible with the naked eye, it seems that global enslavement. And remember, they don’t even need so many of us. You decide what’s their next move because without your utmost support they couldn’t do any of this to us all. I really hope USA will wake up before it’s too late. Nobody deserves the hell you’re being prepared for.

  • mondobeyondo

    Banquet Frozen Dinners offers a “Chicken Fried Chicken Meal” as one of their selections. Yes, I’m 100% serious. They call it that.

    Read the ingredients on the left side of the package. It will scare you.

    • mondobeyondo

      And it even says “Good Source of Protein” on the box! Really!

      Edamame (soybeans) are also a good source of protein…

  • STOP THE MADDNESS

    Federal Reserve sees economy improving
    By Annalyn Censky @CNNMoney April 25, 2012: 4:24 PM ET
    http://money.cnn.com/2012/04/25/news/economy/federal-reserve-policy/index.htm

    Michael don’t you know? When Ben is finished restoring our economy back to full health, he is going to work on improving our food as well?
    Didn’t you notice the government is already working on what we shouldn’t eat, when we will eat and how we will eat. :)

  • Evie

    I do not like yahoo. When I click on a story from them it stops until you sign up – and as bunch – of junk at the bottom.

  • http://www.survive--thrive.us Debi

    Michael, you on the low side of the numbers. It is now more than 80% of our food in the grocery store has one or more GMO ingredients. The food processing industry is also adding or hiding neurotoxins or excitotoxins, i.e., MSG and aspartame, in our foods that increase obesity, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, organ failure, etc. For more information go to http://www.survive-thrive.us for a rude awakening and what each of us can do (simple things) to avoid the trap and eat heathier.

  • DB200

    Michael, good article! Thumbs up!

  • http://worldendsat5newsat11.blogspot.com Roberta Lamb

    Just what IS Pink Slime?
    Does anyone know?
    Does anyone know what is in it?
    See how to survive the coming economic colapse at:
    http://surviving12-21-2012.blogspot.com

    • mondobeyondo

      It’s pink, and it’s slimy. That’s about all I know.
      That could apply to Mary Kay cosmetics, Jell-O, or countless other products.

    • http://thetruthfulone.com/ The Truthful One

      Pink slime, which is officially known as “lean finely textured beef,” is basically a low-cost ground beef filler composed of beef scraps that are mashed, processed with a chemical ammonia solution, and turned into an unappetizing pink paste.

      It’s processed from fat and cuts that would otherwise not ever be used as food, and treated with toxic ammonia.

      The Pink slime is added to ground beef to create more volume, which increases profits.

  • ken nohe

    The space allocated to manufactured food not only in developed countries but in developing ones too is increasing fast. With it comes plastics and waste. It seems ineluctable. What is sad is when “good” food becomes unavailable or is priced out of the market. If the future of food is what is on offer at a typical US gas station, then it is bleak indeed!

  • http://urbansurvivalguidesecrets.com Urban Survival Guide

    Thomas Jefferson warned us that “If the people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.”

    Yesterday, Mike Adams of Natural News said that some Minnesota moms are being threatened with criminal charges for distributing fresh food from local farms.

    If you’re in Minnesota, there is rally scheduled for Monday 5/14, to support the local farmer who provides these fresh foods.

    Learn more @ http://www.naturalnews.com/035826_Minnesota_raw_milk_moms.html

  • Gary2

    Michael–have you heard of this?? it takes abortion to a whole new level. Caution this is sickening.

    Another reason not to have free trade with China.

    Horrifying: South Korea Seizes Chinese Capsules Made from Dead Babies, Fetuses

    http://www.theatlanticwire.com/global/2012/05/horrifyingly-ground-baby-pills-are-real-thing/51972/

    • Gary2

      Supposedly, the television team paid a lot of money to get some of the pills, and when they tested them, found the pills’ contents were 99.7 percent human, and were also able to discern the babies’ gender from the powder, as well as found hair and nail remnants.

      The dead babies used are supposedly used with the mother’s consent. The documentary will air August 6 on SBS TV South Korea.

    • Michael

      I have heard about that. I am sure I will mention that in an article soon.

      How crazy is our world?

      Michael

      • GaryToo

        The blind chinese reporter who escaped house arrest and sought asylum with hilary clinton while she was in china, he had exposed all the forced abortions and sterilizations. Its not a huge leap to think they end up in these pills.

        Its not just china and free trade. Remember the South Koreans are providing the market.

        THere are less than 5000 tigers left in the wild. The same superstitious people still believe believe in tigers penis for a natural remedy viagra and rhinoceros horn.

        All stem cells used in labs and on from there into use for the grown human in the developed world are from foetuses. I guess its ok for white people to use the unborn as medicine, but shock horror not asians.

        Hang on gary isnt it only conservatives who are completely out of touch with what the majority of people want, which is total freedom to abort, and the conservatives are regressive with right to life leanings.

        That is what you said in a previous unreferenced cut and paste post.

        • GaryToo

          I think the republicans not wanting to pay for completely free contraception was the basis for the claim they dont believe in any right to planned parenting. quite a stretch.

    • http://thetruthfulone.com/ The Truthful One

      Gary, the really crazy part is that beyond the moral implications of the practice, officials also warn of very serious health implications as well.

      According to reports, the pills, which are primarily coming from four Chinese cities — Jilin, Yanji, Tianjin, and Qingdao — often contain deadly “super” bacteria that can make individuals very sick.

      “As we analyzed the DNA, its DNA sequence is 99.7 percent to 99.9 percent coincided to humans’,” said a customs official involved with conducting analyses on the capsule powder. “Super-bacteria and other viruses and bacteria, which are harmful to the human body, have been detected.”

      At the same time, some are now lumping the revolting dead baby pills in with all herbal medicine, calling for closer scrutinization of natural medicine. It remains to be seen if the issue is used by political opportunists to further demonize nutritional and dietary supplements.

    • Orange Jean

      I agree, truly disgusting… but I am not surprised to hear that about China. Sometime, if you think you can stomach it… google “baby soup”.

      Yup, they also make soup out of babies, especially girls. I’ve seen photos posted with obviously dead little babies being prepared for the “meal” – not even just fetuses, children!

    • mondobeyondo

      That is absolutely sickening.

      If there is any doubt as to whether we evolved from animals – this should resolve the issue. No. Even animals would not do this to their children. We are becoming worse than animals.

  • Zuzana

    Wake up and read the labels.

    • http://thetruthfulone.com/ The Truthful One

      The labels lie.

      Did you know that manufacturers hide that products include MSG, by calling it a different name like autolyzed yeast extract, hydrolyzed vegetable protein and free glutamic acid. Those names sound innocent enough, but they are really sources of MSG.

      Most packaged products include corn and soy, which are the two top GMO foods. But the labels don’t tell you that ingredients are GMO.

  • a cruel accountant

    Even with all this crap food the average human life span continues to lengthen.

    • jaxon64

      Don’t be so quick to draw conclusions concerning this fact ( which is an indisputable truth). 100 years ago in 1912 the leading causes of death were TB, diarrhea form cholera, dissentary, flu etc etc…So while some very basic things like hygiene and human production/development of antigens against centuries of prior flus ( within our own bodies)and preventative shots for TB…the truth may very well be that we could live QUALITY AND FUNCTIONAL lives for several decades longer than we do.

      The big, dark secret is that there are masses and masses of humans confined to nursing homes, assisted living facilities, continual care, skilled nursing facilities etc etc. These people live sometimes 10-20 years being pumped with a dozen pills and shots a day, the GNA’s come in the morning–feed them some pureed slime or inject directly into a GI tube some nutritional paste..they are then ” gotten up” for the day- which usually involves a lift or mechanical mechanism hoyering them from bed to a geriatric chair. The geriatric chair is carted into a hallway or large room so that some nurses can cut on a blaring TV and keep an eye on them as they soil themselves and slobber down their chins…at lunch they get another feeding and then later in the day the are transferred back into bed for 10-12 hours. During these prolonged bed time they may develop sores, ulcers, muscle contractures, urinary tract infections etc etc…. then its lights out until the next day.

      The point of my ramble ( vent?) is that almost all of those in those facilities have 2 primary things in common– they were either long-time smokers or they have obesity/dietary issues. Yes, some as young as their early 50’s are no longer independently functional human beings because of the crap that is ingested into their bodies….talk about a HUGE health care cost that very few want to talk about ( and on top of it–family’s often want every possible medical intervention available done to preserve them and refuse to allow for DNR orders–I’m not talking unplugging them or euthanasia, I’m talking about cardiac arrest procedures being done on 95 year olds who haven’t walked, talked or even opened their eyes in 5 years whose families refuse to let them pass…….thanks for letting me vent, I’ll explain my personal frustration with this at another time maybe)

  • Gary2

    Michael–don’t you know the three food groups are salt, sugar. and fat?

    I ate a Burger King Whopper with cheese the other day and it tasted great while eating it but then about a hour later I felt gross.

    You are correct about the least expensive food is also the least good for you. It would cost a small fortune to eat good. And I have a garden.

  • Gary2

    Michael–it is so nice to not have a political post and a subject pretty much everyone agrees with. Posters who I have disagreed with in the past all have such good ideas on this topic. Maybe they are not as bad as I had made them out to be??

    As an aside I am trying to be more aware of how I judge people and then my mind closes and I stop learning. Not exactly a good way to go through life.

    • Michael

      It is good to always be open to learning new things.

      Michael

  • MisterC

    High fructcose corn syrup is harder to metabolize. Wonder why there has been a massive increase in diabetes? Hmmmm…..

    • mondobeyondo

      “Along the right path you are thinking. Similarity in data between diabetes and diet there must be. Hard for many of you to understand, hmmm. Hard!” – Yoda

  • Ralphieboy

    This is precisely why I have been a vegetarian for 28 years, eating organic only, no gmo foods, no soda , no alcohol. I am 62, look 42, and am in much better shape than most 20 somethings. Of course some have called me crazy for this healthy lifestyle, but people who poison themselves with junk….what are they?

    And what about the poison from big pharma and all the mood altering drugs? Here is the deal: Eat right, excercise, and depression never happens. Common sense, people! Common sense!

    • Ian

      i agree. I have been getting flack for being vegetarian, but i look in the mirror and see a 38 year old male with the body and skin texture of a 25 year old male. Vegetarian is how humans are supposed to eat. It is just what our bodis are made for.

      p.s. i have also never had to go to the doctor for anything besides a broken arm.

      • T

        Certain body types surely do best with a vegetarian diet, but to assume all humans have the same body type/genotype is a mistake. History suggests that humans evolved eating meat/are adapted for a meat diet.

  • Cheeseburger

    Seems to me that many cases of food poisoning of late has come from fresh veggies, not donuts. I suspect that most of you complaining here about processed food are overweight and prefer participating in an internet forum than mowing the lawn. It’s not the food you eat that has put you into XXL clothing, it’s the simple fact you’re too lazy to exercise (and 10 minutes a day on a treadmill doesn’t do it).

    • GaryToo

      you suspect that people who are aware to avoid processed food, and eat more healthy are overweight?

      You are right 10 mins on a treadmill isnt enough to burn a diet of junk food, 10 hours probably might break even the calories, rehydrating with soda of course.

  • Mark

    I do eat more natural food and for the past few months been baking my own bread. The bread that I have been baking does taste a whole lot better than the store bought bread. I like my bread so much that I have to bake a few loafs every week. Plus my daughter loves to eat my bread.

    I rarely eat out more than a few times a month. During the summer months I go to the farmers market every week to support the local farmers and to eat more healthy.

    Thanks for the article Mike.

  • Mind Candy

    I don’t mean to criticise, but I think there’s a typo in your headline, Michael.

    I’m pretty sure that it should read “The Food We Eat is Killing Us.”

    • Michael

      Perhaps so Mind Candy.

      Perhaps so.

      Michael

  • Nancy

    I think this is all planned. Like Ted Turner said, he and his ilk want to get rid of all but only the “best” 500,000 – that doesn’t include any of us I’m sure, only people like him.

  • jaxon64

    Michael, I also wanted to add to your farmer’s market and homegrown gardens a third resource.
    For those of you in a more suburban or rural areas you may want to find info about a CSA in your area to join ( community supported agriculture). We get a weekly notice and come pick up freshly grown produce and fruits that are local and part of a collective. The cost is way cheaper than organic produce at the grocery. The only downside is you get what’s in season–early on you get greens, peas etc..midsummer you have corn, tomatoes, squash and cukes coming out of your ears ( which is good to trade to home gardeners for some of their extra zuccinis, peppers etc)..midsummer its apples, peaches, plums..later on its the potatos, late harvest beans and autumn broccoli etc etc..even got some chinese cabbage and iceberg lettuce as late as November last year…I highly recommend to everyone.

    There’s more than one way to keep local agriculture profitable for growers and also some non-GMO, healthy food on the table !! ( at least until the Fed sends some goons in or passes some new regulation against selling home-grown produce- like they did to the dairy farmers)

  • alaina

    This is why we are taking the engine 2 diet 28 day challenge. If we like it, we are going to stay with it. http://www.engine2diet.com I don’t want to give my kids fake food.

  • Paul

    When it comes to eating healthy then we should first think about drinking healthy.

    What we mostly interpret as hunger, could also be thirst. And since the body creates water from sugar, missing water could result in “hunger” for sweets.

    So, if you want start eating healthy without spending lots, start drinking water. Just water. Tap water should be fine. Fill your botttles with tap water before you leave the house. (Provided your tap water is clean)

    And whenever you feel a hunger pang between meals or a drop in alertness in the afternoon,have a glass of water, or two.

    After a few days you will feel the difference.

    It is really amazing.

    Next use the five a day to get vitamins and minerals you need, don’t boil veggies to death. 5 mins in boiling water should do the job to kill bacteria from the shop and the farmland.

    And with those veggies and fruits and beans you take in automatically calories and starches and proteins.

    It isn’t rocket science.

  • Katy

    While I agree that fast food is killing us, I was saddened to see the article illustrated with a photo of In -N- Out Burger food. Of the fast food burger chains, In-N-Out has the healthiest food by far — real potatoes peeled in the store where you can see them, fresh never-frozen meat, fresh tomatoes, etc.

    Moreover, I like that the chain treats its employees well (benefits, decent pay). The company is family-owned and there are are Bible verses on the bottoms of all of the cups and the backs of the paper hamburger sleeves.

    • moda girl

      Elevation burger is the best, but because of their poor marketing, no one knows it and they don’t be doing as well as they should be. They are the ONLY fast food restaurant that uses grass fed and finished beef, organic cheese, and olive oil for frying their REAL potatoes.

  • MountainHome

    I agree, another great, informative article that’s not read in mainstream media.

    No wonder MSM continues the downward trend of viewers.

  • John Mead

    Food is just part of the issue, here are the rest presented in a music video. Link: http://youtu.be/mI2f6p4vjZE

  • Washington

    Salting, Curing and Smoking your own meat
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6UkXhHUTfM&feature=related

  • http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/is-the-food-we-eat-killing-us california

    why is it that many go and eat something unhealthy rather than something they can freshly make. it can really keep u healthy and alive for the most. would u rather be in a grave yard. read “IS THE FOOD WE EAT KILLING US” u could learn a lot.

  • http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/is-the-food-we-eat-killing-us sara

    i learned from an experience that many die off of fast food. watch yourself and your body. i had a friend that died off of fast food. i miss him so much. read the artical i know if he would have he would be alive. save yourself while you can.

  • http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/is-the-food-we-eat-killing-us/comment-page-2#comment-153301 lala

    im hungry for a # 2 at mc donnalds …..rest in peace sara’s friend:(

  • DB200

    Americans eat about 200 pounds of meat, poultry and fish a year—twice as much as the global average.

    Here is the article:
    http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2008/09/28/part-time-vegetarians.html

    How many planets do we need if all 7 billion people on this planet start consuming such a staggering amount?

  • Ivan

    This is an interesting break from the economic stuff, but quite welcome. Please do more articles like this.

    As a foreigner living here for the past 10 years, it is absolutely astounding to watch how so many americans eat, as well as how pervasive and near-unavoidable it is. It’s almost impossible to eat well unless you go out of your way to do so and there’s no incentive to teach people otherwise.

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