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Old 03-25-2010, 04:32 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic east coast
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Okay, maybe I'm naive, but I'm trying to figure this out--why does it seem, from what I've been reading in magazines, on the Web and see on TV, that most everything in the grocery store is unhealthy for us to eat??

Let's see:

-meat, chicken, pork: loaded with hormones and antibiotics

-snack foods: high salt, filled with partially hydrogenated fats and oils

-canned foods: brimming with salt, MSG, other additives

-sodas: sugar, or cancer-causing fake sugar

-fruit juices: ditto, see above

and

let's not forget all the foods loaded with that wonderful high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) that many doctors link to our rampant obesity and diabetes epidemic--even among young kids. HFCS--it's everywhere--in our ketchup, tomato sauce, breakfast cereals..shows up in the most unexpected places.

Why?

Our Dept. of Agriculture subsidizes corn growers. Tons of it are grown, and it shows up in all our foods these days. Hmmm...our govt. is subsidizing a product that is harming our health?? Diabetes! Obesity!! Say it isn't so. Why doesn't the FDA subsidize organic farmers whose products help our health??

What gives?

Why do we, the food-buying public, have to run this mine field every time we grocery shop? Isn't our FDA supposed to protect us?

So if we're obese, have high blood pressure, diabetes, heart conditions--where's the help? Why so many unhealthy foods, and so few healthy ones? I'm so tired of reading every label, hoping against hope, that I might find something, just a few things, not loaded with salt, HFCS, additives and other garbage.

Seems to me the food industry is designing foods that take us directly, do not pass go, to the doctors and the pharmaceutical industry.

And frankly, it ticks me off.

How about you?

I want the FDA to help us have wholesome foods!

How about you?

Answers, I want answers.
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Old 03-25-2010, 05:55 PM
 
Location: most beautiful place ever
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Good questions, Dolphin. I'm going to keep my thoughts to myself on this one
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Old 03-25-2010, 06:03 PM
 
Location: Way South of the Volvo Line
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I can only use about 1% of the available manufacturers coupons because most of the are for processed, ready-to-eat garbage(IMHO) foods. I try to let my hunter-gatherer ancestors guide me as to what foods are best; eat what is locally available in season, eat all meats, fish lean, limited grains and only whole grains, making green leaf vegetables my diet staple. Of course this is my goal...it's so hard to pass the Cheezits and chocolates.
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Old 03-25-2010, 06:17 PM
 
Location: Planet Eaarth
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"Seems to me the food industry is designing foods that take us directly, do not pass go, to the doctors and the pharmaceutical industry."

When I say this I'm not being a smart pants at all but what do people think the FDA and food business was doing all the time they had the public distracted by attacking smokers and tobacco?

If people would take the time they would find that Monsanto, Cargill etc. have taking control of America's food chain with their GM and other adulterated products that MAKE people fat or want to eat more so their investments will grow while making their interest in Pharma worth more by ensuring more customers to treat.

You might want to grow your own food but you'll have a tough time getting good seed and/or feed for any livestock that Monsanto or Cargill don't have a finger in.
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Old 03-25-2010, 06:38 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic east coast
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Thanks, Tightwad, that DOES explain it...like pigs to slaughter so are we led it seems...
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Old 03-25-2010, 06:53 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic east coast
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Just uncovered this article that supports what Tightwad said..good going TW:

Bombing Museum Pieces

Well folks, game's over...we're s.o.l....
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Old 03-25-2010, 06:54 PM
 
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It ain't just food. The entire government is run by big buisness and it is getting worse with even more rights for corporations.
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Old 03-25-2010, 07:02 PM
 
Location: 3814′45″N 12237′53″W
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Buy heirloom seeds, grow your own food. Meet local farmers buy directly from the growers. Screw the grocery stores, they don't sell actual food anyway.

Begin here:

Local Harvest / Farmers Markets / Family Farms / CSA / Organic Food
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Old 03-25-2010, 07:19 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic east coast
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Many thanks, bellalunatic, for that URL link...I found a local farmer's market I'd forgotten about...they open May 1st...

Wish I could grow my own but my back yard is all shade from big trees...not good for crops...
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Old 03-25-2010, 07:34 PM
 
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I try to let my hunter-gatherer ancestors guide me as to what foods are best; eat what is locally available in season, eat all meats, fish lean, limited grains and only whole grains, making green leaf vegetables my diet staple.
LOL, i thought that i was the only hunter gatherer left as i THRIVE on fatty red beef and salmon, cruciferous vege's, frozen blueberries and coconut oil etc. as it's usually 3 large boring salads a day but it's what i'm using to reach 100 and still be fit like my idol Jack Lalanne who is 96 years young and still works out six days a week .
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