Why did I choose this headline?
I chose it because as consumers, unless we’re willing to shop organic and farmer’s markets, pay premium prices, spend much time researching and really knowing what we are eating, we are eating genetically modified, pesticide laden food flavored with chemicals every single day of our lives. And it is killing us. We may as well be starving.
Strong statement? You bet it is – and I believe it wholeheartedly.
The average consumer (by average consumer, I mean the consumer who relies only on fronts of packages and the occasional news clip for information about nutrition) doesn’t know, or even want to know the diabolical processes occurring in food production before it reaches store shelves in those shiny packages that read things like “family owned farm since 1921” or “all natural” in great big letters. We see those words on the label, toss the product into our cart, and never think a thing of it.
The result of this chosen ignorance is not hard to see. Really fat people everywhere you look. Diabetes. Heart disease. Cancer. It is an all too familiar list these days. Not so visible signs of our unhealthy times include things like a marked increase in food allergies, digestive and metabolic diseases that would have shocked folks even 30 years ago.
Americans are fat and sick. This is why I say we are the new “third world”. Without a lot of diligence and expenditure, we don’t generally have access to fresh, real, whole foods on a daily basis. Couple that with the fact that many Americans are indifferent to what they eat. As long as it tastes good and fills them up – nothing more need be required. In earlier times, that approach actually worked because food was generally more whole, locally grown and not nearly as processed. Plastic had not yet taken over the world. The smiling milkman left a glass bottle of truly fresh milk not full of growth hormones and antibiotics on your doorstep in the morning, and when you were done with it, you put out your empty bottle to be reused.
Today? Heck, indigenous peoples living in straw huts far removed from civilization eat fresher, more “whole” foods than Americans do.