Food, One of the tools to make a difference.
Like so many of the natural processes in our culture, the production, distribution and consumption of food has been hijacked by corporate terrorists. However this is an arena where we as individuals have a lot at stake. Each and every one of us depends on a good healthy source of food for our daily survival and there are growing signs that we are taking the time to learn more about our food, where it comes from and what impact it has not only on us as individuals but on the world in which we live.
This Portal is about the good news of the growing alternatives and how we can tap into them for the health of our families but before we get there here are a few things you might like to think about.
- The Agri-food Industry is producing approximately 4000 calories per day (twice the 2000 recommended by the FDA) of food product for every man, woman and child in America.
- On average each citizen consumes 2000 pounds of corn and corn products per year. Over 80% however is not corn on the cob or kernels its in the form of corn syrup (the main ingredient in soft drinks) and other food additives manufactured from corn. Not only do we eat the corn directly but it is fed to the beef that is slaughtered to become our steak, the dairy cow that produces our milk, butter and cheese, the chickens that lay our eggs, the turkeys that give thanks for laying on our table once a year, and the pigs that are cut up into neat little bacon strips. Its all transformed corn.
- Most corn grown in North America is patented, round-up ready corn, whose seeds are supplied by Monsanto. Round-up Ready means the corn is genetically engineered to be resistant to the liberal application of the herbicide Round-up so that it survives the chemical dousing while all else around it dies. Guess who sells the farmer the Round-up; Monsanto - Over 6 billion in sales in 2005.
- On average the corn farmer receives one dollar in subsidies for every dollar in actual corn sales. These high high subsidies have caused us to produce literal mountains of corn. More than we can reasonably consume. Reasonably.
- The latest data from the National Center for Health Statistics show that 30 percent of U.S. adults 20 years of age and older—over 60 million people—are obese. This increase is not limited to adults. The percentage of young people who are overweight has more than tripled since 1980. Among children and teens aged 6–19 years, 16 percent (over 9 million young people) are considered overweight.
- Being overweight or obese increases the risk of many diseases and health conditions, including the following:
- On a diet and using artificial sweeteners? Got arthritis? Can't sleep? Monsanto products to the rescue. http://www.greenmatters.com/gm/subscribers/activism/monsantoplist.html
The Botany of Desire: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHUKC8ovPzE&feature=related
The future of food http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EnD-DiDRIJA&feature=related