Americans have become dependent on cheap convenience foods....
Foods that can be "prepared" in five minutes. More than 17,000 new processed food products are introduced each year. Bright, catchy packaging conceals foods laden with chemicals, unhealthy fats and high fructose corn syrup, all of which contribute to today's skyrocketing rates of obesity and illness. The trend is especially up in our youth.
Americans spend less on food than any other industrialized nation - an average of $151 per week. This amounts to less than 7% of their income. It is a pretty low value to put on your health and longevity.
The food industry has managed to cut its price extensively since 1960, and to do this, they have added in cheap and toxic ingredients. Of the 200,000 food shipments imported from China less than 2% were sampled for quality and safety. In essence, cheap food isn't cheap when you consider all of the hidden costs associated with it. You may pay at the grocery store, but in reality it is a down payment because you are paying five more times for your food after the first payment.
The five payments after the down payment....
1. Subsidies: At tax time, you pay for cheap food a second time with your contributio9n to agricultural subsidies. Processed food is mostly corn, canola, soy, rice, wheat and sugar. These products, along with cotton, account for 98% of subsidies.
2. Foodborne Illnesses: You may pay for cheap food a third time if you viist your doctor as a result of foodborne illnesses. CDC estimates that foodborne illnesses such as E coli and salmonella cause 5,200 deaths each year in the U.S. Mass scale operations are riddled with quality control problems, leading to outbreaks of illness and food recalls.
3. Chronic Disease: You pay for it a fourth time if you return to your doctor for a chronic illness like heart disease, obesity, diabetes, stroke and cancer. You can consider these "foodborne" illnesses that just take a little longer to manifest. According to the CDC, one in three children born in the year 2000 will develop Type 2 Diabetes.
4 . Environment: As soon as the factory farmer files for bankruptcy and leaves, you pay for your food a fifth time. This is what often happens when they are asked to clean up their land, a monumental expense that often results in bankruptcy, sticking the rest of us with the tab.
5. Energy: The sixth time is when you pay your fuel bill. Processed foods and imported foods have an extremely large energy footprint. One-fifth of U.S. fossil fuel consumption goes to the growing packaging and transporting food.
IMPORTANT: Monoculture Destroys Soil
Monoculture, or monocropping, refers to the agricultural practice of growing a single crop year after year on large expanses of land without rotating the crop. Corn, soyvbeans, wheat and to some degree, rice, are the most common crops grown with monocropping techniques.
Monocropping encourages the use of GE seeds. It requires heavy pesticide and herbicide use and is extremely destructive to the soil as well as to biological diversity. GE crops and food products pose a threat to your health and ability to resist disease. They also reduce the strength of the soil and lessen the global food supply. The earth's soil is now depieting at more than 31% the rate it can be replaced due to our chemical-based agriculture system.
Just because a farm is "organic" does not mean it is necessarily environmentally friendly and sustainable. Some larger organic farms still employ monoculture much like a conventional field. Many do not rotate their crops and use insect sprays on a massive scale. Small, local farms do not necessarily use sustainable agricultural practices either. These are important distinctions making it more important that you know the farmer personally.
1/3 of the most dangerous resistant pathogens are in your food.....
According to a CDC report, there are 12 resistant pathogens that pose a serious threat to public health. 1/3 of them are found in food. The four drug-resistant pathogens in question are:
Campylobacter which causes an estimated 2310,000 infections and 28 deaths per year.
Salmonella which is responsible for another 100,000 infections and 38 deaths annually
Denmark eliminated antibiotics in their livestock farms, and the production of their meat products increased 50%. In the United States, the meat industry is standing in the way of curbing antibiotic use. The pharmaceutical industry is naturally against it since they provide the animal feed. Both industries envision a loss of income plus farmers insist they would have to raise the cost of their product, and that would end the cheap food.