This is the new colonialism. Western corporations are forcing their junk food down the collective throats of the developing world.
The story is as much about economics as it is nutrition. As multinational companies push deeper into the developing world, they are transforming local agriculture, spurring farmers to abandon subsistence crops in favor of cash commodities like sugar cane, corn and soybeans — the building blocks for many industrial food products. It is this economic ecosystem that pulls in mom-and-pop stores, big box retailers, food manufacturers and distributors, and small vendors
The new reality is captured by a single, stark fact: Across the world, more people are now obese than underweight. At the same time, scientists say, the growing availability of high-calorie, nutrient-poor foods is generating a new type of malnutrition, one in which a growing number of people are both overweight and undernourished.
How Big Business Got Brazil Hooked on Junk Food https://nyti.ms/2jyJTww
Originally the staff here at NobodyisFlyingthePlane was against this tax. We looked at it from the perspective of City needing to focus energy on far greater problems. We came around this year when municipalities tried again.
Even if the money is not earmarked for health issues it does seem to have positive effects. More impact full was our realization that this could b a new way to punish corporations for harmful behavior and products. At least it may disincentivize products which do more harm than good.
It’s always heart warming to see a company that profits by poisoning people take one on the chin.
Could we come up with local taxes on coal companies and other polluters?
Big Soda’s Well-Deserved Losing Streak http://nyti.ms/2eNqeGs
Another look at just how bad our food system has gotten.
The majority of what’s available to those who experience food insecurity contributes to diabetes and health issues, making things worse for those who need it most.
The studies also point to greens and vegetables as the solution to the health issues. Too bad these are more expensive and less available than junk food.
Food Banks Take On a Contributor to Diabetes: Themselves http://nyti.ms/24VVD7O
Mark Bittman gets right to the point of what’s wrong with our food system in this column.
Things are so bad that it seems change is impossible, but that doesn’t mean we should stop pushing for it.
changing the food system is a big battle, a war even, and winning it will take campaign finance reform and a more representative House and perhaps even the abolition of the Senate as well as a whole lot of restructuring and re-regulating.
Do Sweat the Small Stuff http://nyti.ms/1DaiWyJ
An article about whats wrong with our food system.
unless you’re radically different from most of us, much of what you eat comes from corporations that process, market, deliver and sell “food,” a majority of which is processed beyond recognition.
The problem is that real food isn’t real profitable. “It’s hard to market fruit and vegetables without adding value,” says Marion Nestle, a professor of nutrition, food studies and public health at New York University. “If you turn a potato into a potato chip you not only make more money — you create a product with a long shelf life.” Potatoes into chips and frozen fries; wheat into soft, “enriched” bread; soybeans into oil and meat; corn into meat and a staggering variety of junk.
companies can create any frankenfood they feel will sell — we will continue to suffer. (Nestle often says, “A slightly-better-for-you junk food is still junk food.”) Our health will decline further, the environment will be further degraded, and our health care system (and therefore economy) will spend an increasingly disproportionate amount of money on diet-generated chronic disease.
government’s rightful role is not to form partnerships with industry so that the latter can voluntarily “solve” the problem, but to oversee and regulate industry. Its mandate is to protect public health, and one good step toward fulfilling that right now would be to regulate the marketing of junk to children. Anything short of that is a failure.
NYTimes: Parasites, Killing Their Host
Another article that shows we really don’t know what we don’t know about food and health.
The solution presented: more rigorous studies. I couldn’t agree more.
We can’t let food industry profiteers set the agenda for food, nutrition, and health. We have to get the crap ingredients and bad carbs out of our food and we have to get back to eating more natural foods.
NYTimes: Always Hungry? Here’s Why
A reminder to be suspicious of health claims about food, especially as related to cancer. The article points out that 17 years ago the word from on high was what you eat affects cancer. Now that has been reversed. There appears to be little relation. Now it seems how much you eat is of greater importance.
Good cause to question claims about food and diet.
NYTimes: An Apple a Day, and Other Myths