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
Eating meat and other animal products doesn’t have to be a binary choice such as veganism to do good.
We can improve health and environmental outcomes by eating less. The author calls it Reducetarian. We all know that livestock production is a major contributor to climate change. Now you can feel good about consuming fewer animal products rather then cutting them out entirely.
How can someone objectively believe that corporate funded research doesn’t bias scientific outcomes?
There’s just so much evidence that it does. This isn’t to say that every collaboration is biased, but we should presume that it’s more likely to exist than not.
Scientists Loved and Loathed by an Agrochemical Giant http://nyti.ms/2iOYpLm
Another story of our demand for food threatening our environment. There is a way for us to live in harmony with our world, but we haven’t figured it out yet.
There must be somewhere we could grow avocados sustainably which wouldn’t have such a impact, but greed gets in our way of finding it.
Avocados Imperil Monarch Butterflies’ Winter Home in Mexico http://nyti.ms/2f4itH3
The food industry doesn’t need Silicon Valley to make the needed changes which would benefit everyone. We just need to stop eating so much meat. Sure we need disruption in our food system, but not the sort that just replaces existing crap with a newer technology.
With 45 percent of the Earth’s land, and more than a quarter of its water already devoted to animal farming, which “accounts for as much or more greenhouse gas emissions than every car, bus, truck, train, ship and airplane in the world combined,” Brown, a vegan for 15 years, was spurred to action.
We definitely don’t need expensive juicers that make better juice. Juice isn’t good for you. This kind of tech innovation doesn’t solve any real world problems.
However we’d be willing to consider the kind of food tech that makes a real meatless burger with most of the prized qualities of the old fashioned burger.
They were vegan, made entirely from plants—without any hormones, antibiotics or slaughterhouse contaminants—but possessing the unmistakable texture and savoriness of real ground meat. Get ready to wrap your mind—and taste buds—around the Impossible Burger. Created by Impossible Foods, a Redwood City startup.
“I don’t think a large number of people blind-tasting it would be able to tell it’s not beef. It represents a viable and exciting possibility to make large-scale change in our food system.”
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