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
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
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
We’ve got the food biz all wrong. Instead of providing healthy food it’s designed to maximize corporate profit.
When will we all realize this is not good for humans, it’s not good for animals, and it’s not good for the planet.
“I wouldn’t say it is dysfunctional,” Weaver told me. “More like it is functioning very well for the companies and their executives only, and very poorly for farmers and consumers.”
Poultry farming now is entirely different from what it was when I was a farm kid in Oregon with our family flock of chickens. Today’s business model is infinitely more efficient, but it also raises environmental concerns such as antibiotic overuse and is fundamentally oppressive for animals and farmers alike.
When even chicken farmers say that the system has failed, it’s time for consumers to use their buying power to push for food that causes less harm to everyone, human and bird alike. If we can rally on behalf of a frightened dog in Orlando, can’t we also muster concern for billions of farm animals — as well as the humans struggling to raise them?
Animal Cruelty or the Price of Dinner? http://nyti.ms/1WxFogk
Farm to table is all lies. Almost no one can actually sell Fatman fresh local food in a restaurant. The economics just don’t work out.
IF YOU EAT FOOD, you are being lied to every day.
Sure drought is not really the farmer’s fault, but actually it is.
If the cost of food, and meat especially, reflected the true cost to produce and transport it we would eat vastly different things.
Let’s stop Big Ag from setting the agenda for what we eat and how much water we have to waste to produce it.
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