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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Food Glorious Food

While I'm basking in meat and greens, the rest of the world keeps eating what they eat.  There's been a lot of foodie news lately, and old chef habits die hard, so here for your gustitory information is food in the news:

Virgin? Maybe not. Maybe not even olive
 http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/jan/13/extra-virginity-tom-mueller-review

Things the industrial producers don't want you to think about
http://www.cracked.com/article_19433_the-6-most-horrifying-lies-food-industry-feeding-you.html

The diet industry is as rotten as any other industry
http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2012/jan/15/women-protest-diet-industry-parliament

HuffPo's weekly food stories:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/13/great-food-stories_n_1205165.html?ref=food

The produce pesticide roundup
http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/summary/

Things regular consumers don't read
http://www.fmi.org/

I won't editorialize here. The stories and facts stand on their own. Just know that governments don't have your back when it comes to food. Like any other industry, the food producers have their lawyers and lobbyists shaping policy to keep them rich.

5 comments:

SarcasticTestGuy said...

I'm pretty new to the world of paying attention to what I eat, being that I keep most of my fat in my head, but it seems to me that we should probably be eating stuff that is as little processed as possible, and we should be able to actually read and pronounce everything on the ingredients list.

And make sure that cellulose isn't on the list either. Yeech.

It's not the whole story, I'm sure, but I think that it's a good starting point.

Austan said...

STG- After 20+ years in the food biz, little surprises me. The cellulose additive has been around since the 80s. But so little, in comparison to other issues, is ever reported about what the giant agri corps are doing- and doing legally.

mybabyjohn/Delores said...

I keep telling the husband we should start a veggie garden and go to an organic farm for our meat etc.... it's horrifying what we eat.

Austan said...

Lawless- It's much less expensive to grow your own veggies, if you have the space. And with that saving you can afford natural meat and seafood. But caveat emptor there; unless you buy from a farmer/fisherman you know and trust, the loopholes in "natural" labelling are bigger than fishnets.

CarrieBoo said...

I've just been watching a documentary on global food consumption... we may be glad for anything we can get in the not so distant future. I'm already planning my veggie patch for summer! (And I'll actually put it in a sunny spot this year.) ;)