When I developed high blood pressure, I had to start eating healthy. It was a shock to find out how much it cost to eat healthy. The food in the supermarket was laden with high fructose corn syrup or salt. Once I had eliminated food that wasn’t good for me, there were a lot fewer choices and with a few exceptions (frozen vegetables), they cost more. One of the most important things I did was to drop soda pop from my diet. That helped a lot with my weight.
It seems to me that the way food is made and marketed in the United States is inimical to having a healthy diet. That a few large companies control food distribution in the nation does not surprise me.
There is something bizarre in the fact that costs more to eat healthy than badly.
Willie Nelson: Why We Must Occupy Our Food Supply
What does this matter for those of us who eat? Corporate control of our food system has led to the loss of millions of family farmers, the destruction of soil fertility, the pollution of our water, and health epidemics including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and even certain forms of cancer. More and more, the choices that determine the food on our shelves are made by corporations concerned less with protecting our health, our environment, or our jobs than with profit margins and executive bonuses.
This consolidation also fuels the influence of concentrated economic power in politics: Last year alone, the biggest food companies spent tens of millions lobbying on Capitol Hill with more than $37 million used in the fight against junk food marketing guidelines for kids.
High Fructose Corn Syrup & Obesity
- I’m feeling corny. Memoirs from a corn fed woman (thedeadrevolutionist.wordpress.com)
- Beware of Fructose (menopausemaniac.com)
- The Dangers of High Fructose Corn Syrup (seedtosalad.wordpress.com)
- Kids at Risk for Cardiovascular Disease from High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCF) Consumption (ecochildsplay.com)
- Bill Gates Rebranding GMOs as “High-Tech Agriculture” (mountainrepublic.net)
- What is high fructose corn syrup? (greenanswers.com)