This is a really long read by Michael Hobbes, and there are many quotes I could pull in the hopes that you’ll read it. I’m going with this one, because the issue with our food supply is, in my opinion, the biggest public health crisis we talk the least about:
“Since 1980, the obesity rate has doubled in 73 countries and increased in 113 others. And in all that time, no nation has reduced its obesity rate. Not one.The problem is that in America, like everywhere else, our institutions of public health have become so obsessed with body weight that they have overlooked what is really killing us: our food supply. Diet is the leading cause of death in the United States, responsible for more than five times the fatalities of gun violence and car accidents combined. But it’s not how much we’re eating—Americans actually consume fewer calories now than we did in 2003. It’s what we’re eating.”
Fructose is killing us, and, through subsidies to Big Ag, we’re actually paying it to. Then, when we buy this shit, we’re doing it again. If you’ve never seen “A Place at the Table,” watch it to see just how this works. Meanwhile, foods that make us healthy (fresh produce) remain out of reach for so many, and institutions (the medical community, the political establishment) act like there’s a free market, efficient market with people simply making informed choices based on preference. Nothing could be further from the truth.