Harvard Grows a Pair?
So clearly the soda tax war will be waged for quite some time yet and I don’t really want to cover every minute detail of it.
So in light of that I haven’t added much about it this week because it does get a bit tedious.
I don’t mean tedious because it is a pointless or unimportant activity, I mean tedious in that the truth in all of it is pretty obvious.
As a result of that Big Sugar and Big Soda have only limited possibilities in the ways they can fight back.
They are of course using the repetitive garbage ploy that everyone know by now.
That’s the one where you create a “half-truth” or a one line statement that sounds like a piece of sciency information to support your unsupportable position.
You then repeat that statement over and over in the public forum so that eventually people begin to believe it is a fact.
It’s the same as the “jury is still out” argument on global warming put together by their PR departments to cause doubt about the existence and causes of global warming.
The problem for Big Soda is that no-one really seems to be listening to their complaints no matter how often they repeat them!
To make matters worse real scientists and health researchers are not only coming out and supporting the position that we need to cut the sugar down a lot but this week even Harvard turned on them!
Now you have to appreciate the deliciousness of this one.
Originally big sugar managed to deflect attention from sugar and on to fats as being the cause of increasing heart disease way back in the 60’s.
They successfully managed to redirect and poison just about all research into heart disease by that act alone so for years sugar was flying under the radar when it came to heart disease.
The way they did that was by bribing a couple of Harvard researchers into compromising their research and laying the blame on fats.
So it is ironic that this week Harvard came out with a study that modelled the Soda Tax situation in Boulder and the Bay Area that showed the actual benefits of those taxes.
Seems Harvard has grown a conscience.
- Bay Area and Boulder soda taxes would extend lives, avert millions in health costs over 10 years, Harvard model projects
Am I Really A Visual Learner?
Possibly Good News
I am not sure if this one is good news or bad news.
Some may assume it is good new because it shows that the whole idea that GMO crops would exponentially increase crop output has proven to be wrong so far.
Based on that we can all say well regardless of whether we though GMO crops were good or bad, we now know they don’t solve the problem so let’s just drop the whole thing.
Personally I don’t think that is going to happen at all!
I think that this is neither good nor bad news although if anything it sits a little on the bad side.
The history of the people that brought you such delights as GMO and Glyphosate (Yup! Looking at you Monsanto.) is such that they have never let little things like this stop them before!
So what if the predicted yields are not there, we have many, many more interesting chemical tricks up our sleeves and if you thought Roundup was bad, wait until you see the next batch!
Watch Out Mr. Bojangles!
Some people try to characterize Food Babe as some kind of food alarmist or some kind of extremist in the field of food and food ingredients.
I kind of look at that and think well it may or may not be true but most of all I look at it like this.
Let’s assume she is an extremist.
I say more power to her because when I find out that food companies are including ingredients in my food that have been shown to cause cancer, and they know about it, I would say that is pretty extreme too!
It seems that we all need to re-evaluate our mindsets here because on one hand we are looking at food companies and food producers as if they are some kind of established “norm” and that any stance against them is extreme.
It results in the crazy situation where we as consumers have to jump through hoops to prove that there are bad things in our food and in our food supply.
It should be the other way round!
Food producers should be made to jump through many hoops to prove to us that they are producing safe and healthy products.
Anyway Food Babe has a new target in her sights and this time it is Bojangles.
Can’t wait to see how this one works out!
Yeah, No Surprises Here!
I was a little shocked to have come across this article this week on the use of antidepressants for woman as an alternative to HRT.
I didn’t know that was going on but I don’t really think you have to be a health expert to conclude that it doesn’t sound like a very good idea!
It amazes me just how easily these drug companies are willing to sell their crap to just about anyone for any reason. To me it seems like there really is no difference between them and your local heroin dealer.
Both will recommend their product for just about anything you care to mention, both will sell it to you for absolutely no reason at all actually, they don’t care about the effects that may occur and they both make their products as widely available as they can.
It has become so crazy now that the other day a friend took her dog to the vet because the dog was acting a bit strange and instead of trying to find out why the vet actually went straight for the Zoloft!!! For a dog!