Want to read something depressing? Check this one out!
To be honest I think the correct reaction to this article is to not get depressed at all.
I think it really needs to be seen, understood for what it is and for the average person to express their disagreement.
It is incredible to have watched the glacial movement of the FDA in arriving at some pretty weak and watered down guidelines on food labelling over the past few years.
The fact that it has taken years is amazing in itself but the process that has lead to the current guidelines should be required study in high schools everywhere.
I don’t see it as a study in health or anything like that!
I see it an almost perfect example of how governments supposedly representing the wishes and interests of the public are manipulated into serving the interests of business.
The cycle on each point is pretty simple and repeats endlessly so in a nutshell here is how Americans have lost their democracy.
First of all you start with government representatives who although elected by their constituents, got elected mainly due to political donations to their campaigns.
The system has morphed over the years into this model.
Without donations they can’t get reelected so they have to have the donations.
Then we have the FDA.
The FDA is presented with a fact and let’s say in this example that the vast majority of Americans have clearly stated they want to know if the products they are buying contains GMO products.
Pretty simple so far!
Then the industry groups step in and don’t want that to happen so they start the process of lobbying for it not to happen.
They use “incentives” for the politicians, they promise funds for re-election to the politicians and they provide the politicians with everything they need to go against the wishes of the people they represent.
The people interested enough fight back but can’t provide the “incentives” the lobbyists can and all of a sudden you have legislation that directly flies in the face of what the public wants.
This is a pattern repeated all over the political landscape time and time again.
So that’s basically how it can take the FDA three years to come up with labelling rules that could at best be described as pathetic.
A case in point!
It’s not really sugar!
It’s evaporated cane juice that has been refined to a point of crystallizing.
- Odwalla evaporated cane juice lawsuit back in play
Inventing a Low-Cost Test for Cancer at Age 15
(Amazing young Man Shows Internet Not just for Duckface Selfies!)
I wanted to add this video in this week’s blog post because on a couple of fronts it is just amazing.
On one hand it shows just how interesting the results can be when someone from outside an existing or established field add a fresh perspective.
It illustrates so clearly how what at first appears to be some annoying kid pointing to an elephant in the room that no-one else sees turns out to actually be an elephant that no-one previously saw!
The other thing it illustrates is what I think to be a little ray of hope in the world.
Sure it’s easy to dismiss the average teenager especially when t comes to their internet activities.
In the media all we see in social bullying, inappropriate behaviour and naked selfies.
But that’s only what the media reports and if there is one thing the media knows is that conflict and sensation sells advertising space.
What you don’t see reported are stories like this and I believe it is very important to look at these stories and get a balance on what is really going on.
We live in times of the highly promoted or even applauded idiot, the vacuous and the cult of celebrity, there there is still hope!
A Little Motion in the Right Direction
Excellent list of resources regarding the use of beans, seeds and other grains in processed foods.
Male vs Female Orgasms – Which Is Better?
Everything you wanted to know about orgasms but were too afraid to ask!
OK, maybe this doesn’t actually answer everything about orgasms but it does go a long way to understanding them.
Bear in mind this is family friendly so there is nothing in this that covers HOW to have them, just the results!
A Little More on Labelling
Most people would probably like to think that choosing a fruit juice over a regular soda drink would be making a better choice.
I think in all honesty they know they may be are not making the BEST choice, but at least it is a better one.
The sad truth is that in many cases they not.
The information provided by juice makers is sketchy to say the least and use of terminology designed specifically to confuse the public is quite widespread in the industry.
Terms like “100% pure” and “all natural” actually don’t have any sort of industry wide definitions and manufacturers can too easily bend the rules because in most cases the rules don’t actually exist.
For example sure you can buy a 100% natural juice and from the manufacturers point of view it is. It may be made of reconstituted fruit syrup but the fruit used to boil down to make that syrup was “all natural.”
It may have a ton of added sugar but let’s face it, that sugar came from “all natural” sugar cane or “all natural” corn in the first place so what’s the big deal!
In keeping with what has turned out to be the theme of this week’s blog post you can check out the article below on just what all that terminology actually means when it comes to making juice choices.