You Want Poop With That?
OK, this has to be one of my favorite quotes of all time:
“In The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Michael Pollan points out how concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), are dependent upon the cost of corn remaining low. The government ensures these low corn prices by throwing billions of dollars a year the top 1 percent of corn farms in the United States.
Since 1995, a whopping $85 billion has been taken from taxpayers and given to corn producers; all of this so you can have poop in your burger.”
It is amazing how often you come across these bizarre situations that Governments have gotten themselves into and we have to buy out way out.
Because the truth is that the Government is supposed to be us but when you see this sort of thing you just have to wonder how much “us” was involved in the process and how much “big business” was in there as well!
It seems to me that the only time there is an “us” in the whole Government thing is when at all goes to pot and we need to dig ourselves out of a mess.
- Consumer Reports Study Finds that Nearly All Ground Beef Sold in America Has Feces in It
Humans In 1000 Years
A Rose by Any Other Name…
Very often I have added my two cents worth on the whole sugar debate thing and I will probably continue to do so as long as it keeps swinging around on it’s “all or nothing” axis.
You see the idea that NO sugar is a necessary step for someone to take is just an extreme and when it comes to humans, extremes never go well.
We have this kind of inbuilt mechanism that says that if I can’t have it… I MUST have it.
Or, If I MUST have it, then I don’t want it!
It’s just human nature and really, I don’t think that in the case of sugar it needs to be that way. It is true that sugar has played a part in the human diet for thousands of years but the difference now is that we are openly being sold products that contain sugar in it pure state rather than as part of a package.
The main types of sugar we are subjected to are glucose, sucrose and fructose.
The reality is that the sugar our bodies run on is the glucose and it is this form of sugar that is the easiest on us.
The other types of sugar like sucrose and fructose are handled differently in our bodies and have the potential to do some really big damage, but only if we are taking in huge amounts.
Now remember that a huge amount of sucrose would be a big glass of coke!
After all there is no substitute or comparable food product in the natural world that it going to pack that amount of sugar.
In real terms a lot of people get confused by all of this because they don’t really feel they are consuming a lot of “sweet” things.
Herein lies the problem because what many people are unaware of is that the real sugar danger is not actually the sugar you know about.
It’s the sugar that has been added as part of the production process of many of our normal foods. Check out the article below to read more.
Urban Food Policy
Americans tend to place announcements regarding actions taken by Mayors of towns and cities as having some official importance.
That’s because in America the local Mayor does have some degree of control and authority over what goes on in the town.
In Europe or even New Zealand and Australia this is not the case and apart from some very limited urban planning powers there is not much else they have the power to do and tend to be more of a PR / figurehead role.
The article below goes to a story regarding a group of over 100 Italian Mayors who have signed on to a pact outlining what they support as “good practices” regarding the production of food in their respectives areas.
Even though this is a voluntary pact and legally is a bit of a toothless tiger there is still an important point to it.
It’s good to see that a greater proportion of what we would once have referred to as “the establishment” are beginning to understand the inherent problems we have in the production of food and that action is needed.
That in many cases Governments and big business have provided at the very least “tainted” information on the subject and that it is now time to wrest back control over the situation as neither can seem to be trusted.
News this week that relates to an article from last week concerning the use of antibiotics in the food system.
As I mentioned in that article there are now long standing practices in place that are allowing the production of meat products to be dominated by those that use antibiotics for no other reason that to increase that production.
When you think about how crazy that is the mind boggles!
Anyhoo there have been people trying to bring attention to this practice for some time now and FoodBabe is one of the ones at the forefront.
This week Subway finally caved in on the subject and announced a timeline for removing all meat products from their line up where antibiotics have been used.
They are quoted as giving a 2016 deadline for poultry products and 2025 for other meat products.
That may sound a bit far off for some people but it has to be taken in the context of the bigger picture.
Generally when these types of changes occur it has little effect on the problem itself which is the unnecessary use of antibiotics in the production process.
Ultimately when one big one like Subway falls the producers tend to go on without change because they do not view one buyer as “the whole market.”
However when one like Subway has dropped then the pressure on the others like McDonalds etc gains momentum and pretty soon a war breaks out as to who is suddenly the healthiest!
Not long after that the producers start to lose contracts because they are not antibiotic free and before too long that pressure cause them in turn to change.
This is not the sort of thing that historically changes overnight but at least the ball is not rolling in the right direction.
Blood Sugar Control
No, I am not posting this link because I want you to use the information in order to consume MORE sugar!
However it is a handy list of things that can help your body deal with your existing sugar intake… which is probably too high!
IBS is another of those things that the medical profession like to characterize as a Syndrome.
Now if you are not au fait with the medical world and its terms you may just let that slide on by without a second thought.
Because a Doctor says you have some kind of thing wrong with you, you automatically think that’s the case and subsequently place control of the matter into the Doctor’s hands.
However the term syndrome is used in a specific way in medical terminology and for a specific reason.
A disease is called a disease because a single source or set of sources can be identified as causing that disease.
In other words a disease has to have an identifiable cause.
Additionally a disease has to have a finite and equally identifiable set of symptoms which must be present partially or in their entirety to name the condition a disease.
A syndrome is a horse of an entirely different color.
A syndrome is a broad set of symptoms which can vary widely from patient to patient having an equally broad set of “possible” causes.
Have you ever wondered why just about the entire textbook of psychiatric diagnosis is filled with “conditions” or “syndromes?” It is for the same reason.
They have no clue as to cause and they have such a broad set of symptoms that just about anyone could be diagnosed as having any of them!
Well except for Infant Regurgitative Syndrome… that one is only for babies. And, yes, that’s a real diagnosis!
Anyway, IBS falls well and truly under the syndrome banner because no-one really knows why people get it, what causes it and how to deal with it.
From my point of view the first thing you need to do in dealing with it is to take control of it, take ownership of it.
Of course follow any medical advice you have, that’s a given.
But in the meantime learn what you can about it and see if there are way in which you can identify triggers or causes in your case and learn to manage them.
Here’s a good article to get started with.