The Fight Against Agribusiness

A recurring theme for me is how our food supply is hurting us, making us less healthy. The problem is that we have few real farmers and lots of huge agribusiness corporations who don’t care about quality, only profit. I’m not against business. But these corporations not only take our tax money from agricultural subsidies, but they control the very government agencies, agencies we pay for, that are supposed to regulate them and ensure the quality of our food supply.

That’s a part of what makes losing weight so hard. It also affects the epidemic of obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and even arthritis.

But fighting the big food companies is hard. There are few places where you, as a consumer, can control what goes into your body and those of the people around you. One such place is a farmers market. That’s one of the many reasons I’m such of fan of these. In your local supermarket, almost everything, including most of the “fresh” food, is processed.

A growing number of people are fighting back by emphasizing raw, unprocessed foods as much as possible in their diets. These groups were once seen as fringe whackos. But more and more, they are becoming main stream, fighting government regulations that favor big business over people. As author David Gumpert puts it:

Now it’s up to consumers to let the regulators and politicians know how they feel about this joint government-industry enforcement campaign to deprive citizens of health-giving foods of their choice.

His article on the latest skirmish in the “food wars” is on our News page today. Just click on the News page link on the right or at the top of this page.

I don’t know if I’d go as far as these raw food advocates, because pasteurization has saved many lives. But I also know most food contamination happens in the processing plant and feed lots, not on the farm.

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