Our Toxic Food Environment

What's wrong with our food supply. Tips for avoiding the deadly nutritional landmines that confront us.

Eric Armstrong

According to Kelly Brownell, director of Yale's Center for Eating and Weight Disorders, Americans live in a "toxic food environment". I couldn't agree more. Here are some of the really critical factors that combine to create that environment:

If I were to point the finger at *one* thing that has gotten us the most deeply in trouble, it is the failure to achieve "separation of business and state". We've separated church and state, but government policy making is too heavily influenced by lobbyists and campaign contributions. That severely limits our capacity to react to this information in a timely way. (Mistakes made in ignorance early last century were understandable. But perpetuating the folly after the all the understanding that developed in the latter half of the century is unforgivable.)

For example, the problems with partially hydrogenated oils have been known for 20 or 30 years. One spokesman said that if they knew then what they know now, they would not have not made it. I'm not sure I even believe that anymore. But it is manifestly clear how deadly the stuff is. It should be outlawed. Immediately.

But what are the chances of that happening?

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