The result has been poor administrative decisions that shaped American food culture with little basis in scientific fact, but rather based on economic and political influence. Need an example? The food pyramid helped create the current food crisis that pushed carbohydrates and fought against fats with veggies and fruits stuffed in the middle. We know today that this was largely false and based on poor science. It was convenient at best, negligent manslaughter at worst, but really all about self-preservation. Americans are left to fend for themselves and do their best to ignore this government sponsored propaganda that has been fueled by the villains of the food world. While this sentiment might appear radical and sensationalized, it echoes the health and food crisis this the US. We spend more on health any other developed nation and for the first time ever, we are seeing diminishing returns. Pile on the fact that childhood obesity has doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents over the last 30 years and you see the concern. Action is the only option.
3. Complex — how is it American to tell people what they can and can’t eat? Why should we limit options, remove convenience or increase food prices by removing government subsidies or including environmental costs? There are obvious reasons to do this and obvious reasons to not, but more importantly being aware of the situation might just be enough for now. There is nothing simple about this process — food is global and it’s hard to tell whether the chicken you had for lunch is from a local farm from a few miles away or shipped halfway around the world. It takes attention to detail and nuance to find the hidden signs to figure out what is healthy and what is not. Time, effort and sadly money are all a part of this equation. What is being missed here is the direct impact food has on your physical and mental health. Making food choices is the same as making health choices. The more conscious you are of these decisions the higher likelihood you are of being healthy.