A couple of years ago, I wrote an article titled “Our Food is Killing Us”, but I was wrong it is not our food that is killing us but rather our government who is killing us. 

September 14, 2009 I wrote you about HR 875, The Monsanto dream bill, where the government is taking control of your land by not allowing you to farm your own food.  Putting strict rules and regulations on animal husbandry and demanding GPS tracking for animals on even small domestic farms.   This would absolutely make it so that small farming for personal consumption would not be cost effective, which is what Monsanto is banking on. 

Now the government is at it again, trying to keep us from keeping ourselves healthy.  There are guidelines already that the dietary supplement companies have to follow; now they are going to make them stricter, but only for whole food supplements.  If you are making synthetic supplements you need not worry because you don’t have to follow any of the new guidelines that the FDA is now trying to implement. http://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceComplianceRegulatoryInformation/Gui...

Now I’m not against our government trying to make sure that what goes into our supplements is healthy, but when there will be no guidelines for synthetic supplements this seems to be a little biased.  The government in essence is saying that synthetic supplements are no problem, that it is the whole food supplements that we need to worry about.  Please!!!!  Don’t get me wrong there should be guidelines set for dietary supplements, because at this point you could even be taking supplements that have tar as a filler.  This is absolutely unbelievable, they would allow that but they are going to put stricter laws on whole food supplements.  All the while the junk food corporations go unchecked.

This article was taken from the New York Times.  Amazing what our government deems necessary.

 

  May 3, 2011, 8:30 pm

Junk Food ‘Guidelines’ Won’t Help

By MARK BITTMAN

 

Mark Bittman on food and all things related.

Imagine your child’s teacher was distributing twice daily snacks, before and after lunch — maybe Snickers and PopTarts in the morning, Mountain Dew and fries in the afternoon. Now let’s pretend you complain to the principal, who tells the teacher, “Could you please stop doing that? You have until … five years from Tuesday.”

Would you allow that?

Yet that’s pretty much what the Federal Trade Commission and other government agencies did last week when they announced food marketing guidelines. The agencies would like Big Food to refrain from marketing to children foods with more than 15 percent saturated fat, 210 milligrams of sodium or 13 grams of added sugar per serving or any trans fat at all.

But instead of announcing, “We have guidelines you must follow, and we’ll give you until January 2012 to comply,” the F.T.C. said, in effect, “We have voluntary guidelines we hope you’ll follow — they’re voluntary, you understand — and in five years we’d like you to voluntarily comply with these voluntary guidelines.”

We need legal action, not voluntary guidelines. The federal agencies that are involved with the F.T.C. in this request for less marketing to children — the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and the Agriculture Department — deserve credit for acknowledging marketing’s impact. If their suggested rules were followed, food advertising would be drastically different. “There’d be a large number of products they’d no longer be advertising,” says Marion Nestle, a New York University professor of nutrition and public health and the author of the book “What to Eat.”

But five more years, and then it’s voluntary? Five more years of allowing children to think that a diet of Cinnamon Toast Crunch, PopTarts, Doritos, 7UP and Chicken McNuggets is normal? By then, your five-year-old is 10; your newborn is five, and his or her eating patterns are set. Five more years — at least — of America bulking up? Who will pay for all that diabetes?

The F.T.C. is endorsing food that contributes to a healthful diet, but it’s mandating nothing, simply requesting voluntary compliance from a blame-the-victim industry that pushes ultra-processed, unhealthful junk. From fast food to cookies, snacks and breakfast cereals (many with the same nutritional profile as cookies) and worst of all, sugar-sweetened beverages, many of these products have these things in common: their slim “benefits,” if any, often come from chemically added nutrients, and they contain multiple forms of sugar, highly refined carbohydrates, chemically extracted fats and mystery ingredients only a food scientist or profiteer could love.

These concoctions are the poster children for what’s wrong with American food and in turn our diet, and about Big Food’s marketing strategies and power, which harm our diet, weight, health and budget. (Nearly every age group weighs at least 10 percent more than they did in the mid-‘60s, and our diabetes rate increased by 164 percent from 1980 to 2009, according to the CDC. See my blog for more numbers on this.)

Food marketing to children needs to be reined in, and it’s impossible for me to believe that Coke is going to voluntarily refrain from marketing to anyone, let alone the children and adolescents who comprise the largest segment of its market. One more statistic, then I’ll stop: the average male adolescent consumes 300 calories of soda a day, about 15 percent of his required calories.

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/05/03/junk-food-guideline...

They are telling us that the whole food supplements (that may keep you healthy and live a better quality life) need guidelines all the while allowing our children to become the walking dead, with diabetes, heart disease, and weight problems.  The bigger picture here is that the government is in bed with too many companies that do not have our best interest at heart.  Big Pharma makes too much money to see the citizens of the United States take their health into their own hands.  Big Food also is going to lobby as much as they can so they don’t lose their income.  Mosanto is going to lobby and has for the right of your food.  If you can’t grow it, you have to buy it from them.  Our government is killing us. 

What I don’t understand is that if we were all healthier we wouldn’t need medical as much and would save money on healthcare.  Everything the government does is an oxymoron.

 

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LOL  you are so right, just read your article "The Left is its own Worst Nightmare".  Right on!  Wish that this would make them implode, but I doubt it.
All points well taken
And the solution is…

First I have to say that I don't agree with the government being in all of our business, the article at the end by Mark Bittman was added to show how ridiculous our government is in wanting to control  the way our food is grown and these stupid guidelines they are putting on whole food supplements.  That they would put strict guidelines on the things we do to keep healthy and let Big Food and Pharma go about willy nilly is a testament to how stupid these people really are, or is it how stupid they think the American people are.

With the way our food is grown and produced now, it is almost a must for most folks, who are concerned for their health, to take supplements.  And now the government had their finger in that as well.  It's almost as if they want you to be unhealthy.  

I am on an acre now, and that is to make sure that we have what we need and to facilitate the health of my family.  I hate buying produce anymore, it is absolutely tasteless, this is what they have done to all of us, Monsanto and their practices are world wide, not just here in the states. 

I don't know what the solution is Hugh, other than going behind the governments back and taking care of yourself the best way you know how and with what you grow yourself.

I just want to know the laws so when I break one I know it. I want them simple. I will break any law I feel is unjust, or goes against what my God tells me is right. I grow my own food, I can hunt on my property, I have a well I am putting in; drive point hand pump, so I do not need electric for water. I am working on a pond.

I do not go behind the governments back. I do it in their face.

You have to do what is right for your family. As I often told my soldiers; “you can do what your paycheck can afford, but if you cross the line your paycheck will go to the old soldier’s home, and as a potential resident I want to get a new pool for it.”

There are consequences for your actions, if you are willing to face them you can do what ever you want to.

No one can enslave a free man, you can only kill them. So I choose liberty and everyone leaves the “crazy old man alone.”

It tastes a lot better if you grow your own, and I taught my granddaughters to love fresh vegetables by letting them grow some. Of course I got some funny looks when I got them a bag of cow manure for their birthday.

May God Bless you and protect your family.

My kids will be in Ag, this year (a form of 4h in the highschool), they will buy an amimal of their choosing, probably a pig or a goat, raise it and hope to get something out of it at the Junior Fair.  We live in San Diego, so this is a big thing for us.  Their school is the only one in our district that offers this.  We still consider the area "Red-neck" area, in a sea of businesses and track housing.  Just bought the acre, so the garden will be the biggest we've ever grown.  Wish I had a well, but we are at least looking into solar. 

Nothing like being your own person, I agree with you on that Hugh, and if they want to call me a crazy old lady,  I only hope they wait at least 10 more years!  LOL

You can always be the “Crazy Cat Lady” and save old for latter.

Pigs stink and are a lot of work, goats eat a lot and are destructive to shrubbery, try Lambs, they roast really good and taste better than Goats.

Good luck and God Bless.

The coyote's eat the cat's so I might have to be the crazy dog lady, either way I don't care as long as I can take care of my family.  Maybe a lamb, my son heard they are really dumb though.

pacontreras

 

The Times article says: “We need legal action, not voluntary guidelines.”

This is exactly why we have the mess we do in this country.  Everything has to be a law.  We have more laws now than it is possible to enforce.  Whatever happened to education and personal responsibility for the choices each of us makes?  Those of us who prefer liberty think “guidelines” is far enough.  I can use them or ignore them to my benefit or peril – but it is MY choice.  Laws that are selectively enforced make us “unequal” under the law (see Gibson Guitars).

 

 

The Times article also says: “What I don’t understand is that if we were all healthier we wouldn’t need medical as much and would save money on healthcare.”  Interesting point but it overlooks the obvious.  The use of the word “healthier” implies different levels of health in different people.  When we finally get our diets figured out and personalized to each person’s DNA requirements by age, some new, but today unheard of, health standard will arise and the lament will once again be “ …if we were all healthier we wouldn’t need …”.  The writer’s perspective is certainly centered on the United States. If it were otherwise, he would be celebrating the robust health and longevity of Americans relative to the rest of the world.  As to his savings on healthcare due to a healthier person, other nations of the world don’t seem to be ruining their credit to provide healthcare for all.

You must read the whole dialogue.  I stated after in a reply to Hugh "

First I have to say that I don't agree with the government being in all of our business, the article at the end by Mark Bittman was added to show how ridiculous our government is in wanting to control  the way our food is grown and these stupid guidelines they are putting on whole food supplements.  That they would put strict guidelines on the things we do to keep healthy and let Big Food and Pharma go about willy nilly is a testament to how stupid these people really are, or is it how stupid they think the American people are.

With the way our food is grown and produced now, it is almost a must for most folks, who are concerned for their health, to take supplements.  And now the government had their finger in that as well.  It's almost as if they want you to be unhealthy."

Also the statement at the bottom is mine not Mark Bittmans.  Only in reference also to the fact that we are paying for so many things that people take for granted.  If we were a healthier nation, the Left might not be wanting a health care for all program.  If I go out and eat 3 big macs a day how could I possiblly suggest that someone else pay for my medical. 

But don't tell me that you are going to give guidelines for food that is already healthy and no guidelines for synthetics that we don't even know yet what they may cause in the future.

Essentially we are on the same page JeansBrother.  I was just in a sarcastic mood, as I usually am.   

I agree with you that to regulate what is made by nature and not regulate what is made by man is, at a minimum, inconsistent and could border on arrogance and self-importance. 

 

My mother and father, who would today be in their hundreds, didn't seem to have a problem choosing healthy foods for us as we were growing up.  Food was largely unregulated; market forces were working; and people shunned poor quality.  They also had the advantage of not being lazy and not having too many fast-food restaurants available.

 

Sorry for the incorrect attribution.  I missed the end of the article.  I would have been a little less pointed had I realized it wasn't part of the article and decided to comment anyway.

 

And, yes supplements are a routine part of my diet as well.  But my point that what goes in my body is my responsibility still stands.  Ultimately, it is a combination of education and choice.  The better the education on the topic of food, the better the choice that can be made.  But, the government should not be making my choices for me even if it does intend to ensure my health, safety and well being.  This is especially true when the government is inconsistent about what it regulates.

 

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.

Absolutely on every count.  like I said if I eat 3 big macs and day, someone else shouldn't have to pay for my stupidity.  That's why you have eyes on the front of your face, so you can see whats going into your mouth.
Good post. We grow most of our own food. Meat, veggies, apples. There is definitely some concern about the government regulating what we grow on our own farm. Agenda 21 will see to that if we don't stop it.

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