The Food Wars

Elements of agriculture and the food industry have been at war with healthy lifestyles for decades.

For example, on one side there is the fast-food, sugar, soda, meat and dairy industry motivated by profit. On the other side, we have the PCRM, who supports healthy lifestyle choices.

I recently read about one of the battles in this food-health war at Yahoo’s Shine Foods. I have no idea how long Yahoo will leave this link active, because Yahoo—curse their stingy RAM policies—usually deletes what they publish after a few days or weeks probably to save space so they don’t have to buy more RAM.

Here’s the headline and link for the Yahoo Shine Foods piece: McDonald’s McDouble: Cheapest, Most Nutritious Food in History? No Way

I think: some brain-dead idiot named Kyle Smith [inspired by another brain-dead idiot who has a podcast through Freakonomics] wrote a column for the New York Post and praised the McDouble’s $1 burger claiming it was a cheap way to eat healthy.

Everyone has a right to his or her opinion in the United States but in this case Kyle Smith is—dead—wrong. Literally!

The truth is that there are three kinds of people out there when it comes to food. There are those who live to eat; those who eat to live and then some who are confused and ignorant.

I belong to the minority who eat to live. The majority—the live to eat people—are usually fat or obese. In fact, more than two-thirds [68.8%] of U.S. adults are overweight or obese. In 2008, medical costs associated with obesity were estimated at $146 billion. Source: CDC

I’m almost sixty-eight and I take no meds; I’m not overweight, and my doctor at the VA says more than 80% of people my age take two or more meds daily because of health problems and those health issues mostly come from lifestyle choices.

What does PCRM stand for?

Answer: The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

Since 1985, the PCRM has been influencing advancements in medicine and science. They advocate for preventive medicine, especially good nutrition, conduct clinical research, and advocate for higher ethical standards in research. The membership includes 150,000 health care professionals and concerned citizens.

PCRM is a nonprofit 501c3 organization headquartered in Washington, D.C.

Imagine that—150,000 doctors, health care professionals and concerned citizens who care about your health even if you don’t care about it.

On the other hand, the meat industry employs 487,600 workers. Their combined salaries total more than $19 billion. In 2009, the meat and poultry industry sales totaled $154.8 billion for-profit industry. Source: meatami.com

America’s sugar industry generates more than 142,000 direct and indirect jobs and almost $20 billion in annual revenues. This is another for-profit industry. Source: Sugar Alliance.org

The revenue for the dairy industry—another for-profit industry—is $38 billion and this industry employs 180,000 people. Source: ibisworld.com

The tobacco industry is also a for-profit industry.

In America we live in a so-called free-choice country. The theory is that Americans may decide if we want an eat to live or live to eat lifestyle even if we don’t know the consequences of our choice.

Who are you going to listen to: Kyle Smith—a big mouth for the meat, sugar and dairy industry—or the PCRM?

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Lloyd Lofthouse is a former U.S. Marine, Vietnam Veteran and English-journalism teacher.

His latest novel is the award winning Running with the Enemy. Blamed for a crime he did not commit while serving in Vietnam, his country considers him a traitor. Ethan Card is a loyal U.S. Marine desperate to prove his innocence or he will never go home again.

And the woman he loves and wants to save was trained to hate and kill Americans.

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16 thoughts on “The Food Wars

  1. I am glad that you mentioned PCRM in your blog. Unfortunately, PCRM does not get its message out via the mainstream media. Hopefully, blogs like yours will draw more attention to PCRM so that more Americans will follow the dietary recommendations of PCRM. And like you, “I eat to live.”

    • Thank you. I also want more Americans to discover that there are about 150,000 doctors and health care professionals who are struggling against the fast-food and agriculture industry to help more Americans learn to live a more healthy lifestyle.

      I wonder if the reason PCRM doesn’t get its message out through the mainstream media is because the media relies on advertising from the fast-food industry to make a profit and the PCRM doesn’t have billions to spend on advertising because it is a nonprofit dedicated to the health of all Americans—not for making more money so the rich get richer.

      For example, I just checked and saw that the pay of the CEO of McDonald’s is tied to the performance of profits.

      http://www.dailyfinance.com/2010/04/10/mcdonalds-ceos-17-million-pay-tied-to-performance/

      The more Americans who eat this unhealthy food, the more the CEO of McDonald’s earns. In 2009, he earned $11.5 million in performance bonuses.

      I imagine that many people would be tempted to do or say anything to earn that kind of money. One year with pay like that and most of us would never have to work again. Who cares how many Americans get cancer, heart disease or diabetes when you are earning that kind of money over the dead bodies of others? After all, you are far removed from all the suffering living behind high walls in a big mansion and you can afford to pay for guards to protect you.

      Then there’s this:

  2. I see. I guess one can find almost any video on YouTube! 😀
    The guy on the last video. Is he serious? I mean, everybody knows that you should peel the banana from the dark tip, not from the stem, right? LOL

    • About peeling a banana. Not if you grew up watching your parents, every relative and friend peeling bananas from the stem. Everything is relative. :o) Then one day you watch that You Tube video peeling the banana from the other end and the world changes.

      • I never thought of it that way. I guess you are right. I used to eat spaghetti as if it is noodle. Then a friend told me that I was supposed to roll it with the fork and avoid the slurping sound. 😀

      • I was taught to eat spaghetti that way and still can’t do it. When I try to roll the long spaghetti strands with a fork, they just unravel and fall off. LOL

        I gave up a long time ago and just slurp them in.

  3. I am a member of PCRM, but I admit I too often live to eat. I wish I could be disciplined as you are, Lloyd. But I am working on it. Great post!

    • Thank you. It isn’t easy. I battle the urge for a slice of apple pie or chocolate cake daily. And Whole Foods has vegan chocolate cake by the slice. But that doesn’t make it a healthy choice. Darn. Then there is Herbivores, a vegan restaurant with three locations: two in San Francisco and one in Berkeley. Herbivores serves healthy vegan food but in huge servings and even too much healthy food isn’t good for you when you eat it all because it tastes so good.

      So, once a year around the Thanksgiving holiday, I eat apple pie and have that slice of vegan chocolate cake along with my vegan Thanksgiving dinner—Tofu Turkey.

      http://www.herbivorerestaurant.com/


      And here’s a vegan tour of San Francisco. This vegan site has 503 videos on YouTube. Just found it.

      Then there is the world famous Greens with a great view of the Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge.

      http://www.greensrestaurant.com/

  4. Wasn’t there a TV show in which a man dined in McD everyday? He let the viewers see how he kept gaining weight, unhealthily. I don’t think that anyone who had seen the show will believe what Kyle Smith wrote.

    • Yes, there was a film. It was a documentary that got a lot of attention in the media. I saw it. I may even have the DVD. It was called “Super Size Me”.

      The full length film is on You-Tube but to see the entire film it costs $2.99. For free, you may watch a few trailers.

      The next trailer is 1:05 minutes.

      The next one is 7:22 minutes—more of a summary of the film.

      Then there’s this about how much sugar is in a can of Coca Cola and what that does to the human body.

      Or what happens to a raw, unpeeled egg or our teeth from Coke.

      And then for a bit of healthy fun, learn how to peal a banana the right way. Believe me, I didn’t know this until I saw this video. All my life everyone around me pealed bananas starting from the stem. Now that I’ve seen this short film, it is so easy. :o)

      • Woah! How did you find all these videos? Thank you so much. I’m going to watch them! 😀

      • I went to You-Tube and used the right search words. It’s amazing what one can find on You-Tube. There are more than a billion videos on that site. Of course, that means we have to be careful what we believe because anyone can produce a video and post it there and say or claim anything.

        But I’ve read many well-written books by reputable doctors and scientists on the subject of health and diet. That’s helps.

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