The Food Industry’s Solution to Obesity

You can buy food from farmers — directly, through markets, any way you can find — and I hope you do. But unless you’re radically different from most of us, much of what you eat comes from corporations that process, market, deliver and sell “food,” a majority of which is processed beyond recognition.

The problem is that real food isn’t real profitable. “It’s hard to market fruit and vegetables without adding value,” says Marion Nestle, a professor of nutrition, food studies and public health at New York University. “If you turn a potato into a potato chip you not only make more money — you create a product with a long shelf life.” Potatoes into chips and frozen fries; wheat into soft, “enriched” bread; soybeans into oil and meat; corn into meat and a staggering variety of junk.

How do we break this cycle? You can’t blame corporations for trying to profit by any means necessary, even immoral ones: It’s their nature.

Read the rest of this column here.

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2 Comments

  1. Great article!!! Your tips are so simple yet fundamental.

  2. Lee ying said...

    I agree, we are the ones to blame for the way the industry is. Mcdonalds wouldn’t sell their food if people didn’t buy it!

    All we can do is change our own buying habits.

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