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“Why our food is making us fat”

“We are, on average, 3st heavier than we were in the 60s. And not because we’re eating more or exercising less we just unwittingly became sugar addicts.”

“Why are we so fat? We have not become greedier as a race. We are not, contrary to popular wisdom, less active a 12-year study, which began in 2000 at Plymouth hospital, measured children’s physical activity and found it the same as 50 years ago. But something has changed: and that something is very simple. It’s the food we eat. More specifically, the sheer amount of sugar in that food, sugar we’re often unaware of.”

The story begins in 1971. Richard Nixon was facing re-election. The Vietnam war was threatening his popularity at home, but just as big an issue with voters was the soaring cost of food. If Nixon was to survive, he needed food prices to go down, and that required getting a very powerful lobby on board the farmers. Nixon appointed Earl Butz, an academic from the farming heartland of Indiana, to broker a compromise. Butz, an agriculture expert, had a radical plan that would transform the food we eat, and in doing so, the shape of the human race.

Butz pushed farmers into a new, industrial scale of production, and into farming one crop in particular: corn. quoting Jacques Peretti in UK’s The Guardian.
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Posted by Steve on February 19, 2013 at 5:55 am | Permalink

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