Healthy is the new wealthy.
Neolithic people invented lame farming ideas, men shrank in height to 5'4", everyone got cavities, disease, lifespans decreased.
There were smart people back then too, pointing out hunting was better than corn. But once humans turn something on they can't agree to turn it off. Industry!
Meh, also the US is obsessed with maximizing GPD and doesn't consider externalities like human health.
I know, it's lame.
It is supply and demand. If people didn't buy their crappy food, there would not be a market for the processed stuff. If people didn't bow down at the alter of Big Medical and Big Pharma every time they had the sniffles, there would not be as big a market for drugs as there is.
I think the overall problem is too big to be a conspiracy, there may be elements of a conspiracy in there somewhere but overall, it is idiots buying into the hype of modern CW.
AKA: Texas Grok
It is a monster created by our rampant consumerism. People spend all of their money on "stuff" and only have a little left for food. They seek out cheap sources of calories.
The market demanded cheap calories, the producers, well, produced.
Since eating all of this garbage made us feel like shit, we turned to the medical community to fix us.
So now we spend most of our money on stuff, the majority of the remainder on medical bills/prescription drugs and now we have even LESS to spend on food.
So we demand a cheaper source of calories and the cycle continues.
The above should be viewed as complete and utter nonsense.
Life is death. We all take turns. It's sacred to eat during our turn and be eaten when our turn is over. RichMahogany.
greed + consumerism + corrupted goverment.
It's not a conspiracy, it's capitalism, and everyone is watching his own interest: the vendor, the buyer and the ruler.
There's a lot of sense being spoken here. Its so true that the 'economy' is primarily built around the consumption of goods that are unnecessary, usually to the detriment of our dietary needs. We consume burgers and fries, whilst trawling the shopping centres worrying about which shoes go with which shirt, agonizing over whether we have the latest mod cons.
When the 'economy' is reported in the media, its a black and white story - is it doing well? Is it doing badly? As though that is a measure of a life well lived! The economic downturn was actually the beginning my waking up to health issues and looking for answers. There is some evidence that junk food is just as popular in lean times, where people are looking for a cheap mood-boost, but in my case, it was the opposite. I had less money but started buying only the best quality foods.
During the recession UK insect and bird populations began to recover.
Last edited by Owen; 06-21-2013 at 03:56 PM.
Healthy is the new wealthy.