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How the Food Industry is Deceiving You

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This terrific five-part video series by Peter Jennings explores how the food industry spends billions of dollars to sabotage your health. 

Jennings also takes a critical look at our government’s agricultural subsidy programs, and their unintended consequences on your nutritional choices and health. For example, sugar and fat receive 20 times more government farming subsidies than fruits and vegetables. Does this oversupply of fats and sugars, compared to fruits and vegetables, affect your food choices? 

Some statistics, implicating both the food industry and the government as co-creating factors in the obesity epidemic, include:  

  • In 2002, consumers spent $174 billion on processed foods.
  • 90 percent of foods marketed each year are processed foods.
  • Last year, 2,800 new candies, desserts, ice-cream, and snacks were introduced to the marketplace, compared to 230 new fruits or vegetable products.
  • The food industry spends $34 billion per year marketing their products.
  • $12 billion is spent marketing to children. 

The food industry is quick to point out that the choice is always yours -- they’re not making you buy something you don’t want. They also want to blame the obesity problem on people’s unwillingness to exercise.

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What Are GMOs?

From April 19th through April 25th we launch GMO Awareness Week. We set aside an entire week dedicated to providing you with information on GMOs and labeling initiatives.

GMOs are a product of genetic engineering, meaning their genetic makeup has been altered to induce a variety of “unique” traits to crops, such as making them drought-resistant or giving them “more nutrients.” GMO proponents claim that genetic engineering is “safe and beneficial,” and that it advances the agricultural industry. They also say that GMOs help ensure the global food supply and sustainability. But is there any truth to these claims? I believe not. For years, I've stated the belief that GMOs pose one of the greatest threats to life on the planet. Genetic engineering is NOT the safe and beneficial technology that it is touted to be.

Help Support GMO Labeling

The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA)—Monsanto’s Evil Twin—is pulling out all the stops to keep you in the dark about what’s in your food. For nearly two decades, Monsanto and corporate agribusiness have exercised near-dictatorial control over American agriculture. For example, Monsanto has made many claims that glyphosate in Roundup is harmless to animals and humans. However, recently the World Health Organization (WHO) had their research team test glyphosate and have labeled it a probable carcinogen.

Public opinion around the biotech industry's contamination of our food supply and destruction of our environment has reached the tipping point. We're fighting back. That's why I was the first to push for GMO labeling. I donated a significant sum to the first ballot initiative in California in 2012, which inspired others to donate to the campaign as well. We technically "lost the vote, but we are winning the war, as these labeling initiatives have raised a considerable amount of public awareness.

The insanity has gone far enough, which is why I encourage you to boycott every single product owned by members of the GMA, including natural and organic brands. More than 80 percent of our support comes from individual consumers like you, who understand that real change comes from the grassroots.

Thankfully, we have organizations like the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) to fight back against these junk food manufacturers, pesticide producers, and corporate giants.

Internet Resources Where You Can Learn More

Together, Let's Help OCA Get The Funding They Deserve

Let’s Help OCA get the funding it deserves. I have found very few organizations who are as effective and efficient as OCA. It’s a public interest organization dedicated to promoting health justice and sustainability. A central focus of the OCA is building a healthy, equitable, and sustainable system of food production and consumption. That's why I'm proud to announce I will be matching donations up to $250,000 this week.

Please make a donation to help OCA fight for GMO labeling.


Donate Today!

What Are GMOs?

From April 19th through April 25th we launch GMO Awareness Week. We set aside an entire week dedicated to providing you with information on GMOs and labeling initiatives.

GMOs are a product of genetic engineering, meaning their genetic makeup has been altered to induce a variety of “unique” traits to crops, such as making them drought-resistant or giving them “more nutrients.” GMO proponents claim that genetic engineering is “safe and beneficial,” and that it advances the agricultural industry. They also say that GMOs help ensure the global food supply and sustainability. But is there any truth to these claims? I believe not. For years, I've stated the belief that GMOs pose one of the greatest threats to life on the planet. Genetic engineering is NOT the safe and beneficial technology that it is touted to be.

Help Support GMO Labeling

The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA)—Monsanto’s Evil Twin—is pulling out all the stops to keep you in the dark about what’s in your food. For nearly two decades, Monsanto and corporate agribusiness have exercised near-dictatorial control over American agriculture. For example, Monsanto has made many claims that glyphosate in Roundup is harmless to animals and humans. However, recently the World Health Organization (WHO) had their research team test glyphosate and have labeled it a probable carcinogen.

Public opinion around the biotech industry's contamination of our food supply and destruction of our environment has reached the tipping point. We're fighting back.  That's why I was the first to push for GMO labeling. I donated a significant sum to the first ballot initiative in California in 2012, which inspired others to donate to the campaign as well. We technically "lost the vote, but we are winning the war, as these labeling initiatives have raised a considerable amount of public awareness.

The insanity has gone far enough, which is why I encourage you to boycott every single product owned by members of the GMA, including natural and organic brands. More than 80 percent of our support comes from individual consumers like you, who understand that real change comes from the grassroots.

Thankfully, we have organizations like the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) to fight back against these junk food manufacturers, pesticide producers, and corporate giants.

Internet Resources Where You Can Learn More

Together, Let's Help OCA Get The Funding They Deserve

Let’s Help OCA get the funding it deserves. I have found very few organizations who are as effective and efficient as OCA. It’s a public interest organization dedicated to promoting health justice and sustainability. A central focus of the OCA is building a healthy, equitable, and sustainable system of food production and consumption. That's why I'm proud to announce I will be matching donations up to $250,000 this week.

Please make a donation to help OCA fight for GMO labeling.


Donate Today!

 

Dr. Mercola's Comments:

As little as 20 years ago the public was still being told smoking cigarettes was perfectly harmless, and many believed the propaganda.. Since then society has paid the price for that fraudulent piece of misinformation. What you’re seeing now is the next phase of this sad trend, where manufacturers, lobbyists, and government stay in cahoots to deceive you for profit, without regard for your health.

For the last ten years I have been ranting about how much the drug industry spends to manipulate and distort your perceptions on the proper solutions for your health challenges. Well they only spend $20 billion a year. The food industry is spending TWICE that much to brainwash you and your kids to chose convenience foods that are highly processed and will accelerate your path towards death and disease and the need to use drugs to control your symptoms.

Fast food and processed food usually tastes good and is typically relatively inexpensive, so for many it is an easy choice.  Pay less and get better tasting food, what could be simpler?. This is likely why 90 percent of the money Americans spend on food goes toward processed foods. What nearly all have not factored into the equation is that they will almost certainly pay a heavy price for it in the long run -- both literally and figuratively.

Subsisting on “junk” foods alone is a surefire way to accelerate your aging process and compromise your health. There is just no way around it -- if you want to reap a healthy life, you, a spouse, relative, or someone you pay needs to invest some time in the kitchen preparing your food.

Your goal should be to reverse this ratio and strive for 90 percent non-processed food and maybe 10 percent from other food sources. Not only will you enjoy the health benefits, but the satisfaction of preparing meals and being in control over what you put into yourself can be a great feeling.

Following my nutrition plan, according to your nutritional type, might require a little more time and energy than automatically reaching for a ready-made processed dish, but it could:

  • Add years to your lifespan
  • Give you more energy than you know what to do with
  • Help you avoid:
    • Cancer
    • Heart Disease
    • Diabetes
    • Arthritis

Taking control of your food is a commitment to your health, and to life itself.

Does Following the Food Pyramid Lead to Better Health?

Can you rely on the government to provide objective, health-promoting food and nutrition advice, via the Food Guide Pyramid? The short answer to that question is “No.” The reality of how government bows to food-industry interests is shocking, and most certainly plays a role in the obesity epidemic.

When you consider that fruits and vegetables receive less than 1 percent of the $20 billion agricultural subsidies, whereas corn and soybeans (two of the processed food industry’s most important commodities) get 20 times that, none of this should come as a surprise.

The truth is, everyone has a unique biochemistry and the only way to find out what you should be eating is by determining your nutritional type -- not by following meal recommendations influenced by an industry whose sole mission is to sell more of their products.

How to Avoid Junk Food Temptation

The first step to avoiding processed junk food is to change your mindset, which admittedly is not an easy task -- but it is one that can be done. Rather than looking at junk food as a reward that tastes good, try thinking of it as:

  • Extra calories that will harm your body.
  • A toxic concoction of foreign chemicals and artificial flavors that will lead to disease.
  • A waste of your money.
  • Likely to lead to increased health care bills for you and your family.
  • Not something to give to children, whose bodies are still developing and in great need of nutrients.

And instead of thinking of healthy food as not tasting good, think of it as food that will fortify your body with nutrients, boost your immune system, fight disease -- even slow down the aging process. I can’t think of a stronger advertisement than that!

If you are thinking, "Well I try to eat healthy, but I always feel hungry and crave other foods," then you're most likely not eating for your nutritional type. If you eat the right ratio of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates -- and the right types -- for your nutritional type, you will naturally feel satisfied and full of energy after you eat.


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