OMG! I’M…MENTALLY ILL…..

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by Ravi

Do you think, even for a nanosecond, about what food you shove in your piehole? I mean, for more time than it takes to take the paper off the double-cheese whopper? Do you actually read the ingredients on the label as you shop in the grocery store? Do you ever NOT eat from the brand-name food-like substances lining virtually every grocery store isle in Amerika?

Then you too, my dear reader, have orthorexia nervosa!

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Re-thinking the Appropriate Cost of Food

Percent of Average Family Budget for food

1901 – 42.5%   1956 – 33%   2009 – 12.4%

What’s wrong with these numbers?

Nothing! declares many newspaper articles “We’re sooo much better off than we were 100 years ago!” they exclaim with elation – “why the cost of food is only 25% of what it used to be!”   When one examines the reasons for these figures, the real implications of this truth are not ecstasy, but out-and-out horror.  I’m not going to discuss all the other aspects of “our better life”- they are sometimes positive and sometimes argumentative (having ipods enriches our life?… I mean, I have one, but does an ipod really make me happier?)

But in the arena of food – these trends are frightening. Why? Well, as witnessed by a recent and ridiculous article titled “In Praise of Fast Food” the author argued that industrialized food has actually improved our lot in life.  Oh really? Her reasons ranged from the idea that the foods produced were not all that bad relative to the freedom their ease of producing and acquiring has provide us. Such gems as this statement abound: “If we assume that good food maps neatly onto old or slow or homemade food, we miss the fact that lots of industrial foods are better.”

What? Excuse me? – Does this author live on THIS planet?

This sentence strikes home my very point. The author is bemoaning the poorly paid labor of the local food grower or “artisan” (a word she feels is elitist) and the essential slavery of the traditional mothers of families sweating in the kitchen all day to produce the family’s fare. Then she goes on to praise easily obtainable (and of course cheap) industrial food as a boon to mankind – helping relieve cultural sufferings of the people who toil at labors like squeezing gorgeous pressed olive oil or making  handmade tortillas.  Sounds more like she had a bone to pick with a traditional upbringing. It also sounds like the 1950’s ads for all the “work saving appliances” that have led us into our consumerist spiral downward.

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Re-thinking the Appropriate Cost of Food

Percent of Average Family Budget for food

1901 – 42.5%  

1956 – 33%  

2009 – 12.4%

What’s wrong with these numbers?

Nothing! declares many newspaper articles “We’re sooo much better off than we were 100 years ago!” they exclaim with elation – “why the cost of food is only 25% of what it used to be!”   When one examines the reasons for these figures, the real implications of this truth are not ecstasy, but out-and-out horror.  I’m not going to discuss all the other aspects of “our better life”- that these articles espouse, they are sometimes positive and sometimes argumentative (having ipods enriches our life?… I mean, I have one, but does an ipod really make me happier?)

Lots of Industrial Foods are Better…. (wtf?)

more about the declining cost and quality of food here

Cooking Tonite with Paint Thinner? The Oily Residue of Greed

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MMMMM, a greasy coating of former paint thinner/industrial lubricant on your chicken and ‘tatoes – what could be finer? This is a Ravi Rant about a corporate-profit-incited food blasphemy that has gone on for decades and continues almost unabated. Fortunately there are slippery signs that the outrageous oily oligarchy and its offensive odium will eventually be ostracized! ( … alliteration by an illiterate 🙂 ).

So much debate, research and arguing has gone on and continues to go on about this “food” (a non-food in our eyes). Rather than for me to rant on (well, I will rant a bit), I am offering this as a resource w/comment blog where I will say what I have to say and provide you a few links for more on this long sad story of corporate greed and total disregard for the health of the general population.

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