on twinkies and carrots

and the intricacies and failings of certain piece of legislation called the farm bill. Read it and you’ll know why high calorie, processed junk food (loaded with subsidized cheap corn products like high fructose corn syrup and other sugars) is cheaper than fresh carrots and other veggies, and why school lunch menus are so loaded with starches like tater tots and not fresh fruits. It’s an interesting read and explains a lot about the bill’s role in the obesity epidemic in America, particularly among the poor. It also affects a host of other issues like world economies and markets, immigration, and environmental issues like land preservation.


5 Responses to “on twinkies and carrots”

  1. 1 Puppycup April 27, 2007 at 6:47 pm

    How disturbing–the more I read about this type of thing–high fructose corn syrup in particular– the more nauseated I get walking the aisles at the supermarket. I think I’m going to have to hit the farmers market more often, and I’m inspired to clean my cupboards this weekend O_o

  2. 2 petitmuse April 27, 2007 at 7:25 pm

    Isn’t it? I’ll be hitting the farmer’s market too. I try to avoid the middle aisles and stick to the outside peripherary where the plain stuff is at the supermarket.

    What bugs me is all the wringing of hands at this obesity epidemic, when these ingredients are almost unescapable, especially at supported prices. Something needs to be changed.

  3. 3 Doktor Holocaust April 29, 2007 at 4:24 am

    What disappointed me was that the article never mentioned WHY the government is still trying to fatten the populace. Yes, the efficient system for pumping people full of cheap starches and fats did a great job at combatting undernourishment, but… that was fifty years ago, and they have had many opportunities to use that same system to pump the populace full of other, more interesting substances.

    I’m passing this on to my fellow Doktors of Forbidden Sciences. we will have a field day with this.

  4. 4 petitmuse May 1, 2007 at 4:50 am

    I’m not so sure that they WANT us fat, so much as they don’t care, since most of the affected are the poor (especially kids who rely on the free lunch program, which is a good thing in itself, though not as healthy as it could be).

  5. 5 Doktor Holocaust May 2, 2007 at 8:46 am

    well, I think it’s connected to cattle mutilations. Here’s my train of thought: in many cattle mutilations, chunks of the colon/cowbutt are surgically removed, indicating, among other things, what the cow eats. Cows are fed, for the most part, on soy and corn-type grainproducts. Now, decades after they started anally coring the cows to see what they eat, we are getting fed the same thing, so it is because the Greys (those little aliens with the big heads and no noses) are eating us, like cows.

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