Why Are We Accepting Less Healthy, Lower Quality Options From Food Companies?

Food companies have much fewer restrictions in America than even in China.

What do the European Union, Japan, Brazil, Australia, and China have in common? They all require GMO labeling. The United States, on the other hand, does not. In fact, there’s a strong lobbying effort in the United States to keep this information secret. This is only the beginning of the ways that America’s food laws grossly (pun intended) favor the interests of Big Food over those of consumers.

Kristina Martin, over at Organic Lifestyle Magazine, raises a good question: why are we accepting less healthy, lower quality options from good companies?

Living a healthy lifestyle is all about making the healthiest choices. But what if the best choice (or the information needed to make the best choice) wasn’t available to you because the people tasked with looking out for you and your interests don’t have the same high standards and the corporations don’t deliver the same high-quality products in the United States as they do in Europe?

Her article is a fascinating rundown of the different food laws throughout the world. You should check it out, if you’re interested in the intersection of business, government, and what we put into our bodies.

Source: Why Are We Accepting Less Healthy, Lower Quality Options From Food Companies?

2015-10-26T13:06:27+00:00

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    Hi! Thanks for the question.

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    I run a vegan health coaching program over Skype that you may be interested in. please check out the website at www.theveganeffect.com

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    Hope this helps,

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    I would suggest you perform the Full Body Detox and eat raw foods and drink vegetable juice. After the detox take Cardiovascular Formula, and Circul-aid Formula.

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    MA'AM, YOU HAVE TO DO WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO BUT I AGREE WITH YOUR DAUGHTER IN THAT YOU SHOULD ABSTAIN FROM THESE DINNERS DUE TO THE INGREDIENTS AND THE FACT THAT IT'S PROCESSED. SOMETIMES ARE OKAY, BUT NOT OFTEN. RAW FOODS ARE BETTER! MAKE SURE YOU KEEP EATING PLENTY OF FRUITS AND VEGETABLES.

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    Q: Nothing is stopping me except the lack of a workable plan of action, which I am in the process of putting on paper. There is a question that I've wanted to ask you for a while. Do you have or can you put together a sample daily menu of food choices based on what you eat, or what your research has shown to be good? I do have a couple of conditions I want to cure.... I have arthritis in my neck and upper back caused by a whip lash, and I have high blood pressure that I take medication to control. I read the article about controlling disease, and I am interested in curing these conditions. I have started an exercise regimen, and need a diet plan to go along with it. I want to lose weight as part of my healing.

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    You are a prime candidate for the Full Body Cleanse. The Full Body Cleanse can help treat your plethora of conditions and help restore your body back to optimal health.