I don’t creep around forums or chat rooms, trying to connect the dots as to whether Obama was born in Kenya.
I don’t subscribe to 9/11 being an inside job, or that Kennedy was killed by the CIA, or that the moon landing took place in a studio. Not than any of those things would super-surprise me, but I’m not inclined to scream “conspiracy!” because a few people find some of the facts hard to believe.
I’m the kind of logical, facts-and-figures typa guy that needs obvious, blatant evidence laid out right in front of me. Give me some hard evidence, and I might believe you.
But there is one thing I do get all conspiracy theory about.
Here’s the scoop:
Your revenue adds up to more than ⅓ of a billion dollars per year (Shedd’s Country Crock product alone did $315 million in 2012, not including other types of margarine they sold).
People in the United States are fatter than ever, and dying from heart disease more than ever.
And people start to lay the blame on margarine.
“Apparently” all that hydrogenated oil junk that makes your margarine so cheap is actually one of the top causes of heart attacks. Turns out your fortune is based on killing people.
Now what do you do?
Maybe you kick a few million bucks to the FDA to bury a particularly incriminating report.
Maybe you donate a million smackeroos to a senator’s campaign fund because he’s over a committee considering banning hydrogenated oils.
Wouldn’t you do something drastic to protect your oily yellow cash cow?
Wouldn’t it be worth it to you to pull some strings, lend support, or drop a few dollar bills to stay insanely wealthy? Well, it’s easy for you and I to say that you wouldn’t want to hurt people to make money, but never underestimate what people are willing to do to protect their money.
Now imagine you’re a milk company making a fortune from pasteurized skim milk that has little nutritional value and actually causes heart attacks. They stuff all their cows in miniscule pens, altering them to produce way more milk than is healthy, and then pasteurize it to kill off the pus and disease that seeps into the milk. It’s way cheaper than giving them wide open spaces, actually taking care of them, and letting them produce the normal, healthy amount of milk they’re supposed to.
Or what about Kellogg’s, selling enormous amounts of processed and extruded cereals that are just as bad as eating bleached flour and white sugar.
Or a meat company that sells steak and ground beef from terrifyingly unhealthy cows?
The food and beverage industry rakes in over $400 billion dollars and has the resources or motivation to protect that income.
Or what about a pharmaceutical company that makes billions of dollars per year selling cholesterol lowering pills (statins) that most likely cause more harm than good? Wouldn’t they raise a ruckus if someone tried to blow the whistle ontheir extremely profitable scheme?
Now consider the other side of the argument. Who’s trying to fight for eating healthy? The FDA? Not Likely. A group of farmers? With what money or influence?
An army of bloggers? Well, we’re trying 🙂
Maybe some high-level scientist will do an utterly mind-shredding study that completely proves without a doubt that most of the food we eat is actually destroying our bodies.
But I don’t see that happening. I don’t see the half-a-trillion dollar pharmaceutical, food, and beverage industries letting that happen.
I know, I told you I wasn’t a conspiracy theorist and then I went full-blown paranoid wacko on you.
It’s ‘cause I’m passionate about this, and I truly believe that this happens regularly. Why else are companies allowed to add known carcinogens to everyday foods when they’re banned in most civilized countries?
I don’t even look at it as a conspiracy theory because that implies you have to dig deep. It’s not even smoke and mirrors, or hidden back alley deals and bargains. The smoking gun is that enough info has trickled out by enterprising filmmakers, upstart researchers, and smart organizations that we know this stuff isn’t good for us. It’s there if you look for it.
Yet it’s still being fought on every level, at every available opportunity by powerhouse companies.
I’ll end with my favorite statistic, and the most condemning evidence I can scrounge up:
Causes of Death in 1900 (Per 100,000)
Heart Disease: 137.4
Causes of Death in 2010 (Per 100,000)
Heart Disease: 192.9 (up 40%)
Cancer: 185.5 (up almost 300%)
Seriously, cancer has increased by 3 times?? Let’s think about this… alcohol already was around, so that wouldn’t account for the change. Drugs might account for some of it, but cancer rates are still about 50% higher than they were in the chain smoking hey days of the 1950’s. If smokes were the primary cause, cancer would have gone down with the demise of smoking. Same deal with pollution.
The real, main reason for increases in cancer? The fact that 90% of the American diet consists of processed foods, much of which contains (keep this quiet!!) known carcinogens. As in they are selling us foods they know cause cancer, and often labeling it healthy.
Whew! Sometimes you gotta rant a little, ya know? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this stuff – agree or disagree, let me know below! Thanks!