There are so many things wrong with our commercial food system, and if we don't pay attention, there will be some bad ramifications coming about. In order to understand what I am explaining here, you have to understand the kind of culture we live in, and what has happened to make it the way it is today.
First, some terminology learning will be helpful. We need to learn what the word, 'pragmatic' means. The definition given by dictionary.cambridge.org explains pragmatic as being based on practical judgments rather than principles. Pragmatic people want a quick answer and tend to be short sighted. They do not have a long term vision for something. If it works today, that's what we want. We are not interested in finding out bad news that will happen in the future, if we do this very thing. We aren't going to take the time to study and research the long term effects on something. If we do find something wrong, or a bad result that will come because of the use of a particular thing, we don't want to know. If we find out, then we will be accountable and responsible for change. That would cost us way too much money.
That is the problem right now. Is is any wonder the Bible says that the love of money is the root of all evil? The FDA works hand in hand with Monsanto, and they work together with the American Medical Association and other groups supported by government funding. For instance, Michael Taylor was a lawyer for Monsanto, as well as the head of the FDA. If a person like Michael Taylor who has such authority in these groups, is a person who lacks judgment, then we all are going to suffer because of the decisions that he will make. So, the FDA not only approves adding fluoride to our drinking water, but has also made it mandatory. Most other countries forbid this practice, but no amount of reasoning with the FDA will change their minds. Fluoride may help protect our teeth from decay, but at the same time, it is very toxic and it is a carcinogen. Brushing our teeth will also protect decay from happening in our mouths. One teaspoon of fluoride is enough to kill 20 children. Another issue that is being approved and is gaining momentum in becoming mandatory is that of genetically modifying organisms. GMO as it is known by, is not a way to help feed people in Third World countries. Genetically modified food has little nutritional value and, in time, will end up preventing local farmers and gardeners from being able to produce their own food. The goal is to produce mass quantities of food, at the least expense possible. That it does, but, not without cost to us. We need food that has nutritional value to it, not tampered with seed production which produces tons of non-valuable food. Unfortunately, the government fully supports this activity, even with the knowledge of the harm it will bring.
O.K. I didn't forget the vet story. It is found in Mother Earth News, June/July 2014 issue. A veterinarian named Will Winter, who lives in Minnesota, got tired of taking care of sick cows. These cows were fed a diet of ground grain and protein meal, a perfect example of food that has been mass produced to feed many cows, but lacking nutritional value. All the cows have gotten sick from being on this diet. But Will Winter has taken these sick cows to an established pasture where they can roam and the cows can eat grass, brush, and woody stuff (not sure what that is, but whatever it is, it is natural). The cows always got better when they were brought to this type of pasture. Instinct tells the cows that they need minerals, and that these minerals are found in the roots of these plants that grow in this pastureland.
Stay tuned for the next part in this series. We will cover 'hidden hunger'; what it is, who has it and why, and some cures for it.