Candy is Delicious Food

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The Politics of the Meat & Dairy Industry – This video is another from the Vegetarian Society of Hawaii. Again bear with opening remarks on this society and membership. Michele Simon J.D., a young lawyer, wrote a book on the abuses of the food industry. She speaks on public health crises. She graduated from Yale school of public health and says she learned nothing about the realities of good health. She read a book by Dean Ornish (subject of many of my BLOGs) to lose weight and was stunned at how well plant-based diets preformed. She states:

·        Food companies are claiming to be trying to solve obesity problem but at the same time they lobby against healthy drinks and food that eat into their profits

·        Center for Consumer Freedom – Front group to protect big food companies and meat & dairy industry

·        National Confectioners Association – protects sugar industry

·        Federal government is asleep at the wheel. Policy making has shifted completely to local & state levels

·        Food industry is under pressure from media, policy makers and scientists who are all asking very difficult questions about how their foods are adversely affecting all our health

·        Other pressures are shareholders & competition

·        They respond to these pressures by
i.     Denying the findings
ii.     Not their fault; it’s Americans fault
iii.     American’s need more exercise; divert the topic elsewhere
iv.     Promote exercise in our schools but they sell their products and hook another generation
v.     Promote their products as nutritious; when they have more calories & fat than older products
vi.     Bate & switch – say you are healthy e.g. whole grains but your product isn’t natural whole grains and is sugar-coated
vii.     Lobbying – Claim to change your ways but lobby to prevent any real change that will affect your products