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  •  For those that are interested the book (10+ / 0-)

    "Fat Chance" by Robert Lustig, M.D. goes into great detail about how the food industry is pulling the same scam with the food we eat that the tobacco industry ran on the dangers of consuming their products.  Sugar content of our food has tripled in the last 30 years mirroring the rise in obesity and diabetis in this country and the whole world.  Sanger and his ilk are only concerned with their bottom line, not public health.

    "A different world cannot be built by indifferent people." Anon from a fortune cookie I got.

    by coloradocomet on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 05:11:40 AM PST

    •  And we pay out $4.9 billion each year to (4+ / 0-)

      subsidize corn (the source of our explosion in sugar intake and in the diseases it causes), keeping the price down and production high and making the per calorie cost of potato chips far lower than the per calorie cost of carrots, for example.

      Between 1985 and 2010 the price of beverages sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup dropped 24 percent, and by 2006 American children consumed an extra 130 calories a day from these beverages. Over the same period the price of fresh fruits and vegetables rose 39 percent. For families on a budget, the price difference can be decisive in their food choices.

      The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain, is floating in mid-air, until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life. Jane Addams

      by Alice Olson on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 05:32:33 AM PST

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      •  Corn syrup (4+ / 0-)

        was used to replace cane sugar when price for cane sugar got out of hand a couple of decades ago.
        But sugar is sugar, there's just way too much of it in our foods.

        “We are not a nation that says ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says ‘out of many, we are one.’” -Barack Obama

        by skohayes on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 06:03:35 AM PST

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        •  Julianne Moore had a great line in The Forgotten: (3+ / 0-)
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          skohayes, coloradocomet, SoCalSal

          "I'm trying to decide if I want too much sugar or too much salt."

          The Class, Terror and Climate Wars are indivisible and the short-term outcome will affect the planet for centuries. -WiA "When you triangulate everything, you can't even roll downhill..." - PhilJD

          by Words In Action on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 06:27:27 AM PST

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