| ||Dr. Luise Light offers a fascinating under-the-covers look at what happens when government agencies climb in bed with big business. Did you ever wonder how our U.S. Department of Agriculture in 1980 came up with a food pyramid that encouraged people to pig out on 6-11 servings of bread, pasta, bagels, cereal, crackers and other cheap, starchy carbs every day? Did you know that this recommendation differs little from the USDA's advice to farmers on how to fatten pigs? No wonder the U.S. is in the midst of an obesity epidemic!
Dr Light once worked for the USDA. She and other experts had proposed a far healthier, science-based food pyramid that would have encouraged real, whole foods only to see it deconstructed by higher-ups kowtowing to the greedy grain cartel and processed food industry. The FDA, too, has forgotten its mission as America's "foremost consumer agency" as shown by its approval of lethal drugs like Vioxx, neuro-toxic ingredients like aspartame and a spurious health claim for soy protein. Unhappily, she has plenty more evidence of government corruption and industry arm twisting.
What to do? Dr. Light recommends grass-roots, local and personal solutions. We the people must not only speak out and join up but vote with our dollars in favor of real, live, whole, organic and slow foods. If her ten commandments for healthy eating seem obvious, the bottom line is that common sense is uncommon. How else can we explain the fact that 250 million Americans are sick, tired and malnourished yet continue to gorge daily on packaged, processed, damaged, dead and fast foods? Clearly, a whole lot of people need Dr. Light to hold their hands as they learn the ABCs of real food and take those difficult first ten steps.