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“Mommy, I’m glad we’re rich” said my 5 year old son


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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Really Bobby? How do you know we’re rich?
“Because we have everything we need and don’t need”

Obviously we weren’t really rich, but in my son’s world with limited perspective, everything was going really well.

Rich means more than money. Our family was fortunate to have above average intelligence, education, employment, health and resources. Still, in the hectic days of raising a family, I wasn’t always able to put in the time and effort to read labels carefully and decipher the ingredients appropriately when grocery shopping. I tried, but as my son was also fond of saying “time always beats me.”

I was thinking about this after a few blog comments raised the question of individual responsibility.

Specifically, if corporations use their money, resources and power to obfuscate what exactly is in our food, and target their advertising accordingly, how much responsibility does an individual have to do their own research. What are their chances of success?

Not everyone has the time, energy, education, intelligence, to make sense of it all.
I think of the people with fewer resources than I have and hesitate to stigmatize them for not doing the proper research.

Now I’m retired and have more time. Yet, upon looking for a protein powder for a recent SP recipe, reading labels and cross referencing on the Internet, I still had to turn to the SP message boards for assistance when I wanted to avoid “sugar alcohols.” There’s a lot of ways to disguise this stuff.

At one time I believed that American capitalism, profit based though it was, had the essential welfare of the people at heart. Perhaps I was naïve.

I want to hold the corporations to a higher standard than they currently have.
I want them to stop misleading advertising, prominently displayed, (all natural, contains real fruit, source of whole grains) while the truth is in the fine print. I want them to stop renaming ingredients. I want them to stop adding new ingredients which have not been proved safe and/or side effects identified. I don’t want to hope that some outside organization or agency will discover it before damage is done. I want the entity making the profit to do the legwork honestly beforehand simply because it’s the right thing to do.

I’ve quoted TravelGrrl before. She said:
“Yes, I know that what goes in my mouth is my own decision. All I want is a level playing field. I want the food industry to stop the marketing that preys on ignorant, poor people AND on children. I want SOMEBODY to step up to the plate and take some responsibility for what passes for food in this country.”
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CATNCAG 10/22/2013 9:54AM

    I concur! Great blog! Smart kiddo! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WHITEANGEL4 5/20/2013 8:24PM

    True the food industry puts profit over health. Greed is the stepping stone to much of the nations problems. Read and understand those labels.....Eat natural and it will help with weight and health

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MANILUS 4/12/2013 6:46PM

    Excellent points!

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MARYHENNIG 4/11/2013 8:52PM

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ALASKABRED 4/9/2013 12:51AM

    Reading a label is like reading a foreign language.

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RENATA144 4/7/2013 6:40PM

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FIRECOM 4/7/2013 12:22PM

    There are no magic diet pills out there. Do your own research and make up your own mind. Everyday something was good for you suddenly is bad for you and than good for you again. Like coffee.

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LIFETIMER54 4/7/2013 6:35AM

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SHOAPIE 2/27/2013 11:46PM

    Thanks

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 2/27/2013 8:37PM

    Very true! This is one reason I'm tempted to get into the health field in some form or another.

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GRAMPIAN 2/26/2013 6:00AM

  W emoticon ise thoughts.

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TAWANDA_IS_BACK 2/26/2013 2:41AM

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PCASEY7 2/25/2013 11:50PM

    I fully agree with you!

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JAMER123 2/25/2013 11:31PM

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This world is all about money and how you make more but don't worry about others that you may be hurting. Food is a great example.

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CLAYARTIST 2/25/2013 10:51PM

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ROCKYCPA 2/25/2013 9:45PM

    interesting

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ONLYTEMPORARY 2/25/2013 9:05PM

    Not in this system of things. Only when Jehovah steps in and puts a stop to everything bad and evil.

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KIPPER15 2/25/2013 9:04PM

    great blog.

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SANDYLH1 2/25/2013 6:35PM

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SPEEDY143 2/25/2013 3:36PM

    $$$$ is the root of all evil... the longer I live the truer that statement becomes. It's all about the money and corps will say anything to get ours. WE must be vigilant about what goes into our bodies. Once you call for a mandate someone's going to complain about legislation... we are damned if we do and well you know that saying as well. I hear you and couldn't agree more... whole foods is my answer. Grow as much of your own as possible and stay educated... Google on emoticon

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NEWTINK 2/25/2013 2:41PM

    So true thank you emoticon

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WINDSWEPTACRES 2/25/2013 1:49PM

    I have to disagree with Boilham: Most of us are not biochemists or nutritionists, and while we may have more access to information than we had forty or fifty years ago, simply having information without the ability to interpret it leaves us in no better position.

Take, for instance, the HFCS mess. Corn syrup as I remember it fondly from my childhood was Karo syrup which we put on pancakes occasionally. Then they started tinkering with it, to make it sweeter and sweeter; then they started adding it to anything and everything. And not just Hungry Man dinners and ketchup. Check your stewed tomatoes, jam, peanut butter. Agave syrup was also pushed as healthier and more natural. Guess what? Not! Meanwhile, experts on both sides push their agendas.

Teflon-coated pans and microwave ovens made cooking a breeze, but nobody told us there were dangers to the new technology; it was touted as tested and safe. Even if you doubted the wisdom of using teflon-coated pans, for awhile at least that was the only thing that was both available and affordable.

Cooking from scratch at home may mean baking your own bread, making your own whole-wheat pasta (commercially produced flour), buying blocks of Parmesan cheese from a local source or making your own cheese from your own dairy goats or cows. While we're now retired and keeping chickens for fresh eggs, we're still depending on commercial chicken feed because we don't have enough land or enough water to grow our own grains. Sooner or later, it all comes back to buying from some producer of food or feed. I have heard often, "When you know better, you do better." But the truth is, knowing better requires trusting one group of experts as opposed to another. And doing better means doing what you can, which varies from person to person.



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NEWCHINELO 2/25/2013 1:43PM

    One has to be careful!

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IAMAGEMLOVER 2/25/2013 1:43PM

    I really hear what you are saying. But unfortunately it is not going to happen. Not in this world. It is called corporate greed. It is all about the God Almighty Dollar. It is no difference than the insurance companies. Executives who have no medical knowledge are saying that you don't need a certain treatment or a certain medication. It has frustrated Dr. for years and is getting worse not better. Welcome to America.

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LIVELYGIRL2 2/25/2013 1:16PM

  it is rather tricky, one has to stay on top of it. Now we find how they are changing our foods and the seeds. Of course the stuff that is actually pure cost so much more.

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PATRICIAANN46 2/25/2013 12:48PM

  Unfortunately, the bottom line with the majority of corporations is how much money they can make. Because of this, I don't see anything changing, which is sad, but is also reality.
I guess the best thing we can do food-wise, is to try to make as much as possible from scratch. Before I retired from teaching, I used to make meals on the weekend and freeze them for the rest of the week. Naturally, this wasn't always possible due to plans, but I did it as often as I could.
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SJKENT1 2/25/2013 12:48PM

    great thoughts

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ALIDOSHA 2/25/2013 12:46PM

    emoticon Unfortunately unachievable at present at least...

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JIBBIE49 2/25/2013 12:46PM

    The food industry only makes what will continue to SELL. If no one buys it, they stop making it. Trust me, I've seen it since I'm 63. Most people are to lazy to cook and they want fast and easy, like cold breakfast cereal that the kid will eat in a hurry, rather than fixing oatmeal.
There is GOOD food in the grocery store if you make the right selection, and when you keep buying those items the store will keep selling them. Our commissary now carries a section of organic food, which they never did before, as I had to shop at the "Health food store" to get those items.

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GRATTECIELLA 2/25/2013 12:18PM

    Interesting perspective!

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FAVORITEAUNT84 2/25/2013 11:59AM

    Love it! Kids are so insightful! emoticon

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SUSIEMT 2/25/2013 11:45AM

    HEAR HEAR!! or is that HERE HERE? Anyway I agree!

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YULLABELLE 2/25/2013 11:36AM

    The only way to truly be sure what's in the food in this day and age is to eat home grown whole foods. Who knew there were so many names sugar and artificial sweeteners.

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JOANNHUNT 2/25/2013 10:55AM

    PLEASE DON'T HOLD YOUR BREATH WAITING FOR ACCOUNTABILITY FROM CORPORATION TO CHANGE OR START. KEEP BREATHING. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUZYMOBILE 2/25/2013 9:33AM

    Congrats on having this be a featured member blog post in Best of SparkPeople! High time, too.

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WALLINMW 2/25/2013 8:24AM

  Great blog!

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JANEMARIE77 2/25/2013 8:03AM

    amen

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OFGREENGABLES 2/25/2013 8:01AM

    yes. Stand up to them!

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MIMIDOT 2/25/2013 7:55AM

    I agree with you and travelgrrl. Great blog! It's time someone in charge starts caring for the people of this country. We worry about other countries, but not our own.

We need help!!!!

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MOMMY445 2/25/2013 7:43AM

    such a great blog! thanks for sharing and have a wonderful blog!

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DAYHIKER 2/25/2013 7:40AM

    Great blog post and what a smart little boy! I agree about the food companies. It's depressing. I read awhile back that all the seed stock in the world was at that time currently owned by 6 corporations. Scary.

Heinz Simply Ketchup is without HFCS and I am finding more products sweetened with sugar instead of HFCS than previously.

Cindy

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CHERYLHURT 2/25/2013 7:11AM

  Well said!

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