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The (Broken) American Food System - =42 - 01-17-2019

There was some discussion in the Q Thread yesterday on American food products and how the Europeans would not be accepting of them as a trade import due to lack of quality. I can't blame them!

I created this thread to continue the discussion of our (American) food system.

Whats wrong with it?

Is there anything good about it?

How do we fix it?

Where do you get the food to feed yourselves?


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RE: The (Broken) American Food System - Treebeard - 01-17-2019

"brands" - lol.


RE: The (Broken) American Food System - =42 - 01-17-2019

This of course goes beyond the "Brands" of the processed food from the mega corps!

Most of our grains and (mono) crops are GMO and soaked in chemical fertilizers, Herbicides, Pesticides, etc...

Most of our meat production occurs in high density confinement systems that promote disease, so antibiotics, etc... are necessary. And of course they are fed GMO corn and grains.

Most of our food is tainted in one way or another before it ends up as processed food on the shelves!


RE: The (Broken) American Food System - =42 - 01-17-2019

If this thread gains traction, I hope it does not just focus on the negatives.

As awareness increases, we are already seeing some relaxing of regulations, in some areas, that allow small farmers and producers to operate and sell directly to the public (some products).

The number of Farmers Markets are on the rise and patronage is increasing.

Food Movements like "Farm to Fork"and "Localvore" are gaining traction.


RE: The (Broken) American Food System - SoldiersAngel - 01-17-2019

(01-17-2019, 03:38 PM)=42 Wrote: This of course goes beyond the "Brands" of the processed food from the mega corps!

Most of our grains and (mono) crops are GMO and soaked in chemical fertilizers, Herbicides, Pesticides, etc...

Most of our meat production occurs in high density confinement systems that promote disease, so antibiotics, etc... are necessary. And of course they are fed GMO corn and grains.

Most of our food is tainted in one way or another before it ends up as processed food on the shelves!

It's not just food Europe doesn't want. About 10 years ago,a friend from Lisbon and I were chatting about drinking. Bourbon came up and he said the only Kentucky bourbon the EU allows is Wild Turkey because they don't use GMO corn. He had some in front of him as we were talking, in fact Chuckle


RE: The (Broken) American Food System - =42 - 01-17-2019

(01-17-2019, 04:40 PM)MysticPizza Wrote:
(01-17-2019, 03:38 PM)=42 Wrote: This of course goes beyond the "Brands" of the processed food from the mega corps!

Most of our grains and (mono) crops are GMO and soaked in chemical fertilizers, Herbicides, Pesticides, etc...

Most of our meat production occurs in high density confinement systems that promote disease, so antibiotics, etc... are necessary. And of course they are fed GMO corn and grains.

Most of our food is tainted in one way or another before it ends up as processed food on the shelves!

It's not just food Europe doesn't want. About 10 years ago,a friend from Lisbon and I were chatting about drinking. Bourbon came up and he said the only Kentucky bourbon the EU allows is Wild Turkey because they don't use GMO corn. He had some in front of him as we were talking, in fact Chuckle

Here is a video of a talk by Michael Pollan, author of "The Omnivore's Dilemma". (over an hour but informative and entertaining)

It is amazing and disturbing how much corn (GMO corn) has been forced into our food and beverages in ways we would never expect.






RE: The (Broken) American Food System - Hero Protagonist - 01-17-2019

(01-17-2019, 04:40 PM)MysticPizza Wrote:
(01-17-2019, 03:38 PM)=42 Wrote: This of course goes beyond the "Brands" of the processed food from the mega corps!

Most of our grains and (mono) crops are GMO and soaked in chemical fertilizers, Herbicides, Pesticides, etc...

Most of our meat production occurs in high density confinement systems that promote disease, so antibiotics, etc... are necessary. And of course they are fed GMO corn and grains.

Most of our food is tainted in one way or another before it ends up as processed food on the shelves!

It's not just food Europe doesn't want. About 10 years ago,a friend from Lisbon and I were chatting about drinking. Bourbon came up and he said the only Kentucky bourbon the EU allows is Wild Turkey because they don't use GMO corn. He had some in front of him as we were talking, in fact Chuckle

Wild Turkey is now owned by a group from Italy.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Campari_Group


RE: The (Broken) American Food System - twitchy - 01-17-2019

In the US we throw away 50% of the food we produce, literally half.


RE: The (Broken) American Food System - Frigg - 01-17-2019

(01-17-2019, 04:40 PM)MysticPizza Wrote:
(01-17-2019, 03:38 PM)=42 Wrote: This of course goes beyond the "Brands" of the processed food from the mega corps!

Most of our grains and (mono) crops are GMO and soaked in chemical fertilizers, Herbicides, Pesticides, etc...

Most of our meat production occurs in high density confinement systems that promote disease, so antibiotics, etc... are necessary. And of course they are fed GMO corn and grains.

Most of our food is tainted in one way or another before it ends up as processed food on the shelves!

It's not just food Europe doesn't want. About 10 years ago,a friend from Lisbon and I were chatting about drinking. Bourbon came up and he said the only Kentucky bourbon the EU allows is Wild Turkey because they don't use GMO corn. He had some in front of him as we were talking, in fact Chuckle

Turkey 101 The Kickin Chicken!!!! Rooster Crows!!!


RE: The (Broken) American Food System - =42 - 01-17-2019

(01-17-2019, 05:12 PM)twitchy Wrote: In the US we throw away 50% of the food we produce, literally half.

Thank you, your comment is the perfect lead in to introduce Joel Salatin to those who have not heard of him.

Not that it is the total solution to our general wastefulness, Joel would remind us that historically chickens were the garbage disposal system of our kitchens.
Food waste would go out to chickens, meat and eggs would come back in. Joel advocates for bringing that back.

Here is a video of Joel speaking. again it is long (a little over an hour) but entertaining. If you are interested but don't have the time, there are dozens of shorter vids on you tube, including tours of his farm.