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Stop Suing Food Companies

In # 8: Food safety: who is responsible? by LukeLeave a Comment

Most food that is sold to consumers is perfectly safe as long as it is stored properly but most meats are the exception to this. Chicken, pork, and even beef have been known to cause illness if not prepared or stored properly. This allows bacteria such as E. coli and salmonella to remain in the food and when these bacteria are consumed they cause diseases that are potentially deadly. Cooking the meat at high enough temperatures kills these harmful bacteria. The big problem is that it is up to the consumer to cook the meat and one of the universal truths is that people hate to be responsible for causing mistakes. So when they get sick from the food that they failed to cook properly they are upset and are looking for someone else to blame. They then try to sue the manufacturer for getting them sick even though it was their mistake and not the companies. While the company could possibly make sure there are not bacteria such as E. coli or salmonella in the food it would be …

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EFSA’s problem with Probitics

In # 7: Gut health by LukeLeave a Comment

Consumers can be very picky when it comes to picking food. Not only is the taste and quality of the food a big selling point to consumers but so is marketing. One of the most common tricks that marketers use is saying that products have a health benefit such as probiotics or prebiotics. This convinces consumers that one product is better even if there is actually only minimal benefit. Government around the world argue whether or not they should allow this type of marketing. Nowhere is this more prevalent than in Europe where the European Union has not approved any of the health claims that these companies market. They haven’t been convinced by the data and believe that it isn’t relevant to consumers. Their decision affects consumers in a negative way. While the data supporting probiotics and prebiotics isn’t completely supported there has been no data showing any negative effects of probiotics and prebiotics. There are only the possible benefits of the food. Consumers should be allowed to know what food may or may not be healthier for them. As …

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Coca-Cola’s sustainability program

In # 6: Sustainability by LukeLeave a Comment

Coca-Cola, like most food based companies, has a suitability program. These programs work partially as a PR program to help establish it as a company that cares about the earth but it also helps the company in the long run by protecting the lands that make them money. Being one of the largest companies in the world, Coca-Cola has multiple sustainability programs but their water sustainability program is their largest program that is solely about the environment. This also makes a lot of sense because since Coca-Cola’s biggest product is Coke and the main ingredient in Coke is water. Their main goal was to be able to replenish 100% of the water that it uses. What this means is that for every ounce of water that they use at one of their packaging plants they put back an ounce of water back into the environment. This may not seem like a big deal since all water eventually ends up being reused because of the water cycle but because the sheer amount of Coke produced would use all the water in an …

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No more pointless labels

In # 5: Labeling GMOs by LukeLeave a Comment

In the food industry, there is already plenty of regulations that all companies must follow. However, until recently labeling GM, genetically modified, food was not mandatory but a recently passed law makes it that food that contains GM ingredients must be labeled as so. This is something that the government should not have needed to do but outside demand forced it to. Technically, GM’s have been around for thousands of years. By this, I mean the difference between GM foods such as corn that has its genome changed artificially to have natural pesticides versus a type of corn that grew quickly that was crossed with a different strand of corn that was naturally more resistant to pests. Selectively breeding has been around since before humans could write but it is still changing the genetic makeup of the corn. Taking DNA from a completely different type of organism is not even remotely similar to selectively breeding similar strands of corn together but is essentially the same process. Just because the food is changed doesn’t mean it is more dangerous to consume …

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Food Allergies in the news

In # 4: Food allergens in the news by Luke2 Comments

The Fragile Generation: Food Allergies on the Rise is an article from the New Jersey monthly. In the article, it states that this current generation of kids is experiencing allergies at a much higher frequency than previous generations. According to the 2013 study stated in the article, 1 in every 13 children is allergic to at least one type of food, which is a substantial increase from earlier decades. It also suggests a few possibilities for the sudden increase. This article makes a good point in that the ways we go about everyday life have greatly changed in the last few decades. It also points out the limitations inside of schools that results from so many kids having food allergies.  It points out that parents are responsible for making sure that their children’s lunches comply with school policy but most parents also don’t want to take away some foods, such as pizza, from the other kids just because their kid is allergic to milk and eggs. The point that the article makes about how it is treated in schools shows …

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Make America Healthy Again

In # 2: Junk Food Dissuasion by Luke1 Comment

Donald Trump is one of the two less than ideal candidates in the running to be the next president of the United States. His campaign slogan is “Make America Great Again” and yet he has barely touched on one of the largest problems that America is facing. Obesity has become a problem for over a third of the population and being overweight is also a problem for many people. Now, this number is not entirely accurate because the BMI scale is not perfect. Clay Matthews, a professional football player, has a BMI of 31 which is technically obese, yet he is considered to be an amazing athlete. Yes, he is an exception but it shows that the scale is not perfect. For most people, though, there has been an increasing trend in their waistline. There are many reasons that the waistlines of Americans have been increasing over the last couple of decades but the most influential reason is the change in the diet of the average American. Back in the early 1900’s the average American diet consisted of meat, homegrown …

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You are what you eat

In # 1: You are what you eat by LukeLeave a Comment

What we eat can say a lot about us. It is usually easy to tell if someone is vegan or if they are true to nature and love the taste of meat. It is also easy to tell if someone eats healthy or if they choose to eat for pleasure. I am from a bit of a unique situation in that I grew up in a small farming town in Ohio and then moved to the suburbs of Chicago. I got to see some of the differences in how what people eat can relate to what kind of person they are. Back in Ohio, people ate a lot more corn and beef than people do in the suburbs where everyone’s diet is much more diverse. One of the problems with having a more diverse diet is that people in the suburbs tended to be a worse shape than people on the farms. I am sure that can be explained by the differences in lifestyle but it changed how I eat nonetheless. I stilled wanted to eat healthily but I also …

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