"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Saturday, 13 March 2010

We Are What We Eat

And it's not looking good.  Getting food and drink on to our tables is now known as the agro-alimentary industry. Big, big, big, big business.

America and Canada could be facing the biggest food recall in history thanks to salmonella-contaminated hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP) usually found in cans and packet mixes. A large batch of the flavour enhancer supplied by Basic Food Flavors, a North Las Vegas food ingredient company, was found to be laced with salmonella. The company produces about 20 million pounds of the food additive annually.

HVP is an MSG-like flavour enhancer that is mixed in with other spices and added to thousands of processed foods including crisps, dips, salad dressings, sauces, hotdogs, soups, frozen meals, bouillons, gravy mixes, snacks and ready-to-eat foods. If HVP is part of a flavour mix it may not be listed as an ingredient on packaging. So much for stock-piling in case of 'emergencies'.
2007: a suppressed report shows a cancer link to GM potatoes.
2010: EU gives go-ahead to GM potatoes created in a lab by chemical corporation BASF.

NY Restaurants face salt ban.
"No owner or operator of a restaurant in this state shall use salt in any form in the preparation of any food for consumption by customers of such restaurant, including food prepared to be consumed on the premises of such restaurant or off of such premises."
We all know about the dangers of Aspartame don't we? In response to that growing awareness what does the enterprising manufacturer do but rename it and market it as natural. The re-branded version of aspartame is now called AminoSweet.
Finally, two from France:
CIA spiked French bread with LSD in 1951
Restaurateurs bemoan spray on flavours and vacuum-packed sauces
Mind how you go!

UPDATE: How dumb am I?  (Don't answer!) I forgot to include the link to the article in the Guardian which started me thinking about the 'agro-alimentary industry' in the first place: Changing minds as well as bodies


  1. GV, HPV was actually designed to be addictive.

    Bit by bit, I'm opting out of buying food from supermarkets - and growing my own. I don't trust these corporations at all - they frequently write legislation they want the government to pass, grease a few palms and these sheisters get their way.

    Many vegetables can be successfully grown indoors, on windowsills and some of them are mighty attractive as large house plants!

    Funny how the EU was dead against GM crops before the Lisbon Treaty was signed!

    In any case, the frankenfood purveyors know that their seeds crowd out local crops and infect neighbouring farms - such that, it won't be long before we only have frankenfood. Once that happens, of course, the price of food will go up because they'll have sown up the market.

  2. I always used to grow my own food too Fausty - can't beat it! There was an interesting article in the Guardian this morning which sparked me thinking and I forgot to put in the post!


    I was put off GM foods years ago when I first heard about the 'terminator' gene which stops it from seeding so supplies have to be bought year after year from the likes of Monsanto or BASF - that's no good to hungry farmers in the 3rd world, especially if their crop fails, as has been known in the past. It's just another bloody scam.

    Once the market has been corner, as you say, prices will rocket and people will be dependent. Think of all those survivalists who've stockpiled cans and packets of the rotten hvp rubbish.

  3. I often think that the low fat high carb diet is designed to make us all stupid

  4. Hi Henry - I'm a great avoider of processed food/ready meal rubbish but it doesn't seem to have helped me much :-) My mum always used to say, "if you can read you can cook" so there's no excuse for not doing it yourself.


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