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"Are Americans Too Ignorant to Buy Good Mediterranean Food?" & "Making School Lunches Healthier doesn't mean kids will eat them".
So what is "good Mediterranean food" and what is "healthier"? We all know the answer and we all disagree. It seems that everyone has their own food biases and fads. Is the Mediterranean diet actually "better" for you? Some claim they live longer but most of the so-called evidence depends on statistical manipulation and misinformation. In fact it is the Japanese who live the longest in the world but oddly enough they have a cancer rate 3 times greater then the U.S. Another odd fact is that when you only measure the life spans of Americans of European descent their numbers are comparable with the Japanese. That is they are right up there as the longest living people, even longer living then the Europeans they descended from. So what is it that makes the Mediterranean diet so appealing? It fits the typical leftist model of less red meat and more "natural" foods. Not that there is a huge body of evidence to support it but simply because it fits someone's bias. Interestingly so doesn't the Asian and Japanese diet, except that it has the dreaded white rice in it. So how do the Japanese live so long eating that white rice that we enlightened people know is poison? Maybe we should try to convince the Japenese to eat the Mediterranean diet. Would that reduce their cancer rate? Maybe they could replace white rice with hummus. But then hummus isn't "provably" healthy it is simply the latest fad to sooth our biases. Something the "in" crowd can order to feel more "in" and better then us rice or pasta eating peons.
Huh. So the green revolution, which includes bigger yields thru pesticide application, GMO hybridization and advanced farming methods (ie no-til) saved over a billion lives from starvation, mostly credited to Norman Borlaug. (and the luddites want to do away with GMO or at least contain it, or label it increasing food costs even more)
and herein lies the problem with the population explosion argument. THEY ALWAYS FOCUS ON THE DEFICT of a human existence. What if Norman Borlaug had been aborted?
what are the ripple effects of any single individual?
Judging by the comments on that article, I'm glad a lot of people decide NOT to breed.
the greens WANT famine, misery, war, death on untold scale.
It's their ultimate goal, the depopulation of the planet (except for themselves of course), and has been for generations.
In fact the entire anti-science, anti-humanitarian worldview isn't new at all, it's centuries old.
It's why the British didn't help out the Irish during the potatoe famine, it's why so few if any hospitals were built in African colonies by the French (and if they were built, they were for the French only), it's why DDT had to go, it's why there's this hate campaign against GMO foods (and has been since we had that technology).
Countries are being told they have to sterilise large percentages of their female population in order to get development aid from the US, EU, World Bank, IMF, and others.
Future aid is then dependent on the vigor with which that sterilisation campaign is carried out.
Countries not falling in line, instead using GMO seeds to grow increased crop yields find themselves with trade embargoes put up against them by countries "to protect our crops against contamination".
Yeah, after walking away and thinking about it for a bit - i realized that those who complain and want to exterminate "useless eaters" are the ones who support programs that create more parasites.
Myself being one of the productive class, I don't judge other's worth in a negative light. Although since we reached the tipping point, I'm starting to, although I know that eventually I will be Judged for it.
I know this is going to rub some people the wrong way but... In fact the British did help the irish in the great potato famine. With food and assistance to relocate. Many Irish relocated to England at the expense and effort of the English. Many more Irish relocated to the U.S. and many of them did so with the help of the English. It is great fun to blame the whole thing on the English but in fact this disaster was taken serious by all concerned and a great deal of assistance was given when they could have choosen to ignore it. Since I'm already pissing off the Irish I will add that after considerably investigation it is my opinion that the death toll for the great potato famine is greatly exaggerated as well, no doubt to spit in the eye of the British. Most of those who were "unaccounted for" immigrated to England or the U.S. Many died, mostly older people and very young children.