Guest Blogger: Lydia Wisz from Food Wiszdom
There is so much we know about and learn about every day with regard to improving the landscape of our food and making it more sustainable. The thing is, it is not only food that is the concern, but all that is involved with having a better, healthier food system, ecosystem, healthcare system, and more. We can see the affects of poor quality foods in schools, hospitals, too much fast food and not enough real food to fill our appetites. That all spills into more complex issues surrounding our environment.
What can we do about this? Can we change our environment? It seems like we really need to — that is if we want to see progress with better nutrition, better healthcare and overall creating an environment of health and wellness.
The cost to society is far too high for us not to care. Would it help to show frightening statistics that scare the public about what happens when chronic disease strikes? Do people see a strong correlation of the consequences of eating processed foods over unprocessed ones? How can we work on initiatives and get support for those initiatives to make sustainable changes within our schools, restaurants and other public places?
Did you know that:
- In the United States, there is approximately $150 billion spent every year for healthcare needs and $73 billion spent on lost productivity at work due to obesity and all the related issues surrounding obesity (high blood pressure; high cholesterol; heart issues; diabetes) for full-time employees?
- The amounts noted above will continue to grow even more and now our Chairman of the U.S. Joints Chiefs of Staff has declared that obesity is now a “threat to national security”.
- Did you know that “by U.S. law, the Chairman of the U.S. Joints Chiefs of Staff is the highest-ranking military officer in the United States Armed Forces and is the principal military advisor to the President of the United States, the National Security Council, the Homeland Security Council and the Secretary of Defense?
Are these ginormous reasons not enough to change our environment? What will it take to make changes that are sustainable, affordable and more than just generally regarded as safe? GRAS (generally regarded as safe) — the recognized acronym used by the FDA states that any substance that is intentionally added to food is a food additive, that is subject to premarket review and approval by FDA, unless the substance is generally recognized, among qualified experts, as having been adequately shown to be safe under the conditions of its intended use, or unless the use of the substance is otherwise excluded from the definition of a food additive.
Doesn’t the general public want to have the best quality schools, environment, teachers, philanthropists and more or do they only want what passes as satisfactory?