Where to begin with problems in the food industry? I think it would be easier to find what the food industry does right and scrap everything else. This topic infuriates me to no end because the entire planet is affected by a small group of greedy, powerful people. Here is a quick summary of what I have learned during my liberal arts education:
- The US government subsidizes corn crops (meaning they give money to companies like Monsanto and Dupont) to increase food production. This policy was put in place before the Great Depression and has been continued as tradition, without regard for current economic conditions.
- These companies create GMOs that are riddled with chemicals and pesticides and horrible for everyone’s health
- Corn is over-produced, making it extremely cheap and therefore put in everything we eat (like Twinkies)
- Health in the US is horrible and obesity is at an all time high, so the government does things like tax soda and remake the food pyramid in efforts to undo the problem they created
Makes a lot of sense, right? However, if the government were to reduce corn subsidies then organic and local food prices would be able to compete with GMOs, which in theory would improve the health of the nation way more than any “eat healthy” food pyramid commercial.
Monsanto, by the way, has repeatedly been called the world’s most evil company.
It baffles me that the company has been allowed to ban reuse of seeds to grow new crops. The entire point of a seed is to grow new plants. It is wasteful and extremely expensive to the farmer to have to buy new seeds from Monsanto every season. Maybe if farmers didn’t have to pay an inordinate amount of money for seeds then they wouldn’t need subsidies to survive.
No part of this system makes any sense if the goal is an efficient supply chain that creates healthy food for Americans. Unfortunately, if the goal is for Monsanto executives and connected government officials to make as much money as possible by taking advantage of small farmers and US citizens, then we are right on target.