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The Food Revolution: What You Are Not Being Told

Updated on August 27, 2014
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What Happened to The FDA Monitoring Basic Food Standards?

There are many things that we eat that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has been turning a blind eye toward. For a spokesman for our health and safety, they certainly have not been doing an adequate job. As an example, since when is titanium part of the four basic food groups? The last that I heard, it was classified as a metal on the chemical periodic table. I’m specifically referring to Dannon and other yogurt companies that feel that they should whiten the food in order to make it more appealing. Let’s face it folks, we’re not looking for paint, we’re interested in food. Take a look at this article, and judge for yourselves. http://forcechange.com/126785/tell-yogurt-company-to-stop-adding-metal-to-its-products/.

McDonald's and Pink SLime
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Fast Food Contains Poison?

And while we’re on the topic, what about McDonald’s and its ubiquitous ‘pink slime’ in the hamburger to make it appear pink and fresh? Let me cite an example in foreign countries that cook their meat to well done in order to kill the bacteria of bad meat. It is a well-known fact that meat cooked to well done equates to 165 degrees Fahrenheit. If anything can live in that temperature, God bless it, but it is no excuse to serve bad meat in this country, let alone lace it with chemicals that our trusting public is eating and hoping that they will live another day to pay the bills.

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Food Borne Illness at Its Highest Levels

Then why, oh why, are there more food borne illnesses now than there have ever been? Can you help me out here, Food and Drug Administration? No? You’re too busy trying to put the halt on natural food products being sold to the public?

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And On the Other Hand…Was a Glove

Nothing personal, my friends, but I was raised on milk from the local dairy when I was growing up in Maine that was not yet pasturized. I am pushing sixty years old, but if you looked at me, you’d never know it. I can still do heavy physical labor and outlast most of the people half my age that didn’t have the luxury of eating organic food like I did. What is wrong with this picture?

Why Is it illegal to sell non-pasturized milk and goat's milk, but the items that I've just outlined are all right?

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You Are What You Eat...

And Monsanto? Who in their right minds puts weed killer on seeds and expects the public to eat the fruits of that labor? I might be a chemist and privy to more knowledge than the average person, but the half life on some of these poisons will outlive our grandkids that haven’t even been born yet. Need proof?

How about this? There was a chemical company in Michigan that manufactured DDT called Velsicol Chemical Company, the former Michigan Chemical. This company manufactured pesticides until 1963, and the worms in the ground on the property that was torn down is killing birds fifty years later. If you’d like to see more about that mystery, read what was published in Scientific American: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/ddt-still-killing-birds-in-michigan/.

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What Did They Know in the 1960s?

Now here’s a sad fact of life. People were ridiculed in the 1960’s and now still for refusing to use pesticides on their lawns to keep the grass looking pretty without weeds.

Those people using weed killers and lawn services also had their dogs and their children crawling around on those lawns. Would you do the same thing to your children after someone told you that those were safe chemicals? All they needed was two hours to dissipate? Right.

Monsanto, referred to as “Monsatan” by some, does that ring a bell? Didn’t they also make Agent Orange for the United States government for the Viet Nam War? Wasn’t the purpose of this chemical to poison the enemy? Yes, folks, it killed people, and those it didn’t kill, it created birth defects for the children of the people that were doused with it.

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Truth is Hidden in a Variety of Ways

I attended an American History conference in New York City a number of years ago, and one of the speakers was a woman whose deceased husband was a journalist/photographer. He was there to try to uncover facts about the war, like the harm that Agent Orange was causing. What killed him? It was the exposure to Agent Orange that he was filming proof for that it was harmful. I saw footage first hand that our soldiers were handling hoses and the chemical bare handed, being told that it wouldn’t hurt them. They believed it, and returned home sterile, later developing cancer and other horrible diseases that were linked to Agent Orange.

The proof is in the pudding, folks. No major television station would air this documentary that I saw in New York, because the big players fund these stations. That's why this documentary only made it to film festivals. You are being told what others want you to hear, and believe me, these people that are and were playing God with your lives are not losing any sleep over it. They might not even fully know the truth themselves, puppets in the Russian roulette of what life has become for many.

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There Is Nothing to Fear But Fear Itself

Don’t be afraid to question what is allowed to go on your tables any more. Yes, organic food not laced with pesticides costs a little more, but it is a lot less expensive than it used to be. Why is that? It’s all in supply and demand. If less people want a better product, it costs the public more to have it. If more people are getting on the bandwagon to eat better, the costs are shared by many, therefore, it is less expensive. Consider what you are feeding yourselves and your family. Ask why the cost of cancer drugs are so expensive and there is no alternative or help for those that cannot afford these drugs that the drug companies are making millions from.

Ask why insurance companies will not insure you now if you have genetically-predisposed diseases in your family.

Life should not have to be a gamble when it comes to eating good and decent food. You work hard, and deserve the best. You can’t tell me that GMO-laced products are going to give you that.

And I haven’t even discussed the ground water from these chemicals that the weed killers are going. Think about it…

© 2014 Deb Hirt

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      That's right, Sarah. We can no longer be complacent, as look what it has done in the past. I am a strong proponent of grow your own, but not everyone has the land for that.

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      Sarah Browne 2 years ago

      Great article. Thanks for reporting the truth. People have a right to know what they are putting in their bodies and the bodies of their children.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Exactly, Peg, and it gets even worse. What about DEPENDENCE? See you in the realm of good health.

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      Peg Cole 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Right on, Deb. You are a true example of the results of healthy eating. It is truly astounding that we buy what the big companies tell us is safe, despite the evidence. GMOs, Agent Orange, DDT and so many other poisons are being passed through regulations and on to the consumer and to wildlife. It is no wonder that so many children and others are developing autism, hyperactivity and other ailments with the food choices today.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      That's right, Chris. If you want decent food, you have to grow your own, or be aware of where it came from.

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      Chris Mills 3 years ago from Maple City, Michigan

      Hi Deb. Good article. I finally found my way to a Whole Foods store and love it. I grew up on a farm where we ate our own produce and drank our own cows' milk. When I finally reach semi retirement and retirement, I'll be doing a lot of my own growing and canning etc. Locally and organically grown is the way of the future.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Jackie, I think the government is getting a payoff, especially from the GMO people and large corporations that use it to their advantage.

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      You would almost think they want to kill us and our own government doesn't even care. Looks that way to me.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      EXACTLY, Tamara. Once you control your destiny, you control your insulin sensitivity and and blood sugar. Let's face it high fructose corn syrup is still in products, but it has been renamed. It's still the same thing, and is a big money maker and addictive to the body. It is costing your body a lot, including illness and loss of productivity. People are actually MADE lazy by the food industry, which i why they gain weight.

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      Tamara14 3 years ago

      This reminded me of the excellent documentary film FOOD, INC. and horrible details of all kinds of truths that are being well kept from the public. I must say I am happy with the fact that Croatia still has rather good food production, although junk food is unfortunately seen as a good thing from the West we should all embrace. But as for the "big pharma" and big food producers I'd say things are very similar all over the world i.e. they're all about profit and nothing else.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Suhail, going organic is a VERY wise move. I grew up being raised on organic and raw milk. There isn't a person in their 20's that has the endurance that I have raised on today's common food. Believe me when I say that organic is the wave of the future.

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 3 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      Hard hitting, but totally making sense! This article turned out to be a very nice read with lot of information to absorb.

      This is one reason why my kid brother and I are planning to get into organic farming.

      Thanks for sharing a very informative article.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      It IS happening Sparrowlet! Yes, people are getting tired of the poor offerings dictated by big money. The poor are fed worse food, as what is cheap and "a good deal" is put in the forefront. It has to stop for the sake of living. Not only is cancer caused by what leaks into the environment, it is coming from what we eat.

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      Katharine L Sparrow 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Your hard-hitting hub comes not a moment too soon! I hope that people will recognize the garbage that is being fed to us and demand better from food suppliers and the FDA. It is scary to think about!

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      You're right, DealForALiving. So many people don't even realize that the FDA is not protecting them, so we must take it upon ourselves to pass on the word.

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      Sam Deal 3 years ago from Earth

      We are what we eat and that's scary for millions and millions of people.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Yes, midget, and what is even scarier, we are no longer in control if we allow the US government to tell us what we can put in there without disclosing it.

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Whoa. It's so scary to think about what we put in our bodies!!

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Yes, Mary, that is definitely a step in the right direction. It is not harmful for you or the groundwater. Every time I buy fruit, I am invaded by fruit flies, so I eradicate them with vinegar in a spray bottle. Once you get used to doing these things, it becomes second nature, and it is a lot less expensive. Say 'no' to GMO!

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      What you have written is among the reasons people are starting to grow their own vegetables again. We need to be constantly aware of what's going on with the food we eat as well as what we use in our gardens and lawns.

      I was so proud of myself for using soap water to try to kill the flies on my hibiscus, a minuscule step but one in the right direction.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Nell, most of you illness is likely food induced. I'll bet you if you change your diet…but don't let ME influence you with something as simple as probiotic yogurt.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      You're right, Anna. Make sure that you get GMO free soy.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      bravewarrior, not only is our government allowing us to be killed, they stand idly by for the sake of money. I knew about Taylot, which doesn't surprise me. Even our people protecting us have a price...

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Hi Deb, not sure about Agent Orange but its a fact that my granddad died of cancer caused by gassing in the first world war, took him a few years but they said thats what it was. I totally agree with you, eating natural like my mum did with the milk as you said made her go on for years, these days I shudder to think whats in the food, nell

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      Really informative and so true, we are what we put in our bodies. I don't eat dairy products only soya and nowadays I eat mostly whole foods. We wouldn't put sub standard fuel in our cars and expect them to run well...

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Deb, you and I are on the same page. Recently, when I was doing research for a blog post on the effects of GMOs I discovered something appalling: the US Food Safety Czar is - get this - Michael R Taylor, former attorney for and CEO of Monsanto! Are you kidding me?!

      I further learned that McDonalds uses the most GMO foods of all the fast food chains.

      Why is our government killing us?

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      We can fight back by buying non-GMO seeds for our little gardens and small truck farms. Who would have thought that free enterprise would come to this, eh, Rolly?

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      Rolly A Chabot 3 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Deb... so well written and today it is scary what is being called food. In Canada several years ago they approved the use of Round Up to dedicate the crops earlier. The main in ingredient in Round Up is called Glyphosate and is known to be active for unknown time. Ironically the farmer is allowed to harvest his crop 10 days later, which is immediately taken to the mill and ground into the foods we eat. It is all driven by the dollar factor with little or no guidelines or monitoring. It is sad...

      Hugs and Blessings

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      It is a shame what we aren't being the told by the people that work for us, Alicia.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is scary stuff, Deb. Thanks for sharing the information.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      All we can do is play the hand of cards that we have been give, and it all shows for itself later, Dianna. The big companies don't like chemists for that reason, as we know exactly what they are creating.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      I've almost given up talking to people about the benefits of eating organic and natural foods. I just pity them when I hear later how they are dealing with health issues. I hope people listen to your message.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      You're right, Peg, we must all stand our guns and refuse to take what is being dished out to us. We hold the biggest option, if we refuse to buy these foods and go to others that are willing to disclose what we eat. I have been switching over completely to organic, non-GMO foods and products. Thanks for the votes!

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      Peg Cole 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      It will take all of us to take down big pharma and chemical companies that feed us poisoned crops. You've shared some really important information here to help spread the word, Deb. Up and away!

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Faith Reaper. I believe that everyone deserves to know the truth about everything that they encounter, including what they eat. GMO(genetically modified) foods are questionable when nature is skewed and changed. Nothing good results from chemical experimentation. Back in Maine, the fish in the Androscoggin River where the paper mills dumped their refuse, were altered due to chemicals. They were missing eyes, organs and were misshapen.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      What an eye-opener of a hub. That truly made me sick to my stomach reading about the fast food pink slime stuff. My dad had Agent Orange being in Vietnam. He was also in Korea. He never wanted us, his children, to see his arms and wore long-sleeved shirts in the middle of summer in the south. He never talked about it either. He died at the age of 60. Voted up +++ tweeting, G+ and sharing

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I believe you, Billy, but if we can help a few along to a better life, why not? Thanks as always for being there.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Having written about this subject a few times, what I've found is that most people are aware of these things, but don't seem to care enough to protest or change their eating habits...or they use the old excuse that organic costs too much. Meanwhile they buy booze and cigarettes for their after meal relaxation period. I think that about says it all. :)

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I'll revisit what you mentioned, Perspy, thanks. There was a leaflet that was passed out to our boys handling the Agent Orange, which insured its safety. Medical companies will never lose any money. That was why I stopped working for Astra-Zeneca, but I did have to give up three years of my life. They paid for my education, but even at 21, I saw through their ways of "helping" people needing medicine. It is all a money ploy.

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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      "....and the worms in the ground on the property that was torn down is killing birds fifty years later." Minor fix there, but you got so excited and agitated with your last paragraph, that you will want to revisit typos (?) like "les" and "pubic" and etc. to maintain you sterling reputation. We did not spray Agent Orange to kill Vietnamese, but rather to defoliate their supply and infiltration trails. While it is a tragedy that handlers of the chemical and Vietnamese were severely harmed from their exposure, no military were purposely poisoning them. FDA has a lot to account for and it is appropriate to call them to account. The medical companies see the billions Americans spend on natural health products and want that money for themselves, so they are even trying to make herbal supplements do the same testing as those companies' medicinal products. It's a money grab, and Congress will be complicit, if the pharmaceutical companies get away with effectively shutting down retail health stores.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks for the advice, Brie. I shall take it.

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      Brie Hoffman 3 years ago from Manhattan

      Yep, you are giving them free ad space and they give us nothing. I took all of mine off and replaced them with amazon ads.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Brie, I appreciate your saying that. I don't think I've ever had a hit on e-bay ads, if you want to know the truth.

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      Brie Hoffman 3 years ago from Manhattan

      Excellent article, voted up!

      Oh and just fyi ebay ads are a waste of time, they don't pay anymore, much better to use amazon ads.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks you for reading, Linda. I just hope we can show the FDA and the money that we won't take this sitting on our laurels.

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      Linda Compton 3 years ago from The Land of Enchantment

      Compelling and crucial information. Thanks, Deb. L.