(Polizeros welcome our new contributor, Will O’ The Wisp)
Well, maybe on the tips of the tongues of those well-heeled, health-insured politicians. On the tips of the tongues of those whom health care reform is meant to assist? Food! Water! Shelter! Bills! Let’s go back to that first subject – Food. I admit, my friends, I have yet to read the full 2000-plus pages of the health care reform bill (But then, why should I be the first to read it?) but I am reasonably confident that there is not a discussion of food in it. Not in the availability sense, but rather in regards to how it should be consumed, and more importantly, subsidized.
There has been research (reach out to me if you want backup) that directly points back to our diet as the major factor in increased incidences of cancer, thyroid problems, diabetes, and other life threatening conditions. You, my friends, may know this already, but do you really think about all the chemicals and preservatives you consume with every bite of fast food and processed food that you take? If chemicals are used to preserve food, what do you think it does to your organs? And how does it effect your body function? And more importantly, why is the first response to illness or conditions such as acne to prescribe drugs? More chemicals? Is it possible that altering our diets to include more natural and organic foods could solve a majority of our problems? It is, my friends, it is.
But here’s the rub: The health care industry doesn’t want to promote those solutions because it hurts their bottom line, the whole health care ecosystem. Furthermore, it “hurts” our agricultural system, as it exists now.
Look at the graph. You see all those subsidies for corn? That would be for the corn that makes the corn syrup in all of the least-healthy foods we eat. And the corn that feeds the cows on the antibiotics that we eat. And the chickens and the pigs too. The corn is cheap, because of the subsidies, which makes the animals cheap, which makes our fast and packaged and processed foods cheap…and our fruits and vegetables and nuts relatively expensive. Which, in turn, means we eat fewer fruits and vegetables, experience a range of health problems ranging from cancer to obesity, and continue to drive up health care costs that are bankrupting the country, and encouraging more government intervention, because, well, no one just wants to take the initiative, personal responsibility, and eat more healthy.
Food subsidies from the government are a problem. But isn’t this what they wanted? What they bargained for? They create a problem so they can offer a solution. Each solution creates more problem. Stand up, my friends. Make your choice.