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The price of freedom is eternal vigilance

The amount of corruption in this country, and the world, beggars the imagination. I'm going through email and came across a link describing the American College of Nutrition (ACN) wanting to merge with a similar organization, the American Society for Nutrition (ASN). ASN apparently manages the Smart Choice food labeling system, and Fruit Loops got it. A food that's 41% sugar and made with partially hydrogenated oils. Turns out ASN receives major funding from the same companies who might receive the label. So ACN wanting to merge with ASN is a bit fishy, and definitely doesn't seem to be in the best interests of nutrition knowledge.

As a consumer it would be easy to just trust the label, Smart Choice, and feel good about eating all that sugar. It's crazy how often you have to delve into the truth of matters on your own and not just take what's said at face value. As potentially tiring as I might find having to verify everything myself, it honestly seems a natural requirement.

I was thinking about nature and how the body constantly wards off bacteria, viruses, and other organisms that want to consume it. It's only when you die that they win and you start to decompose. The price of living is eternal vigilance, against bacteria et al. Stars have to constantly generate enough energy to keep gravity from collapsing them. Seems nothing really does exist in a vacuum. You check your brain at the door and something else will happily fill in for it.

The society we have really is of our own making. Too many of us have become complacent in taking responsibility for it. So that leaves a huge vacuum that a few, namely corporations, fill in for us.

Posted: Fri, Nov 26 2010 9:58 PM by Humpty
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