Nutrition in the News: The High Price of Cheap Food

a_wfood_2_0831Hi guys!

Hope you’re enjoying your start to the week. I just wanted to draw everyone’s attention to Time Magazine’s very excellent cover article this week. It details the true cost–economic, medical, cultural, environmental–of mass-produced and processed food, and it’s worth reading and sending to your loved ones A.S.A.P. The article probably won’t tell you anything you didn’t learn from Food, Inc. or The Omnivore’s Dilemma, but it’s powerful, succinct, and uncompromising. Most importantly, it’s a huge sign of progress that major newsweeklies are spreading word about the true cost of cheaply produced, high-protein diets. My favorite quote?

“The industrial food system fills us up but leaves us empty — it’s based on selective forgetting. But what we eat — how it’s raised and how it gets to us — has consequences that can’t be ignored any longer.”


Have a great day, everyone.


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  1. Great article- I emailed it to my entire family! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Btw, when are you going to announce the winner of Sarma’s book giveaway- I hope I haven’t missed it!

  2. I loved this article, Gena! Thanks for pointing it out. I forwarded the link to a few choice family/friends under the heading “what I think about all day.”

    It actually reminded me of WWII history lessons, when we learned how after bombing Pearl Harbor that Japanese general said something to the effect of “I think we’ve awoken a sleeping giant.” I would like to think that that’s the kind of movement taking place right now. If people are getting educated as to the high price of cheap food, then the demand for quality food at lower prices should increase to the point where change occurs. That’s my hope, at least! I’m definitely motivated to do my share of putting it into effect. 😉

  3. Thanks for showcasing this Gena. It is so true!!! People think that a cheap meal is the solution and sometimes even snicker at others who pay a lot for organic food or supplements, but in the long run they end up paying with so much more than just their money for the choices they made earlier.

    I think too it is all about making that connection – which most are so slow to make. But the more awareness, the more education and perhaps the more changes for the better where people’s health is concerned.

  4. How great is this article…saw it on the day it was published. Great to see. I’ll share it on my blog too!

    Case x

  5. I saw this article too and boy did it hit the nail on the head. I showed it to my mom, who isn’t a vegan or anything, but she completely agreed. More people need to be aware – thanks for passing along the information! I should do the same on my own blog.

  6. Yes I was so happily surprised to see this on the cover! I wanted to send it to some (non-vegan) friends and family members, but after reading it I thought it dragged on a bit, at least to show to people who might not want to even be reading it in the first place.

    Does anyone have a link to a good article that is shorter and sums up the same reasons why our food system is so F-ed?


  7. Thanks for the link. I hadnt’ heard about the article. Check out my blog for some interesting food/health links from NPR.

  8. This is a great article. I had it set aside yesterday as an article to discuss with my students in class this Fall – I think it will lead to a great discussion!

  9. Great article! I still need to watch Food, Inc. Honestly, I am a little scared to see how the food I ate as a kid was probably bad.

  10. “The article probably won’t tell you anything you didn’t learn from Food, Inc. or The Omnivore’s Dilemma”

    True, but the people who haven’t seen Food, Inc. or read The Omnivore’s Dilemma are the ones who need this information the most–since TIME is the most accessible magazine in existence, hopefully they get the information from here!

  11. This is a great article. It’s sad how many other barriers there are to making these lifestyle changes, though…

  12. This is a really fantastic article. I certainly struggle with the cost of sustainable food – I don’t have a lot of extra money laying around and it can be tempting to just shop cheaply. However, articles like this are a great reminder that it’s absolutely worth it to spend more on sustainable agriculture. And it is so true that local food is much more satisfying in smaller amounts than giant tasteless produce. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Gena, just curious if you know anything about the state of food in other parts of the world? Is everywhere else just as awful as the farming industry and overuse of soy and corn in US or is this mainly here?

  14. Amen and amen! I love articles like this because loved ones are more likely to take in this information than hearing it from me, “the granola obsessed with nutrition”

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