All posts tagged: patented food

Sci-Fi Apocalypse: Alien Food.

In his 1951 seminal work “The Day of the Triffids” John Whyndham-Lewis conjures up a fictional world in which bio-engineers devise a new species of alien plants offering mankind new, improved vegetable oil. The alien species escapes out of the test-tube and begins to colonise the soil. Those seeking to curtail the rapid encroachment of the triffid are blinded by a poison directed at the victim’s eyes. There is every indication to conclude that yesterday’s fiction is today’s reality. Like the triffid, the killer in our food is highly effective at blinding all those who try to identify where he can be found. We live in a chilling world where killer alien foods are colonising our landscape and invading every single industrially prepared, convenience food available on the market today – not least those labelled organic, natural, wholesome and/or “free from all artificial colourings and flavourings”. But, what exactly is alien food? How can it be identified, defined and then curtailed? Alien food is invented, novel, patented food. To understand this sweeping assertion once again we must briefly …

MODERN MALNUTRITION

For the everyday cook time is nutrition. For the industrial cook time is money. Few can dispute that Europe, like so many other global regions, is facing an unprecedented rise in chronic food related diseases. What Europeans, like many other populations both in the developed and developing world, are beginning to fear and become increasingly affected by is the rise in cardio-vascular disease, hyper-tension, food related cancers, diabetes and obesity. Consider these statements: Worldwide obesity rates have almost doubled since 1980. The epidemic of diabetes, which is closely associated with obesity and urbanization, has skyrocketed in rich and poor countries alike. This is a world in which more than 40 million pre-school children are obese or overweight. Dr Margaret Chan, Director of World Health Organisation, 2011. Of the 57 million global deaths in 2008, 36 million, or 63%, were due to NCDs, principally cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancers and chronic respiratory diseases. WHO, Global status report on non-communicable diseases 2010. According to the data, the absolute number of diabetics in the EU-27 will rise from approximately 33 …