Did you know that America's Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was originally called the Bureau of Chemistry? America was so infatuated with science at the beginning of the 20th century, understandably. Science brought to light the causes of life-threatening typhoid outbreaks and other diseases that arose from slaughterhouse effluent and unsanitary food handling practices in restaurants and worker cafeterias) as well as procedures like pasteurization and drugs like penicillin to combat them.
In this 21st century, however, problems with food safety have returned as a result of the application of too much science, technology and chemistry for the sake of "affordability" and profit. Deaths from poorly reported E.coli outbreaks and arguably a volcanic rise in occurrences of Type 2 diabetes - especially in children - as a result of America's highly subsidized corn-based food supply, underscores the need for more vigilance and protection from our government aka the FDA. Hormones used to fasttrack livestock growth and increase milk production have been linked to cancer, human reproductive problemsm and early onset of puberty.
Overuse of antibiotics in food and medical care has rendered many ineffective as a medical treatment. After studies proving the harmful presence of BPA in baby bottles, now we're hearing about the plastic lining in cans. Paper milk cartons are coated in plastic too, not wax as they were years ago.
Green Life Studios wants to help Americans - not just Californians - learn more about food safety and give them the confidence to grow some of their own. We encourage everyone to shop locally, patronize farmer's markets, grow your own when you can and share what you learn with friends. Healthy food is more expensive, but in the long run is cheaper than health problems, missed work days, costly doctor visits, prescriptions and health insurance. Here, we'll continue to compile easy access information to help you learn more about America's food safety, starting with this video about plastic in cans.
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