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Friday, May 20, 2005

Is Our Food Killing Us?

BetterArf stumbled across this article on the Interweb. It's a bit scary (even for ducks). Basically what it's saying is that due to intensive farming methods and selective breeding of fruit, vegetables and animals for human consumption, the food we eat today is significantly lower in essential nutrients (especially the bizarre things like copper, selenium and other trace elements) than it was 50 years ago. Chicken and other meat has a much higher fat content than previously. This is based on research in the UK, and is dealing with food in its 'native' state.

The report is assuming that people buy fresh veg and meat from their local supermarket, and cook it themselves. I think this still happens in some households. But in other households, the pattern might be to buy heavily-processed food in the form of 'ready meals' from the supermarket, supplemented by grease-soaked take-aways from the likes of MuckDonalds, KFC etc.

Things are probably different here. We get stuff from all over the world, but I will usually buy locally-grown vegetables. And eggs. The eggs you get here are just 'eggier' than English eggs.

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