a reply to: CornishCeltGuy
I don't think there's any conscious motivation to actually 'kill' people. Instead it's about greed and profits, and the special interest lobbies
which are allowed to exist in order to influence crooked politicians with money and favors. This, to increase the bottom line of some public company
by one hundredth of a percent. Businesses such as McDonald's and many others have such tremendous volumes that the hundredth's of a percent actually
mean something...big bucks for a select few.
Some would argue this is an inherent problem of capitalism, but unfortunately the alternative is even worse. The real problem is corruption of the
political system. You happen to live in a very liberal society (at the moment), so government regulation follows accordingly. (Trust me, this won't
last, but that's another thread). The US, both liberal AND conservative, has been corrupted by money politics.
Probably not a big deal for most unless you eat french fries 24x7 and gobs of them. However, your underpinning argument still stands...it's across
the board. And yes, it's wrong.
From my perspective though, I think we are starting to see that change. Ingredients are being more carefully scrutinized than ever, and people are
waking up to these cost saving measures which are poisoning people. More importantly, consumers are willing to pay more for foods which don't contain
these items. And, there's more...
There's also another angle to this, but we have to look beyond fries to see it. Fries are a prepared food with a shelf-life measured in minutes.
Other foods need to have a shelf-life measured in days, weeks and months. The lower the shelf-life the more the waste and this waste costs is built
right back into the product price...again, all for the bottom line of corporations. So, to drive down costs and remain competitive companies add
preservatives in order to increase shelf-life and reduce waste. AND...
There's even one more angle to this...product liability. The US is a far more lawsuit happy country than the UK. People sue everybody for the most
trivial things...and win! Consequently, foods have to have all sorts of preservatives in them (all the stuff you can't pronounce) to avoid product
liability. In this case, the people have brought these poisons onto themselves (unknowingly) in some respects.
And then lastly there's society. There used to be a time when people took it for granted they'd have to walk to the store to get fresh bread on a
daily basis. Now, they expect bread to keep in their house for weeks. You can't have both, and people are too lazy to walk anywhere now, and they're
too cheap to buy fresh bread every day as well.
None of the above should be viewed as excuses, but rather explanations why things are the way they are.
I too hope they change.