What would you say is the worst food-related invention in History?
In terms of the tragically unhealthy SAD lifestyles so many have grown used to.
Not hydrogenated oil. Not corn oil. Not soy oil or peanut.
I'm talking black gold, petroleum, the king of all fossil fuels.
Oil turned the family farm into a monoculture.
Oil is processed into the packaging that keeps food "fresh" and fungible.
Oil is the engine that drives globalized markets that exploit many so that a few can eat anything at any time.
Oil powers the boats that are stripping our seas of life.
Oil soaks the ground as fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides.
Oil spares us from toil while heaping devastation upon our children, grandchildren, and all future generations.
Margarine & Crisco ... hands down.
Umm.. I kinda gotta go two ways with this:
Actual Food Item:
IMO the worst that involve food are:
Actually probably it would be all of the crazy seed oils and sugar substitutes.
Anything Crap in a bag/box, fake flavors/smells being sold as natural. Excitotoxins (i.e. MSG, Aspertame). Artificial sweeteners, and colors. Things that aren't supposed to be food, being put in food-like products, such as wood fibers. Hydrogenated oils, hexane extracted oils, or oils that have to be deodorized before they can be sold because they are so nasty.
Hiding nasty stuff by various strategies, such as listing the same ingredient multiple times with different names (sucrose, dextrose, concentrated apple juice, etc. are all sugar sources), renaming things (Aspertame->Aminosweet, High Fructose Corn Syrup -> Corn Sugar), hiding MSG and other nasties as "Natural Flavor", or having multiple names for it such as hydrolyzed vegetable protein.
Not labeling GMO products as such.
Not labeling pesticide use on food, not labeling various nasty chemical washes such as amonia, or chlorine on meat products. (How many restaurants do you know that would soak, wash, or rinse ground beef, or chickens?)
Carcinogenic ingredients such as carragean.
Suing to prevent testing every cow for Mad Cow, even when feasible.
Suing to prevent labeling of non-rBST milk as such on competing products.
Outlawing raw milk, and SWAT style raid on farmers accused of selling raw milk.
Calling things "Natural" when they aren't.
Junk food/drink vending machines in schools and school provided school lunches.
Calling tomato sauce or ketchup a vegetable.
My Plate/Food Pyramid.
Agricultural subsidies for grains.
The internal combustion engine. There's a direct correlation between the beginning of using tractors to plow and work huge farm fields and the human population explosion.
The use of petroleum for engines happened in the mid 1850s. Prior to 1800 there were never more than 1 billion people on the entire planet. In a little more than 200 years we've shot up to 7 billion, with the discovery of oil and the subsequent tractor engines allowing for a massive increase in "food" production being a main contributor to that explosive growth.
1800 1 billion
1927 2 billion
1960 3 billion
1974 4 billion
1987 5 billion
1999 6 billion
2011 7 billion
Hydrolyzed soy protein. It's highly allergenic, ubiquitous in today's "health foods," and gives tits to boys and men alike. Yay!
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