The Sad Disconnection Between Food & Health

by Mark Lovett on July 1, 2012

In the United States consumers spend over $1 trillion on food, yet they also spend over $2.5 trillion on health care, and the total cost of health care, as a percentage of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), has more than tripled since 1960. (5% vs. 17.3%)

Wendell Berry - Food vs Health Industry

Predictions are that this ratio will continue to increase, and the root cause is simply explained by Wendell Berry, a champion of sustainable farming.  As the quality of our diet has plummeted due to higher consumption of processed foods, a range of health issues, such as obesity, high blood pressure, hypertension, diabetes, heart disease and cancer have subsequently increased.

Global Healthcare Spending as Percent of GDP

The sad truth is that despite a dire need to change this dynamic, the American food and health industries, as well as federal and state governments, will do very little to remedy the situation.  There’s simply too much money at stake, and the sadder truth is that there are big profits to be made by poisoning the population, then attempting to cure them, and profit seems to be more important that life itself at the moment.

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