Food Monopolies

Who owns our food? It occurs to very few people, but all the products we buy from our local grocery are in some way owned by a small number of multinational food conglomerates. These select few “food mafias” have a vested interest in keeping us happy and hungry. When obesity has climbed to such an enormous rate, especially here in the United States, you’d think corporate fatcats would take their focus off the bottom line, and direct it to our ever-growing waistline. As long as we continue to support their monopoly over our stomachs, there is nothing to stand in the way of companies who have all but branded the food we eat.

Remember when food used to be grown, harvested or cooked? Well, the future has brought more than electric cars and touch-screen phones, but a new way for us to “create” our food. Massive factories construct food out of various ingredients and chemicals to achieve that perfect texture and flavor. Do you know why your Doritos taste so good? They were designed that way.

This extreme level of genetic modification and tampering has brought about the birth of some true freaks of nature. Grain, once harvested naturally in fields, has been cross-bred to a nearly unrecognizable state. Bred to be resistant to high-winds and insects, grow quicker, and seed longer than usual, these genetic anomalies do not fit into nature. Preservatives are injected into our “natural” foods to increase their shelf-life, and prevent any loss of revenue by staying “fresh” during the shipping and selling process.

What impact does all this genetic tampering have on the consumer? What chemicals are we putting in our bodies, and just how potent can they become over a lifetime of eating? Studies have shown that eating certain foods can alter your brain chemistry, even cause diseases. The environmental impact of these lab-grown plants can have disastrous effects on the surrounding ecology, too. Plants designed to have a longer growing seasons and higher pollination counts can dominate whole crops of other plants, supplanting the naturally grown food with its scientifically bolstered biology.

We are being sold addiction in colorful boxes and a variety of flavors. Food scientists the world over are literally tasked with increasing the already addictive quality of their snacks to hook those too young to know better. It’s no longer good enough to know that too much sugar is bad for you. With these companies doing all they can to shroud the truth about their food, it’s up to you, the consumer, to understand exactly what you’re choosing to eat.