Where are our solar subsidies?

April 12, 2011

What if solar power were subsidized like fossil fuels?

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Told you so.

April 2, 2010

Huffington Post

They found that the “rats with 12-h access to HFCS gained significantly more body weight than animals given equal access to 10% sucrose, even though they consumed the same number of total calories, but fewer calories from HFCS than sucrose.”

Findings of the long-term research weren’t all that different: Over roughly half a year, both male and female rats that had access to the corn syrup “gained significantly more body weight than control groups.”

And the bad news didn’t stop there. The researchers write that the additional body weight with high fructose corn syrup “was accompanied by an increase in adipose fat, notably in the abdominal region, and elevated circulating triglyceride levels.”

Percentage of high fructose corn syrup in Americans’ daily caloric intake: 7

Percentage of U.S. caloric sweeteners made from high-fructose corn syrup: ~40

Year [pdf] high fructose corn syrup became available in the U.S. food supply: 1967

How much U.S. consumption of high fructose corn syrup rose between 1970 and 1990: 1,000%

Percentage of obese Americans, 1960-1962: 13.4

Percentage of obese Americans in 2005-2006: 35.1

Approximate number of obese Americans, 2007-2008: 1 in 3

In 2006, how many U.S. government subsidies went to corn: $4,920,813,719

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Grist

A picture is worth a thousand words.

But here are a few:

“According to this analysis, we eat something like 30 percent more grain than we should–presumably mainly in the form of bread–and 20 percent too much meat. Meanwhile, we’re eating just 80 percent of the vegetables we should be, 60 percent of the dairy, and 40 percent of the fruit.

Another way to put it is like this: from a dietary perspective, we’re overproducing (and consuming) wheat and meat, and underproducing (and consuming) fruits and vegetables.”

Federal policies of subsidies for meat, corn, soy have created this unhealthy food environment and everything connected to it. Meat has become both cheap and of poor quality. Not to mention the pollution of water tables from factory farm runoffs, chemicals in our food and our water, GMO, hormones, antibiotics and on and on.

Perhaps Americans need to practice frugal eating from a time when a nice cut of meat was a special occasion indulgence rather than a several times daily occurrence. We don’t need to consume like the farmer that did hard labor from sun up to sun down. If our lives are less physical, we need to modify our diets accordingly.

Less meat. Less refined pasta, rice and bread. Whole grains instead of white rice, white flour and white sugar. Desserts for special occasions instead of every day for lunch and dinner. (And breakfast if you count cereals, pastries and donuts). More vegetables and fruits. Start dinner with a soup, then have a salad, by the time you get to the entre, you don’t want a big steak, or even any steak. And fruit for desert.

Maybe limit it to a pork roast or prime rib on Sundays only. A nice chicken during the week. And fish. The rest of the meals are soups, salads, beans, whole grains.

And make everything with ingredients you trust rather than buying pre-processed, pre-packed convenience and fast food.

We might find we not only are eating our fill, but are feeling better and better. Maybe even losing a few pounds. And we can all stand to lose a few pounds.