How has globalization changed the way we eat?
Marion Nestle: Well from the standpoint of food producers and food companies in the United States, the most important issue is price, or has been price. Keep the price as low as possible. So that has led to a consolidation of food production in a way that has driven out small farmers, so that through economies of scale food prices are kept low. It also has allowed food corporations to outsource the production of food. I once heard an official at the Department of Agriculture say that he didn’t think we should be growing food in America at all. We should be outsourcing all of it and using our land for recreation and housing. I thought that was really interesting. So much for Homeland Security. So we live in a . . . we live in a global world. We get an enormous amount of our food and food ingredients from countries like China that don’t have the same kind of safety standards that we do. We need to work on that, and we are working on that.
We need to make sure that we're not importing sub-par food.
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A disturbing interview given by a KGB defector in 1984 describes America of today and outlines four stages of mass brainwashing used by the KGB.
- Bezmenov described this process as "a great brainwashing" which has four basic stages.
- The first stage is called "demoralization" which takes from 15 to 20 years to achieve.
- According to the former KGB agent, that is the minimum number of years it takes to re-educate one generation of students that is normally exposed to the ideology of its country.
It's up to us humans to re-humanize our world. An economy that prioritizes growth and profits over humanity has led to digital platforms that "strip the topsoil" of human behavior, whole industries, and the planet, giving less and less back. And only we can save us.
- It's an all-hands-on-deck moment in the arc of civilization.
- Everyone has a choice: Do you want to try to earn enough money to insulate yourself from the world you're creating— or do you want to make the world a place you don't have to insulate yourself from?
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