Soylent Green is People!

by DavalosMcCormack on June 6, 2008

Did you see the movie Soylent Green? It’s about the future and how food is in short supply and how society solves the problem by turning to the ultimate in recycling, (long pause) They ate people! Yesterday, I was reminded of how the future seems to be creeping up on us when it comes to food! Do you know how unnatural a lot of our foods are, how much dye is put into every day items, stuff we all eat? You didn’t? Well, that’s why I’m here!

Recently a consumer advocacy group called on the Food and Drug Administration to ban the use of 8 artificial color additives because they may be the cause of hyperactivity and behavior problems in children. Apparently the Center for Science in the Public Interest has been studying the problem of children’s behavior and artificial food additives over 3 decades, and they are just NOW getting around to the conclusion that artificial colors are bad for us? What took them so long?
Check out all of the “banned” additives the Center has studied and now is asking the FDA to ban 8 colors: Yellow 5, Red 40, Blue 1, Blue 2, Green 3, Orange B, Red 3, Yellow 6 which they believe may cause behavioral problems in children.

No surprises here but the FDA is disputing the claim. Julie Zawisza, an FDA spokeswoman, said that color additives undergo safety reviews prior to approval for marketing and that samples of each artificial coloring are tested. She said the agency reviewed one of the studies that the center cites in calling for a ban. “(We) didn’t find a reason to change our conclusions that the ingredients are safe for the general population,” Zawisza said.

Here’s my question. Why do we need artificial colors in our food? We all expect those kind of artificial colors in Cheetos, heck, they’re completely manufactured in a lab. But did you have any idea that you are getting artificial colors in your french fries; or that they color farm raised salmon so it has pink flesh, otherwise it would look gray, and frankly, who wants gray fish! And that’s not even counting some meat products that are so heavily processed they have to add color back into them to make the meat look, well, like meat!

It’s really amazing. I used to think organic food was too expensive, but now I’m thinking it’s worth it because what you see is what you get. They are not adding any extra colors to make a steak look like steak, because it already does.

In the movie Soylent Green the characters ended up wondering who they were putting in their mouth. Today we are just wondering what we are putting in our mouths. Maybe the future isn’t so far away after all.

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