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Old 12-27-2006, 03:12 PM   #51
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Default "Becoming" Dominated?

"Becoming" Dominated? My friend, less than 5 companies control over 2/3rds of almost all the food grown in this country, although we really only eat corn, beef, chicken, pork and potatoes. The tomatoes are just used for pizza sauce and ketchup. 20 or 30% of meals are eaten in or from fast "food" restaurants, and most of the food sold in superdupermarkets is processed, prepared stuff.



Who grows, processes, cooks, distributes and sells to consumers almost all the food Americans eat? Big corporations. Am I saying corporations are evil? Are sharks evil? Are guns evil? Is an atom bomb evil? Just tools built and used by men (except the shark).



In fact, I think our co-opted by corporations food system is why Americans are so fat, unhappy, depressed, angry and mean. It's why our political system is so divided and why we're so isolated and terrified.



It's all going to be in my upcoming book.
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Old 12-27-2006, 03:35 PM   #52
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I hope they didn't make more than three....
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Old 12-27-2006, 03:36 PM   #53
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I disagree. I think people are fat because they are lazy and stupid.



I think people are "unhappy, depressed, angry and mean" because everyone wants to pass the buck and refuses to take responsibility for their actions. I am speaking specifically to dieting, working, and personal living.



For the most part people are stupid. Shockingly dumb.



On a side note: I have 6 different farmers markets around me all from local farmers. I have another 6 or so local stores owned by local farmers that sell their produce (Tabura Farms kicks some serious @ass in the food department). Between Peddler's Village, New Hope, and Doylestown you can do your entire holiday shopping and avoid the evil big business around here.

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Old 12-27-2006, 03:39 PM   #54
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You are so screwed on this one. I hope the Buell didn't win...
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Old 12-27-2006, 04:12 PM   #55
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Default Re: People are fat because...

...we've got too much food. From an evolutionary standpoint we weren't built to have anything we want at our fingertips. And the foods that make us fat today are the ones that sustained us for long periods of time between the hunts and the harvests. Now we just have to pop on down to the Superdupermarket to feed our faces any time we desire. Or better yet, we just order in.



Couple that with the fact that more and more of us spend our working lives sitting at a desk and then spend most of our lesiure time watching TV or or on the stupid Internet...hey, wait a second...
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Old 12-27-2006, 04:48 PM   #56
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Default Re: Clean Air Plus More Fuel: Pond S***** to the Rescue!

After reviewing the above posts it is appearant to me that ".... we have met the enemy and it is us...". Bring on the review!
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Old 12-27-2006, 04:58 PM   #57
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I'm just mean because I enjoy it.
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Old 12-27-2006, 05:03 PM   #58
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"In fact, I think our co-opted by corporations food system is why Americans are so fat, unhappy, depressed, angry and mean."



And here I thought it was because the Democrats came to power. Shows what I know!
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Old 12-27-2006, 05:09 PM   #59
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That's your problem in a nutshell schiznoodle. You need to look deeper past the superficial sound bites you hear and see on Faux News...
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Old 12-27-2006, 05:20 PM   #60
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Yep keep in mind I took my class in economics over 20 years ago. So it doesn't surprise me to hear that now 5 companies dominate. With all of the food company and oil company mergers my econ professor would be saying that problems may require government action in the form of oversight and possible breaking up things a bit.. Which of course will be opposed with every tool available to the power brokers.. Hope the constitution isn't superseded by the Patriot Act III by then. Most libertarians forget that the role of the government in capitalism is a necessary thing.
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