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The Men Who Made Us Fat

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ananda

The Men Who Made Us Fat

This is currently causing great upset for UK Food Manufacture: forever in denial, of course, and oh, so upset about "Auntie" getting in there with her left-wing bias.

Anyway; further support for Eric, as Lustig is prominent in here, so too Professor Marion Nestle, who is much respected by Professor Tim Lang who heads up the Food Policy dept. at City Uni whose programme for the MSc in Food Policy I am currently studying.

Apparently UK Food Manufacture is not impressed by the science behind the programme, and the Daily Telegraph thinks it is biassed and full of doom and gloom.   Wake up and smell the coffee, people!

I don't know if this is available elsewhere in the world, but in the UK you can watch until next Thursday, when Episode 2 is broadcast.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01jxzv8/The_Men_Who_Made_Us_Fat_Episode_1/

Best wishes

Andy

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Yerffej

Andy,

Regrettably, this is unavailable in the states.  It is interesting that the world over is sharing in the problems of the day.  Mainstream food is certainly high on the problem list.

I have recently begun offering a 100% organic whole grain bread made with a rye starter and heirloom wheat that has drawn considerable attention.  More and more,  people are aware of the growing disaster with regard to the state of the food supply and modern wheat is no exception to that problem.

I hope that you are well,

Jeff

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Wild-Yeast

Find a way to break this out. 

Update: 

Video is on YouTube here.

Wild-Yeast

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ananda

Hi,

Thanks for hunting down on YouTube.   Actually your link opens just a short extract.   But you can see the whole hour-long programme in these  4 parts:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iE-H__aIEFE&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4-Xztw7tOY&feature=relmfu

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6UaUQ0H8crQ&feature=relmfu

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0ptyXd1fbQ&feature=relmfu

Andy

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ananda

It's doing the rounds here:

On linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Will-new-BBC2-TV-series-4061415.S.124330123?view=&srchtype=discussedNews&gid=4061415&item=124330123&type=member&trk=eml...

and the online edition of FoodManufacture: http://www.foodmanufacture.co.uk/Food-Safety/Food-and-drink-manufacturers-braced-for-critical-BBC-TV-obesity-series

Our Sectretary of State for Health, Andrew Lansley, thinks his proposals of voluntary action will be more effective than imposing punitive measures on food manufacturers.   He is so wrong!

Andy

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Yerffej

Thanks for digging up the link.  A great piece that truly illuninates much of the problem from a number of angles.

Thanks Andy,

Jeff

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G-man

I follow Jamie Oliver on the Twitter, and he's been talking a lot about this one as well.

In general I favor a hands-off approach to food regulation. I feel like most of the time food regulations just make it harder for small businesses to get started, since the big names are just going to talk/weasel/buy their way out of doing something that they don't want to do anyway. I mean look at how many food recalls we had just last year because of tainted food here in the states. Those only happened because something really nasty managed to get enough attention. How much more slips through that we never learn about because it doesn't make a big enough splash? I'd wager the answer is "a lot". Food regulation hasn't prevented big food processors from poisoning people.

I'll still watch it, though it'll probably just irritate me.

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ehanner

Andy thanks for shining the light of truth on this.

Eric

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Breadandwine

For those who can't access the video that Andy posted, or who don't have the time to watch it, here's an article from the London Guardian which covers the same ground:

http://www.pmflegal.com/blog/index.php/2012/06/12/why-our-food-is-making-us-fat/

Paul