The Right to Food

Hunter By Hunter , 3rd Jun 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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A comparison of what the Declaration of Human Rights definition of food is as compared with what the American public is provided in grocery stores.

The Right to Food

According to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the United Nations, the Right to Food is defined as follows:

"The right to have regular, permanent and unrestricted access, either directly or by means of financial purchases, to quantitatively and qualitatively adequate and sufficient food corresponding to the cultural traditions of the people to which the consumer belongs, and which ensure a physical and mental, individual and collective, fulfilling and dignified life free of fear."

So, one idea of how this applies is the old image of starving children getting the food truck delivery in Ethiopia. That's one idea. Here's another. Go shopping in your local food marts, in the so-called membership stores, down at the local chain market. Read food labels and look things up you can't pronounce. Find out if High Fructose Corn Syrup is just sugar.

Now I ask you, does any of that classify as food according to the human rights definition?

Allow me to back up. Food is supposed to nourish you, feed the body and provide adequate energy. All this super charged inundation for fat free brownie bites and sugar free sodas, the so called healthy foods, like corn flakes and yogurt with so much sugar in it you could bake a cake. And good old HFC. High Fructose Corn Syrup. What is all this stuff, really?

Ever seen a kid on sugar? How about the crash? I have seen the cycle of sugar placation to hyperactive mania to tears too many times to count. And we call this a disease? Drop the sugar puffs Mom and make a real breakfast. Then see if you need those pills anymore.

It affects adults too you know. Obesity is just one symptom. How about the skinny guy or girl who eats sweets all day but is crabby and rides an emotional roller coaster? It's just classic malnutrition.

What if I were to tell you of my plan for a Utopian wonderland where all the food was made out of sugar, where even meats had sugar added to them to make them sweet and delicious? Where fat was pulled out of creamy foods and sugar added for a wonderful taste and that even the sugar had sugar added to it to make it so much sweeter. Would you think me mad?

Where's the actual food? I call to mind the old Where's the Beef ad campaign run by Burger King in the 80's. Well, where's the food? Oh right, if you want to eat organic you have to pay a premium. Ever shop at the organic stores and wonder why that checkout stand number jumped by 2 or 3 times what the local chain grocer is charging? How is that possible for foods that are less processed?

Its the Right to Food. Not the Right to Food Like Substances. So you can digest it. So what, can you metabolize it? We're rich in things that look like food all around us, yet starved of nutrition.

My plea. Read the labels. Understand that maltodextrin isn't in the spice rack. Eat close to nature. There never was an oreo tree. And insist on Food, real food. Don't buy fiber rich brownies with only 80 calories. If we don't buy them, they won't make them, you know. And if you can eat just one I will be amazed. Even so, the other stuff in there confuses the body. America is one of the few countries that has not kicked big corporate baddies like Monsanto off their property. Why is that? Are we so duped?

Because the future of civilization depends on proper nutrition, and said another way, it depends on Food.


Nutritional Diet, Nutritious Eating, Nutritious Food

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I go by the name of Hunter. I hunt for social change. Man can save himself if he applies what he knows. I believe we already have the answers we need.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
4th Jun 2013 (#)

Well said, Hunter, thought provoking. But most people do not bother about calories etc - they are in a hurry to fill their stomachs and be done with it. The food marts should play their part with qualified staff to prevent junk being sold - siva

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
4th Jun 2013 (#)

Thanks for the follow. Great article and great way to represent yourself as a "Hunter."

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author avatar vickylass
20th Jun 2013 (#)

You're dead right Hunter. Everyone is entitled to eat everyday and this is why I agree with the unemployed trying to ransack supermarkets on these days of doom and gloom even though some people regard these actions as hooliganism. It is not. People have to eat.

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