Food – just how far does the collusion extend?

It was decades ago that I got off the innoculation bandwagon and refused to have any more flu jabs. With one exception early in my stay in Russia and on a few occasions since, there’ve been a few bad times with flu but overall, I’ve sailed through where fellow cits who had done the right thing were going down with it.

With this last one in March here, the drugs ran out and it was either go to the doctor or let my own body take eventual care of it. The fallout has been some slight noise in the ears, too little to be an issue. The alternative, to me, was far worse – sitting in that drafty clinic, going down with worse complications.

Perhaps because of all the other things which have come out and which have been blogged on regarding Swine Flu, Avian Flu, various crop diseases where there’d been none, plus reading multiple sources on the beginnings of HIV and so on and so on, the old boy psychiatric network and what those people got up to, with only the tip of the iceberg being prosecuted, faith in the powerful has been severely shaken.

In short, I don’t trust the bstds an inch.  And now Churchmouse has written another fine post, this time on the collusion between multinational food giants and what that collusion ends up with:

ILSI was founded in 1978. Billed as a non-profit, its objective is:

to provide science that improves human health and well-being and safeguards the environment by creating a platform for coordination, cooperation, and collaboration among experts from industry, government, and academia and other civil society organizations. We actively design our programs to foster multi-sector collaboration conducting, gathering, summarizing, and disseminating science related to the world’s most pressing health issues.

Better decisions affecting public and environmental health and safety are made when they are based on good science. ILSI believes its science – as part of the larger body of scientific information – helps industries make safer, healthier products and helps governments, civil society organizations, and individual health professionals provide effective and practical guidance to promote safety, health, and well-being.

It has representatives from multinationals as well as universities.

Bové and Luneau posit that, whilst all this sounds highly worthy (p. 59):

Behind it, there is the interest to create, capture or protect a market.

We are back, in fact, to the same old, same old question – to what extent is the dastardly down to incompetence and the inability to foresee consequences or to what extent is it down to quite deliberate moves?

Food allergies only came widespread in the 1970s or 1980s. What causes them and why? It will probably take years before we get the whole story.

Leaving the food allergies themselves aside, it’s the collusion I’m interested in and Churchmouse’s statement:

Not surprisingly, several of the world’s largest corporations banded together years ago to form an influential lobbying group, ILSI — International Life Sciences Institute.

We see three common positions in reaction to this:

1.  Utter rubbish, tinfoil hat, conspiracy theory [as in “I don’t do”];

2.  Well of course likeminded people and groups collude – that’s what the guild system was all about – cornering the market and protecting its members;

3.  There is a distinct pattern which has emerged of deliberately keeping an otherwise feisty people in a state of lack of nutrition and poor exercise, poorly educated and with health issues, the better to shore up protection for the PTB.

Champions of sense are routinely vilified and marginalized, e.g. Nigel Farage, e.g. Jamie Oliver.  It only takes socialist buzzwords like “ban”, “for all”, “for the good of society” and a section of politics highly libertarian and sensitive in nature to Statist solutions and the sane things Oliver is suggesting about nutrition are totally lost.

But combine that urging of people to eat only fresh ingredients and not processed with the things Churchmouse has written on that, obliquely, and you might begin to see damned good reasons for keeping off anything with additives, washing all food, minimizing any E numbers you take in.

I’ve not got to the point of what I’ve always seen as weirdo natural methods, eating grass, twigs and chicken feed but I’m most certainly in that bracket not at all happy with what is in the food.  You might say serve me right eating Iceland chicken fillets but the last lot were, frankly, disgusting.

Clearly pumped up with water or some sort of sludge, the texture of the meat was really off – rubbery, lacking any fibrousness, so to speak. ASDA also seemed to have done similar but not to the same egregious extent.  I know what chicken breast should taste like and this wasn’t that.

So, looking about me, where are the farms I could visit if I had a car and would it be any better there? What food choices am I left with?

And then we have the final coup de grace – getting all the “experts” to disagree, coming out with red wine an evil killer one week and a life giver the next.  Back to the old question, yes – sheer incompetence or deliberate collusion?

6 comments for “Food – just how far does the collusion extend?

  1. Judd
    May 26, 2015 at 8:55 am

    Butter was another one, for years it was the route to all sorts of ills, overnight it was good for you again, never changed our love nor consumption of it.

    W take not a blind bit of notice of what the current fad expert of the moment tells me (and that applies to everything in life), common sense and eating as fresh as possible, which given sensible shopping works out remarkably cheap is the key as far as we’re concerned.

    We used farmers markets in the early days, and indeed the food was lovely, but over time they’ve become shall we say a little snobbish/pseudo-exclusive whilst to our taste as volumes of sales have increased the taste and quality diminished, i strongly suspect some reselling of bought in goods goes on at some stalls.

    We tried some ridiculously priced beef from the very middle class targeted organic farm in the local village, supposed to be fed on the finest foods and treated like bovine royalty during their stay in this world…well the end result was the most tasteless overpriced bland meat we’ve ever tasted, never again.

    Yet another chap who sells an awful lot of non organic meat from his farm shop about 30 miles away, the meat is out of this world in taste, all you can do is try them out and see.
    His ribs of beef are the finest you can find.

    Chicken breasts we buy from a local butcher in 5kg packs, large they are and cut and taste like chicken should.

    Meat generally, quite honestly we’ve found Morrisons as good as butchers for most things, their meats do not shrink during cooking, their regular special offers on things like whole salmon and joints mean you can eat good food at roughly half price all the time by making careful use of your freezer.

    We never buy processed or ridiculously expensive pre prepared veg, always fresh, three to five different veg servings with every meal, not including potatoes, either new (again Morrisons take some beating for these) or roasters which the good lady judd par boils then roasts in proper dripping, yum, none of that frozen industrial chemical prepared roast potato pap here.

    We buy Scottish whole rolled oats from the cooperative wholefoods shop in the next town at scandalously low prices, around £5 for 5kg IIRC, makes delicious porridge, you’ll never touch the boxed powdered stuff from the supermarket again, though it must be said Sainsbury’s taste the difference whole oats comes a close second @ roughly 4 times the price.

    An interesting thing happens in your body though when you’ve established good eating habits for a good time, if you should now again eat out, which we very seldom do, we almost always end up with acid indigestion, probably from all the processed (so good for you darling) fats preservatives and salts (seasoning dear) that are poured into their food to give it some taste.

    It’s surprising how cheap good eating can be, especially when you buy in season and in larger quantities when things are on offer, conversely i’m staggered at the bulging trolleys of overpriced tat i see at the supermarket tills and the amount it costs some people for all that pre processed junk.
    Have a good look at the people lulled into buying that crap, they look unhealthy weak insipid creatures.


  2. May 26, 2015 at 9:14 am

    Yet another chap who sells an awful lot of non organic meat from his farm shop about 30 miles away, the meat is out of this world in taste, all you can do is try them out and see.
    His ribs of beef are the finest you can find.

    That’s what I need to be able to get to but difficult without car. Morrisons – yes. There’s one biking distance away.

  3. john in cheshire
    May 26, 2015 at 10:10 am

    Another ingredient that is almost impossible to avoid is Aspartame; try to find sweet foods, including chewing gum and fizzy drinks that don’t contain it and you will struggle. Why is its use so widespread, given the side effects and why are we not given the choice of not having it?

    Also, shrinkflation – my latest packet of Redibrek weighs 450g whereas it previously weighed 500g, the price remained the same or might have been slightly higher.

  4. May 26, 2015 at 10:15 am

    Thank you, James, for the mention — much appreciated!

    These people think they know better than the rest of us, and that goes for ordinary folk, too. Several years ago, I worked with someone who fully supported the NYC ban on trans-fats: ‘Those who eat them need to be told what to do. They cannot help that they are ignorant. Someone must guide them, and if that’s by law, so much the better.’

  5. May 26, 2015 at 10:22 am

    Forgot to add two things.

    First, James, I’m sorry to read about the lingering aftermath of your bout with the ‘flu. I hope things get better over time.

    Secondly, what’s worse with all this destructive nutritional manipulation is that we are constantly being told that it is OUR fault we cannot eat properly.

    We’re lazy, stupid, apathetic. In fact, most people would love to eat better. However, a lot of that is out of our control. Even where we can get better food, as has been noted, it’s inconvenient with regard to transport and sometimes unaffordable.

    Yes, there is a certain snobbishness about farmers’ markets these days. Only the well-heeled can afford them. They then look down on anyone who cannot.

  6. May 26, 2015 at 10:38 am

    Thanks, Cm. Key word, JinC, seems to me, is “pack”, as in someone’s been at your food first. Who knows what went in there?

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