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?