( May. 13th, 2008 10:00 pm)
During WWII, the Jews in the Warsaw ghetto were allotted a caloric intake of about 650-800 per day. In the concentration camps, the inmates were lucky if they received 600 calories a day. The food was supplemented with nutritional wonders like saw dust and air. Malnutrition was an understatement and along with it came a weaken immune system and rampant disease. Controlling the food of the ghettos and the concentration camps was one of the main strategies the Nazis used to squash any attempt at a revolt. While it wasn’t always successful, for the most part it worked effectively.

What made me think of this today was the organic apple I had in my lunch. I bit into this apple and experienced a strange sort of ecstasy, the kind which fruit doesn’t usually invoke. But there I was all amazed. It was the best apple I had in all my life, swear to God. It would be a tad over the top to say it was orgasmic, but you know, it was good.

I heard on Nightline the other night that you have to eat three regular apples today to get the nutritional value of your average 1945 apple. Same caloric intake, just less nutrients. The advice was to eat organic if you wanted to remain healthy even if you have to sell a few of your kids into slavery to eat that way. It’s better for you and you’ll thank us. It taste better too, see above paragraph.

Maybe. But I have to wonder why we’re in this predicament today. Why do we have to pay more to get food that up until the last one hundred years was just how it was grown? It’s too expensive? We did it for 10,000 years before the industrial revolution and it seemed to work pretty well. Certainly industrializing the process helped to alleviate food shortages in times of drought and famine, but somewhere in the mechanization and pursuit of cost effectiveness our food became anemic and arguably poisonous to us.

Since the industrialization and processing of our food we’ve seen an exponential rise in diabetes, obesity, cancer, heart disease, stroke – we’re a lot sicker today than we ever have been. We live longer, but with far more health problems, making us a virtual goldmine for an out of control healthcare industry that gouges the people of whatever they have left over after they buy their groceries. I’m joking, of course. Most people pay far more in medical bills than their food budget.

The Nazis controlled the ghettos and concentration camps by limiting the caloric intake to well below the minimum to maintain health. Americans have a caloric intake well above the maximum to maintain health, but without the nutrients to go along with those calories. It makes us fat, lethargic and sick. But because we have more of it and we don’t feel the hunger pangs, we’re not questioning the food much. We started to over the past couple of years, but with the rise in food prices, that’s come to a halt. We can’t afford to get inquisitive about it anymore. We’re too tired and over burdened to do much of anything but go to work, do our job, surf the internet, watch The Bachelor and go to bed.

It’s a great way to control a populace so that they really don’t care what’s going on in the country. I’m not saying that this is a grand conspiracy and equating the government to Nazis. I don’t really think the government or corporations really understood what was happening to the food supply when it started the processing and industrialization of the food industry. But I do believe midway through the process they knew our food was being stripped of its worth. I think they knew things like margarine and Oreos were not actually food and that KFC really wasn’t a health food product even if eaten in moderation. I think there was an inkling as to why diabetes surged over 1000 percent from the turn of the 20th century to the 1930s. It’s hard to believe that we just found out in the last 10 years that refined sugars and flours caused a spike in the amount of kids and adults with ADD and ADHD.

If it began by a mistake, greed made it continue. The side effects are advantageous if you want a nation of people that continue to consume and shut the hell up.
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