Just some thought:

I love the song, but the issue is horrific.  “Hungry Cold and Blue”.  As the song implies, we do have many unfortunate people in America who are starving in their homes, many of those homes are cardboard boxes, tents, tarps and Plastic sheeting. 

 Our politicians have wasted valued resources fighting over the parties agenda. (At this time a health plan that will always be in conflict.  Its total intent is to be a platform for future elections).  Mean while little is done to help our impoverished citizens.  

To further the problem, and also increase the burden on our health needs, the very same government has allowed our food supply to be so contaminated that many who are not needy are also starving their selves to death.  Overweight people, whose bodies cannot process the food that they consume.    Many of which really do not over eat.  They simply eat what is convenient for them.  

It is early spring here in the Midwest, and planting season will start.  If all goes well the farmers will raise another record crop of corn this year, as they have done in the past several years.  Soybean and some alfalfa will also be abundant. 

 You would think that if production is so great that we are setting new records every year, food would be at a surplus.  It is not that easy; the corn that is grown in record amounts is not meant to be a food product, nor is it desirable.  Quite frankly it tastes like crap.  Now why is our largest agriculture crop such a bitter pill.  

The primary use of this crop is corn syrup. Yes that’s correct what isn’t used as livestock feed is processed into corn syrup.  Read the ingredients label on almost anything you are eating or feeding your children.  This product is in your food, the cheaper the product the more there is.  The more of it you eat the more you want, you are still hungry as your body is still craving nutrition.  There is none provided by the corn syrup, and your body doesn’t know what to do with the crap.

 It turns to fat, but not the kind of fat that your body can turn to protein; thus starving you to death, or just making sick and deteriorating natural body function.  We call it cancer, diabetes, heart failure, auto immune disease; the list goes on and on.

 As our impoverished who are hungry seek to feed their selves and their families, they are forced by economics to seek the cheapest food possible.  The products that we have available are very convenient, and cheap.  If it were not for the fact that our pet food is one of the bi products of this same source it would be more nutritional than most of the products in the average shopping cart.  

Corn syrup is only the tip of the iceberg; animal feed; dairy cattle, feedlot beef cattle, pigs, turkey, and chickens, are all fed the bulk of the corn that does not make syrup  At first glance this sounds like a good thing.  All things in moderation, some corm in the diet does have benefits.  Too much corn and the problems start to happen, Dairy and feed lot cattle develop all kinds of problems due to the fact that grain is only a supplement to their natural diet, used only to boost protein levels.  Bovine are grazer type animals with a very complex digestive system.  We are boosting milk production at the cost of the cows health, the cow gets to the point that it starts having heath issues it goes to slaughter, the feedlot cow is fattened up to the point that if it is allowed to keep aging, it will require massive amounts of antibiotics and steroids to survive, the resolve is to slaughter the animal earlier to avoid disease.  All of this is in our food chain, and for all of you white meat eaters, I am going to give the pig the highest marks.  Totally because this animal is like the cock roach, the pig will probably outlast us all.  As for turkey or chicken, if you have ever been in a barn with 10,000 or even 20,000 birds…………….I rest my case.  

In our compassion for the victims of poverty, we need not only to figure out how to feed the hungry; we need to acknowledge that we are all becoming hungry.  The food that we produce should provide good healthful nutrition.  Our laws should mandate that we produce a surplus of nutrition, not a bulk of useless sweetener and filler.  Our longevity should be lengthening yet we are dying younger than the generations before us.  It is important to measure the benefit of our so called advancements don’t you think.  By the way we can get there from here…………..JD           


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