“Who controls the food supply controls the people: who controls the energy can control whole continents: who controls money can control the world.” –Henry Kissinger
Where we have a desire to control the population, not one avenue would ever be overlooked.
One of the most prevalent forms of programming in this world is our diet. From birth we are integrated into a seemingly well-structured eating regiment. We are given “expert” advice as to nutrition. We are told what is healthy, what is not, and how frequently we should consume food. We are told what the calorie demands of our bodies are (which can only be derived from some statistical average).
Seldom do we lift the hood of the car. What are we really eating? Why does a cracker require a list of ingredients that reads more like the components of a science experiment rather than a necessary list of ingredients for baking a simple cracker?
The food craving mechanisms of the brain are in response to the body’s needs for nutrients associated with that craving. For example, a craving of leafy greens such as salad or kale could be your body’s need of Folic Acid or a specific vitamin. This system is thrown into disarray when we consider artificial and “natural” flavorings intentionally added to food that confuses the brain into thinking it is consuming what the body needs when the reality is the body is receiving empty calories with zero nutritional value.
This creates a dangerous cycle where non-nutritional foods with heavily artificial flavorings are consumed in mass quantities as these cravings for actual nutrition are never actually satisfied. This can rapidly lead to obesity as the body remains hungry no matter the number of calories consumed.
The driving force behind our diet is not only the economic interests of agricultural farming to the meat industry, but also darker interests such as profits to be made in human health services for a variety of food-related illnesses from diabetes to heart disease.
So, too, is a lethargic, and sickly, population far easier to control and manipulate than a healthy well-informed population.
Diet affects everything that we do. It even affects the way that we think. We would certainly do good to have an awareness of that in a sea of toxic food; however, around the world we have the phenomenon where there is more appeal in the appearance of a smiling clown selling you a hamburger rather than what is in the hamburger itself, such as the case with McDonalds and other fast-food franchises.
Targeted marketing of this kind, especially to children, began in earnest in the United States beginning in the 1960’s. From this, parents could hardly resist the appeal of an easy way to feed their children while maintaining hectic work schedules. From this emerges an interesting correlation. According to the World Health Organization worldwide obesity has nearly tripled since 1975. 41 million children under the age of 5 were overweight or obese in 2016, and over 340 million children and adolescents aged 5-19 were overweight or obese in 2016. In that same year, more than 1.9 billion adults 18 years and older being overweight. Of these over 650 million were obese.
There is always the sly hand of eugenics to consider. Why are healthier alternatives considerably more expensive? Why is there currently an active campaign to misinform consumers when it comes to genetically modified ingredients? Certainly, there is a desire by corporations such as Monsanto (now Bayer) to continue to promote the safety of products to guarantee profits even though the promotion is self-promotion which contradicts third party studies as to the safety of the product.
There is also a desire to deny us an awareness of what we are eating through deceptive practices. This was raised to the level of legislation in the state of California when on November 6th, 2012 an initiative statue that would have required labeling of GMO foods was rejected by voters (known as Proposition 37).
It is fascinating to consider that we are the ultimate authority over what we put in our bodies, yet a ballet measure was rejected that was intended to inform the population on what we are indeed putting in our bodies.
It is ultimately us who cedes our authority and the control of our diets in lure of the wonderful accommodations of fast-foods and dining out that allows us to live our hectic and frantic lifestyles, but at what cost?