America just keeps getting fatter and fatter, and politicians keep proposing (imposing) more and more solutions to the problem. Raise taxes on unhealthy foods. Have bureaucrats prepare our lunches. Take away happy meal toys. But what's the real (obvious) solution (that they blatantly ignore)?
by Hannah Brunet
Obesity in America is skyrocketing at levels unseen in history, causing an epidemic in diabetes and heart diseases. Americans are eating less healthy, eating out much more often and are passing on their bad habits to their children. The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index shows that a whopping 63% of us are either overweight or worse, obese.
You'd think an issue with such a simple solution of eating less and exercising more could be easily solved, but it's near impossible when families have to choose a night out at Burger King with a receipt of $1.50 per person against a wholesome “organic” meal, which lacks the convenience and is often double or triple the cost. The choice is easy. Especially for families on a tighter budget. It 's a discouraging and frustrating topic.
Good news America, it's not our fault we're so fat! It's the government's!
Corn subsidies began in 1930 during the Great Depression and were meant to lend aid to struggling farmers at the time. However as we all know, whenever government sticks its nosy nose into where it doesn't belong, no matter how good the intentions, unforeseeable consequences occur. As aid increased for corn subsidies in the 90s, outdoing tobacco subsidies by a factor of 70, corn substitutes in products have strangely began popping up everywhere. Just read the ingredients. Corn became so cheap that manufacturers could not resist taking advantage of it, incorporating it into everything. Unsubsidized or significantly less subsidized products like sugar cane can simply not compete in the face of corn. Sodas, plastics, paper products, paints, batteries, animal food, the list goes on and on. Naturally, the prices of these products dropped as corn is so cheap to obtain. Eating or drinking high fructose corn syrup soda drinks and candies too often are obviously detrimental to the health, but it's so so hard when that soda costs $1.50 with free refills and when that Whopper burger is on the dollar menu. Don't get me wrong, I am in no way getting angry at these industries for producing products using corn. I could blame them, after all they are the ones advertising their commodities and they are the ones putting their sugar dense nutrient void products into pretty, colorful and appealing packages. But that would be completely circumventing the problem. They are simply doing what people have always done, using their surrounding resources to it's maximum potential and making profits in their own self interests. Is a company really going to ignore using corn as a substitute when all of their competing partners will soon outdo them with lower prices and more colorful packages?
Of course, the government gets angry when we get fat off their subsidies and pretend as though it isn't their fault at all. It's our fault really, since we are all so stupid and need the government to provide <a href="http://reason.com/blog/2011/04/12/chicago-school-bans-some-lunch">our children with school lunch meals</a> because their parents pack foods that are considered to be much too unhealthy. I don't know about you, but I feel a person who lives with the child on a daily basis and is aware of their allergies, likes and dislikes of various foods can pack a much better lunch than a bureaucrat sitting in an office can. After all, isn't one of the basic obligations of having a child ,you know... feeding them? If you can't even do that, don't have a kid, period. I always thought that was a given. What I don't get is that the government is taxing us for subsidies on corn, and then using our tax money to pay for these school lunches so that we don't buy the subsidized corn products.
Additionally, the government is looking to raise taxes on sodas repeatedly in hopes of reducing sales of sodas, ending American obesity and saving the entire world from themselves. In reality, the soda tax would be a double tax, as we are paying for it's artificially low prices through corn subsidies and then receiving a penalty for buying it because we like the artificially low price.
Somewhere, some politician is going home with a smug grin on his face because he just convinced a bunch of citizens he'll lower the obesity rate by raising taxes on unhealthy products like sodas and taking away happy meal toys from children, without actually addressing the real problem. If corn subsidies were slashed, so many other problems would mysteriously vanish too. Our food could be healthier, our cattle and poultry meats could be healthier (because of a switch back to feeding them with grass, it would no longer be more expensive than corn) and more food could be available for eating instead of going to animal feedlots are just a few of the many, many issues that politicians propose other “solutions” for, ones that 100% of the time call for more government.
Phoenix Needs a Food Tax. Not! - Mike Renzulli
Arizona Must Compete with Neighboring States for Business - Nick Coons
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Adhoets, on 8/22/2012 at 5:38pm, said:
that the delay with the iPhone 4 release today was baseuce of the reception problems the phones been having I don't really know how delaying launch would sove reception problems, but thats what he seems to think. Personally I think it was a shipping problem. But who knows! Even Vodafone seems to be struggling.(s.ballmer has made 1 comment)
Puput, on 8/23/2012 at 1:29am, said:
wrote:@ Steve:No I did not buy the phone outright. I preahcsud it with the plan, but on the receipt you will see the full price of the phone (outright price), subsidized amount and price of the handset after the subsidy.(Hermes has made 5 comments)Thanks Hermes good stuff!
Diogo, on 8/23/2012 at 1:41am, said:
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Just a couple of pontis Elizabeth: You cited what you called a recent' article in the journal Science, but most in the field would not consider nearly 20 years old particularly recent.It seems that the speculation of your closing comments is what has ultimately come to pass; that is, modern production EV's such as those from Tesla, Nissan, and Ford all utilize lithium-ion batteries as the primary source of energy for vehicle propulsion. I'm no expert on the technical issues, but I do not think lead pollution would be a relevant issue any longer regarding EV production (at least not any more so than conventional vehicles, which all similarly use lead-acid batts to power auxiliary systems [besides starting the motor]).MT
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Rania, on 8/23/2012 at 12:04pm, said:
Clara .I know how you feel .but don't give up!! It does take time. There are a lot of foods you can eat that are in your regular grorecy store. Double check .but I believe Chi Chi's has a corn bread mix that is gf.and it is pretty cheap. Do you have the grorecy guide? It is a HUGE help. I find more and more things in there. It really saved me on knowing what I can eat. I too was very depressed when I found out but when you have the guide you see how much you really can eat. Good Luck and stick with the gluten free diet!!
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Cliquersz, on 8/24/2012 at 8:45pm, said:
, I will have to disagree with you on #3 to an exntet. If you are talking about direct payments, which are 28 cents a bushel, if I remember correctly, if they have thin enough margins where that is making up most of their gross profit, they are doing it wrong (speaking as someone that deals with a few row crop farmers). On the other hand, they do get substantial benefits that are very hard to place value upon, such as: lower property taxes (in this state, the annual rate is anywhere from $7-$28 per acre depending on the productive index of the land; however on the flip side, the cost to get the land is very large, from a renting or purchasing standpoint) and federally backed crop insurance (which not everyone purchases).It also doesn't hurt that the government has mandated a certain amount of biofuel production for the nation (mostly ethanol), which I thought consumed a fair amount of the corn supply. Of course, using chemicals destroys the long term fertility of the soil, which in turn creates a system where the farmers have to keep on using them to maintain production, which creates other problems.But, any way you slice it, farming is a very capital intensive business and huge risks that come from producing a commodity crop.
Ecrin, on 8/24/2012 at 8:52pm, said:
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Siniya, on 8/24/2012 at 9:21pm, said:
B-KingCorn was good. I did see Fathead. Ithought it had some good info., but I thought the main dude was a bit corny at times. Fat head is baillacsy a summary of info in Gary Taubes' Why We Get Fat, and What To Do About It. Its a great book alongwith his 1st Good Calories, Bad Calories.
Rendy, on 8/24/2012 at 9:34pm, said:
Milk subsidies dneeiitfly should be eliminated. (Although I agree the whole program should be scrapped.) These subsidies, if I remember correctly, were started around the Depression, back when there was not a good cold chain for distributing milk from places where it is cheap and easy to produce (Wisconsin) to places where it is expensive to produce (say, New Mexico). The subsidy encouraged farmers in non-dairy states to produce milk even though the land was not suited to it by jacking up the price. The farmgate price (the price on which the subsidy is based) is based on the milk price in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, which is about 60 miles from the dairy farm my grandfather had. The closer you are to Eau Claire, the less money you get. (Not that my grandfather would have taken a subsidy we are not big on government assistance in our family.)There is no reason for the milk subsidy these days. It is fairly inexpensive to transport cold items long distances now. If you can get Ben & Jerry's ice cream made in Vermont in California, then you should be able to get Wisconsin milk in Florida. The taxpayers should not have to subsidize Dean's.
Denilson, on 8/24/2012 at 9:39pm, said:
I agree Erik, although we shulod still maintain a regime of sensible credit to avoid another sub-prime situation.But you are right, interest rates are pretty high here compared to other areas of Europe, and when it comes to a small loan, you may as well put it on the credit card, it will be cheaper.Lowering these interest rates and perhaps a stamp duty waiver would help provide some boost to the housing market.
Islanda, on 8/24/2012 at 9:45pm, said:
I'm not convinced that plug-ins are the next step at this point and thus might be a mkisate for the country to try to pick technological winners and losers .but I agree.. we've backed ourselves int a corner now with the only acceptable solution to a lot of people is the status-quo of cheap fuel and any other solution that means more expense is not going to happen unless we are forced kicking and screaming away from the status-quo.Least of all, can the Feds ESPECIALLY with a perceived liberal as President are they going to push very far without the right wing and right-leaning independents going high-order.I have a theory ( which are like butts, we all have them) that the auto companies themselves are not sure which direction technology is headed and if they commit too much in a particular direction and technology break-throughs occur in a direction different than they invested in they were be financially stranded and unable to easily switch to a different direction.so I think the auto companies are hesitant about where to go next and that means to me even more reason for the govt to stay out of it.that's my story and I'm sticking to it.
Vinod, on 8/24/2012 at 9:59pm, said:
I might go with @rick.ku's plan. I have work from 5pm til early morning toroomrw so I won't have time to go on the Apple online store tonight. Does anyone know which Vodafone store will sell them in Auckland?(chris0326 has made 21 comments)
Liliez, on 8/24/2012 at 10:00pm, said:
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Larissa, on 9/26/2012 at 8:00pm, said:
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Kolonel, on 9/26/2012 at 9:42pm, said:
Sra. Laylita you are amazing! I lived in Loja, Ecuador for over 5 yrs. How I loegnd for these recipes! These are wonderful! And the fact that you do them in Spanish & English is fantastic! You should really write a cookbook and publish it both here and there! My suegra (mother in law) is there and I have cooked with her numerous times so I know that your recipes are perfectly authentic and yet you have managed to write them in such a way that they can be adapted for cooking here substituting ingredients that are available in the U.S. As I am sure you know there are many Ecuadorians in NY, NJ, Chicago, LA & CT who I think would love to know about the substitutions you have discovered that work. My 9 yr. old son & I have been longing for humas here and I thank you so much for this and all the other recipes you have shared here. It is fantastic the way you have posted the photos demonstrating how to make everything step by step! Can't tell you how fabulous I think your recipes are. Thanks again Patty
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Hanna, on 9/27/2012 at 3:36am, said:
a1Hola, Layla!I made these for Thanksgiving this year (I don't think I'll do that with all the other things I had to cook at the same time again!) and they were amnaizg. I made half sweet (half the onion, no garlic and not stuffed with cheese) to have with honey the way we did in my house as a kid, and the other half savory. I used fresh mozarella. I had more difficulty than I'd expected wrapping them the husks were all small and by the time I'd layered enough of them to make a little package there weren't enough left for all the batter. I ended up lining dishes with the pieces of husk that were left and baking them in a water bath in the oven while the humitas steamed on the stove. I was so excited when the wonderful familiar smell filled my kitchen, and it felt like a magical moment when we unwrapped the first one. I looked at my friend and said, Look! I made HOME! Thank you so much for making that experience possible it's now one of my favorite holiday memories.
Jennifer, on 9/27/2012 at 5:16am, said:
me enkanto esta reetca, muchas gracias. las cocine el fin de semana con mis 2 pekanas de asistente ellas las amarraron y me salieron unas 30 humitas (como ellas le llaman jumitas )las pienso hacer muy pronto otra ves, ayer me comi las ultimas 2, pues fueron un gran excito, primero para mi recordar mi mamita y abuelita ke ya no estan en este mundo y como ellas hacian las disfrute con un cafe negro ( ke nunca lo tomo asi) segundo para mi marido ke jamas a regresado a nuestro pais en 30 anos. y para mis hijas primera ves ke prueban, les enKanto!!usare la misma reetca pero agregare cebolla larga, osea con el rabito verde, en mi mente fotografica asi las recuerdo cuando mi abuela las hacia los pedacitos de cebolla verde, yumi!!! gracia un millon
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Camy, on 9/27/2012 at 10:03am, said:
Rosa, Lydia, Paz, Marc, Alexandra, Lore, Sandy, JS Thank you for the nice comments, dinifetely give them a try, humitas are so good, you will become addicted.Naty My mom used to do the same thing, I love the smell of an humita in the frying pan.Jessica Thank you for being so patient!Katy Everything you made looks so yummy! Pia I've been there with the disastrous results, but try them again, it is worth it.Patty Thank you for your comments, I'm happy that you find the recipes and photos useful.Paulina The blender should work fine, you might start out working in smaller batches to keep it from getting all clogged (that always happens to me when I use the blender).
Albert, on 9/27/2012 at 10:06am, said:
This was so easy to make. My husband is from Quito and when my in laws come we alawys have them bring humitas for us. Its my favorite thing. I have been determined to learn how to make them because i love to cook . My in laws surprised us and came here a few weeks ago and they brought us Queso Fresco from there . So i was like extra determined. We made fanesca and I found your site shortly after and made even better use of the Queso freso with Humitas. My Mother in law was very impressed with the recipe. Thank you so much for this site because it converts the ingredients to ones I can find here so I can make my husband the food he loves.
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Kenedy, on 9/28/2012 at 9:29pm, said:
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Chuki, on 9/28/2012 at 10:29pm, said:
How beautiful your step by step piteurcs. honestly wish I could achieve something like this.Did you know Humitas are very popular in Chile as well? Typical summer food, but here we have them as either lunch or dinner. Some people like them with sugar and other have them with Chilean Tomato salad (Tomato, onions and cilantro). Just a fact to add to everyone's head data base of random food facts. Cheers!
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I was looking for a rcpiee for Chumales on your site, but I think your humitas are the same thing my daughter's family in Cuenca calls chumales! Am I right? Love these! I had them last year when I visited. The tamales and chumales I had in Cuenca on this visit were wrapped in achira leaves rather than corn husks. Personally I prefer the corn husks. The achira leaves left a flavor that I was not fond of but then, I'm a gringa, so what do I know?
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