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Some of my food rules...
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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 2nd, 2010 05:46 pm (UTC) (Link)


From what I've seen, many people don't cook anymore. They buy convenience foods that are heated or just mixed and heated. I do some of that, but well, I know too much about some of the bad things in food. There are a lot of words on labels that make me put things back on the shelf.

I think a main threshold was crossed in the 1940s when manufacturers started trying to make foods that could be prepared very quickly, because the war really ate into everyone's time and energy. Over the years, more and more convenience foods were introduced, along with forms of entertainment such as television and video games that devour time by the hours. At the same time, we were flushing away our extended families, and now we're losing even nuclear families. There is less opportunity for people to learn how to cook, less time for them to cook, and fewer people to eat with. (Cooking for just 1-2 people is harder.) Then as the corporations gained more power, they were able to FORCE people to buy stuff they don't want by manipulating label requirements so you can't tell which foods have the thing(s) you wish to avoid. So those are all factors.
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