A couple of years ago, I posted a video link to the ABC News documentary, How to Get Fat Without Really Trying. In that video, the late Peter Jennings interviews the president of the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA).
His responses so blithely dismissed the needs of the consumer in favor of the needs of the GMA, which are increased sales without regard to food safety or the negative effects of marketing junk food to kids.
The GMA is one of the largest and most powerful lobbying groups that wields great influence on food policy in Washington, D. C. Most often, not to the benefit of the consumer.
I was totally disgusted by the GMA president in the video. That documentary, along with a few others, was one of the biggest influences for me to quit eating popular brand-name processed food.
If you haven’t seen How to Get Fat… you can access it here. It’s several years old but the message is timeless–especially in light of the news I read today.
My favorite food policy guru, Marion Nestle, via her blog, Food Politics, tells us that many national food manufactures are feeling the pinch of the public demand for better food. I say its about time.
They’re caught between the consumer and the GMA, which opposes anything that would make food safer and more nutritious. In their mind, that translates to “less profitable.”
Professor Nestle tells us that several national food manufacturers have now left the GMA over disagreements on many issues. Some of those companies’ products had been old favorites of mine that I gave up buying after watching the ABC documentary.
I’m happy to hear of their defection from the GMA but it remains to be seen if they change the nutritional profiles of their products.
Here’s Professor Nestle’s report:
I’ve written many times about the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), an organization so locked into the interests of its food-company donors that you can count on it to vehemently oppose every consumer-friendly measure that gets proposed. A couple of weeks ago, Politico’s Helena Bottemiller Evich and Catherine Boudreau wrote what they discovered about the unraveling […]
Wow–the first two weeks of September literally blew right by me!
For us living in the U. S., Labor Day Weekend signals the end of Summer, although the official end is the 22nd, and that’s the date I go by although Labor Day has its influences as well.
For me, Labor Day signifies the beginning of my Fall Quarter: September, October, November. Even as a child, my calendar ran a bit differently than the usual January to December. To me, a year always begins around the Fall Equinox because that’s when I was born.
Several years ago, I started making New Year resolutions on my birthday rather than on January 1. That way, I didn’t feel so bad about starting my “new year” work nine months late. But that’s not the real reason I changed the New Year cycle.
The real reason is that, over the years, I noticed that my energy level was so much more ‘up’ in the Fall than in the middle of Winter. I’m another year older, another year wiser (hopefully!).
But then–I also live in Northeastern Minnesota, about 90 miles south of the Canadian border. Here, Fall means digging in for the Winter and being prepared not to go out too much. To work, home from work. A few trips out for groceries and supplies.
So Fall is a time of wrapping up the Summertime lifestyles and preparing for the Winter ones. Our winters run about six months: October to March. We’re kind of like Scandinavia that way. That’s why so many of them settled in this area in the 1800’s–it reminded them of home.
Those are all reasons why I operate on a seasonal schedule rather than the typical yearly calendar of the Gregorians. It might also explain why I gravitated toward work in sales and marketing after community college. Retail runs on a seasonal year too.
The sad part about that is it means preparing for Fall halfway through Summer. In those days, we used top-most shelving (called a ‘riser’) to put up displays of large items like seasonal yard ornaments or home décor. The year I found myself draping a Halloween spider web on the back side of a Christmas tree was the year I started getting depressed about holidays. Well, not so much the holidays but by the seemingly rapid passing of time from one season to the next. If you work in retail or marketing, you know about this.
So here I had my nice Fall schedule all laid out and ready to plug in right after Labor Day and WTHeck, it’s already the end of the second week. Time flies when you’re not looking.
What about you? Does your New Year run from January to December or do you operate by seasons? If you’ve never thought about it, take some time to do that now. Try to notice the times of year that your energy peaks or falls off.
When you discover your peak season or months, that’s the time to start new behavior or lifestyle change programs–when you’re energy is higher and you feel more positive. But if your season is Winter and that’s when you want to make changes, and you’re able to dodge all the goodies that come with Winter holidays–then please share how you do that in the Sharing Box below:
- S.– September is also Be Kind to Editors and Writers Month. Help me out by leaving a comment in the box on your thoughts on this article or to ask a question.
- P. S. — I’ve been working on ways to change sweet-baking recipes into healthier ones. I’ll be sharing those as I work on a new recipe book, The DIY Nutrition Kitchen.
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