food additives

High Fructose Corn Syrup: If This Doesn't Convince You, Nothing Will

Let's start at the beginning - what is High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)? Sugar as we know it traditionally came from sugar cane and later from sugar beets. HFCS was developed from corn in the late 1950s, refined for industrial production in the 1970s, and introduced into many processed foods from 1975-1985 - a big dietary and nutritional change that went largely unnoticed over the past 35 years.

Sustainable Pet Food: It's the Cat's Meow

Animals' diets are often linked to health problems, and just like their human equivalent, the production of the vast majority of pet food also contributes to an unsustainable food system. Here, we dig up dirt on industrial pet food and provide alternative options.

Food Fright!

If your biggest worry is getting circus peanuts or conventional apples in your trick-or-treat bag tonight, hold on to your hat, because there are a LOT scarier food issues these days. Here's a roundup of the most frightening.

Breakfast or Dessert? How Much Sugar Is In Your Kid's Cereal?

According to a new report by the Environmental Working Group, an assessment of 84 popular children's breakfast cereals revealed that only one in four meets the voluntary dietary guidelines proposed by the federal Interagency Working Group on Food Marketed to Children.

The People vs. The Pizza Lobby

A few weeks ago Congress dismissed the USDA's healthy school lunch reform proposals and decided to count pizza sauce as a vegetable. Sound ridiculous? It is.

Additives

Americans spend about ninety percent of their food budget on processed foods, which, unlike whole foods, have been treated, stripped, altered, or refined in some way after being harvested or butchered. Almost all of these processed foods contain additives, substances intended to change the food in some way before it is sold to consumers.

On Food and Pharmaceuticals

The impacts of industrial agriculture are a regular topic of discussion here on Ecocentric, but we've never delved into the complex relationship and alarming connections between our drug industry and our food industry, so we decided to take a look.

Hormones

Industrial livestock producers administer hormones to beef cattle and dairy cows in order to promote rapid growth and increased milk production. Learn about the impacts.

Water Quality

Industrial agriculture is among the leading sources of water pollution in the United States today.

Additives

Americans spend about ninety percent of their food budget on processed foods, which, unlike whole foods, have been treated in some way after being harvested or butchered. Almost all of these processed foods contain additives, substances intended to change the food in some way before it is sold to consumers.

How Industrial Food Impacts Your Health

Before industrial agriculture and CAFOs, before processed foods and TV dinners - people ate real food. But now industrial agriculture has taken over our food supply. Do you know how it is impacting your health?

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