A while back I wrote a critique about a “hit” movie called “Forks Over Knives.” Since then, I have changed my stance a bit on nutrition – I now follow the creed “Just Eat Real Food,” or “JERF” for short. Every so often I get an amusing comment to the post. Today I’d like to share one with you, and my response. It is Fight Back Friday rant day after all!
Citizens Win wrote –
@ Jason Sandeman: Don’t have a heart attack but the nation’s poor do not have Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s, they have KFC and Burger King.
The film coupled with Michael Moore’s Sicko is plenty enough indictment of the unintended consequences of the farm subsidy bill and the health care industry. You are in plain denial or worse, a paid shill for the dairy or beef council. To rant and rave against simpler food choices that have helped people live longer is like saying that smoking cigarettes doesn’t matter because we are all going to die anyway. Your argument falls as flat as a little brat who refuses to eat his vegetables.
This 90 minute film deserves to be seen by every American.
So don’t let Jason’s bias discourage you. Watch the film and make your own mind up. Just the fact that that the filmmaker dramatically altered his vital numbers speaks volumes.
Ah, irony at it’s best. Let me break down this argument into it’s pieces…
The Poor People Choice’s Are Limited Card
Trader Joes and Whole Foods are nothing more than supermarkets cashing in on the “organic” or “Whole Foods” bandwagon. What do the “poor” people have access to that the rich do as well? That’s easy enough, even for you:
Community Supported Agriculture. A “poor” person doesn’t need to cash their whole paycheck for a grocery bill. Check out Local Harvest and get involved today. In the end, it ends up costing less than buying processed crap from Kentucky Fried Chicken. Think about it for a second… One “Egg McMuffin” meal can get you 12 eggs, perhaps even free-range. Add in the English Muffin, a toaster. Wow. Nick has great ideas on breakfast sandwiches at Macheesmo’s.
But You’re A Paranoid Schitzo Paid By [insert council here]
I’m not a paranoid guy, nor am I paid by any council. I just call things like I see it. This film is a thinly veiled attempt to further the farm subsidy bill that you decry. Think on it for a second – if we eliminate animal products from our diet, what is left?
Plant products – particularly soy, corn, and wheat. (Add quinoa to that list, as it’s an up and coming grain as well.)
These items are ALREADY subsidized by the government, therefore are CHEAP to produce. Where does that leave us? Soy products, wheat products, and corn products are already heavily used in processed foods. Without meat, we have no choice but to turn to more manufactured products. Which in turn leads us right back to… Wheat, corn, and soy.
So, what happens when you heavily subsidize a monocrop? How about the environment? What about all the pesticides, rodenticides, and herbicides used in the production of those monocrops? Add in the synthetic fertilizer (that is made from fossil fuels!) and what do we get?
Jason is Like a Brat That Won’t Eat Healthy Or Hiz Veggies!
What I am suggesting is people choose their foods based on traditions, not data or dogma. (Paleo, Low Carb, Vegan, Whatever!) Yes, that means eating your vegetables as they are produced – not counting the “vegetable chips” as a vegetable. I advocate common sense.
Prepare food, don’t buy it prepared. Tomato sauce is stupid easy to make, once you know how. Why buy canned (or bottled stuff) that is full of preservatives, “enhancers” and subsidized crops? If you want to know how, I can show you, or point you where there are great instructions to do so!
But He Dramatically Altered Hiz Numberz!
Listen – I’m not saying that the VEGAN lifestyle is wrong. (Okay, maybe I think that!) but to each their own. My problem with the movie is that they present it as the RIGHT choice, the ONLY choice by cherry picking their data, ignoring the elephant in the room, (cough – monocropping!) and portraying the “poor” as ignorant people that need saving.
I Don’t Care About Nutrition
That is not what this blog is about anymore. To each their own. I am here to teach how to cook – not lead someone down the right path.