Re: There Is No Debate About
posted at 12/3/2012 5:42 PM EST
In response to WhatDoYouWantNow's comment:
"I agree completely, our society wastes incredible quantities of food. This is just part of what the nannystaet has done to us over the past 40 years."
How on earth do you get to blaming the government for individual's actions? Food is wasted because people don't cook it in time. Food is wasted because people order more than they can eat in a restaurant. Food isn't wasted because government did something to it.
"We've become germophobics to the point were children are not exposed to anything and they never build up their immune systems which is one of the reasons that food allergies have exploded exponentially."
1. The theory isn't restricted to food allergies, but all allergies. It is not entirely proven, just a working theory. Contributors may also include household products and pollution. There are a ton of chemicals that haven't been studied - there just aren't the resources - and tons of new ones.
2. People being germophobes is not government's fault. It's much more the fault of businesses whose fear-mongering commercials tell people that if they don't use Purell every 3 minutes, they're going to get the flu. Hence, you may have noticed, over the last ten years the piles of paper towels next to the door to the office bathroom(s) has been ever-increasing. People use towels to open the door!
But I place most of the fault on the individual. People are too lazy to do any research, and when not they don't seem to understand how to determine the trustworthiness of a given source. If it's on the internet, it's true, for far too many people.
"We've let government freshness dates be the determiners of when food is discarded. If stored properly canned food lasts for many years not just one or two, and god knows that twinkies will last forever not just 7 days."
And again, do a tiny bit of research and you immediately see that government recommendations are designed that way specifically because people have a tendency to say "oh, well, this will probably last longer."
I'm also not entirely sure that very many people at all even read the government warnings....because they're government warnings. How many bother with the nutrition label?
Peanut allergies likely in higher-income families
Publish date: Nov 15, 2012
By: Contemporary Pediatrics
Children from higher-income families are more likely to have peanut allergies than children from families living closer to the poverty threshold, according to a study that compared socioeconomic level to peanut sensitization.
The preliminary findings were presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Annual Scientific Meeting in Anaheim, California.
Researchers examined socioeconomic status and age for an association with peanut sensitization. Using blood-sample data for 8,300 persons aged older than 1 year from the 2005-2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, they found 776 persons with elevated antibodies to peanuts.
When these persons were stratified by age and income level, data showed that children aged 1 to 9 years living in higher-income families had higher rates of peanut allergies compared with children of the same age from families with lower incomes. Peak prevalence of sensitization occurred in children aged 10 to 19 years and declined into middle age.
Researchers theorize that early development of peanut sensitization is related to the cleaner environments found in wealthier homes. Allergists also have supported the “hygiene hypothesis” that living in a clean environment early in life suppresses the immune system’s response to germs and makes a child more sensitive to allergens.
Yes, I do blame the goverment and overzealousness for a lot of things.
Yes and things will last a lot longer; but freshness dates are now confused with expiration dates and tons of food is wasted everyday.