Healthy Food Crisis

Canada
July 20, 2010 4:54pm CST
I am sitting here shaking my head right now and trying to figure this out and I can't quite seem to wrap my head around it. Why is it that foods that are drenched in saturated fats and full of empty calories and are generally not good for you priced at a lot less than healthy food. With a society where obesity is on the rise shouldn't it be the other way around shouldn't we be able to access fruits and vegetables, and whole grained foods at a more affordable price than junk food? Why do you think that this is occuring... and if they government wants to take a stand on the rising obesity epidemic why aren't they doing anything about it?
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@dawnald (84155)
• Shingle Springs, California
20 Jul 10
The theory is that the food, pharmaceutical, oil, medical, etc. industries all want you to be fat and unhealthy so that you will purchase more of their products.
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@webzap (885)
• Philippines
20 Jul 10
Sensible. It is just like that if you don't throw your excess garbage in time like urine from your system, the doctors will be very happy because later on, they have a potential patient in you.
@cedythra (196)
• Finland
21 Jul 10
i like your answer and i have to agree. greedy...
@Angelgirl16 (2177)
• United States
21 Jul 10
Hi LoveLeightest, I hate to say, but it is all about the politics of making money, not about the health of our nation's millions of obese children and its other citizens who can choose what they eat. It does seem to be contradictive, that the healthy foods caused the most, when all you hear is eat healthier and you will live longer, but the health foods are priced out of the range that most of our society can afford. If you eat heathy foods, and never have to go to the doctor because of diseases like cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, etc, then where would the doctors and the researchers get their funds? Everyone is well. It is true all about politics of money an fleecing the poor people.
@Elixiress (3893)
21 Jul 10
It is simple, it costs a lot less to make unhealthy food than it does to make healthy foods therefore when retail shops add on their profit margin, unhealthy foods still come out cheaper than healthy ones. Personally, I think it would be unfair to raise the price of unhealthy foods just so that healthy foods are cheaper in comparison. I doubt the Government can do anything about the price of healthy foods due to the costs involved in making them, other than giving the supermarkets money to cover the cost of lowering their profit margin, which in the current climate with Government debt being so massive is not a great idea.
@magtibaygom (4865)
• Philippines
21 Jul 10
It's simple. Just like any other high quality products out there, the higher the quality means the higher the price. Healthy foods are higher in quality than junk foods, that's why they're priced higher. Just like when you buy a cellphone. If you buy a China-made cellphone, the price is lower than Finland-made cellphones. It's the same with food. Plus, because of advancement in technology, I have heard it is now easier to produce junk foods than high quality organically grown foods.
@webzap (885)
• Philippines
20 Jul 10
Yeah you are right and I wonder why. I guess it is because every item that they use in preparing these foods are taxable and the government need as much tax they can get from anything and everybody. And this contributed to the bloating of prices of these food items.
• United States
20 Jul 10
Sadly, the government subsidizes the bad for you foods and doesn't subsidize the good for you foods. That is why there is such a rotten price gap.