I listen to NPR a LOT. Mostly I hang out there for the food. Yep, you heard me right. Some of the most fascinating food science research I have come across has been from guests/scientists interviewed on NPR. Such was the case today.
Only today was both fascinating and wildly infuriating at the same time. My fellow Kansas drivers must have thought I was having extreme bouts of Turrets (with G-rated language) from my uncontrollable outbursts to nobody at all as I listened to the interview.
The topic was “The Growing Use of Food Additives and New Pressure for More Oversight.” Guys, there is so much I could say about this interview. So much I wish I could shout from the rooftops. I actually sat down to type it out and say it all, but quickly realized that a weeklong seminar would not cover everything I would love to delve into on this topic.
And so I beg you, please listen to this broadcast. Read the transcript. Hear it for yourself.
You will learn about how additives do not have to be approved before they are added to our food, and that if an additive is approved prior to the release of research proving harm, the approval rating often remains unless the public requests it removed. Scary stuff, right?
But as my hubby so diplomatically points out, we cannot blame the government for doing a poor job at what we the citizens refuse to do ourselves. Ultimately we pay the price of the food we eat, therefore we should shoulder responsibility for the content of that food.
When you’re done listening, let me know what stood out most to you!