A member group of the World Economic Forum has recently suggested that the world requires a great “metabolic reset.” The group says the world needs “fundamental and structural changes in the way we engineer foods,” with a focus on gut, brain and liver health. Moving away from processed foods and sourcing locally-grown produce is something Mad Christians can agree to. But as with most things the folks at Davos propose, it is a top-down approach with international elites assuming they can solve all the problems if they just have more control.
The targets set by WEF action groups call for a “50% worldwide cut in red meat and sugar consumption and a doubling of the consumption of nuts, fruits, vegetables, and legumes between 2020 and 2050.” There is also a lot of enthusiasm for “personalized nutrition,” with tech companies lining up to develop apps and algorithms to “identify what people should eat and avoid, and keep track of what is in their cupboards, refrigerators, and online shopping carts.” I’m sorry, Dave, I’m afraid you can’t eat that.
Critics of the plan say that it only stands to benefit Big Food and multinational companies, not people, nor the poor.
While we’re talking about diet, Pinterest has banned weightloss and diet ads as well as “weight-loss language or imagery, testimonials about weight loss, and references to body mass index, or BMI, among other content” from its platform. CBS says it is part of the “broader body-positivity movement” which accepts “people of all sizes.”
Several outlets have reported that grocery stores are stockpiling food and cleaning supplies in “anticipation of rising prices and demand.”
An interesting article from Vox faces up to our habit of throwing out a lot of food and how expirations dates are not an exact science.
Finally, a new study suggests there is a link between sugary drinks and colon cancer in young adults.