Originally Posted by draconian
I do not believe you can substitute pills and powders for fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
Why not? Is there something magical about them? Would the cells in my body be prejudiced against an identical nutrient coming from a pill then from an apple? Look, I did not say that people should be forced to eat that way, but I would like the option as I am a bit of a workaholic and love it that way. I find eating to be a pain in the ass and often I end up spilling part of whatever I am eating onto the pages of whatever I am reading at the same time. I view it as no more than a neccessary biological process such as breathing. I manage to breath without noticing it and find no negative consequences from such, so the thought of making eating less and less noticeable and intrusive into my life is something that I look forward to. Sure on holidays and whatever getting together with family and friends for a big meal would be fine, but day to day, forget it. And lets be honest a whole pile of people due to lack of time eat a bunch of fast food, so substituting that for specially formulated pills would be a huge step forward. Those who want to spent 10 or 20% of their waking hours preparing and consuming food would still be free to do so, but I have a million things I would rather be doing with my time. In the timeline of our species we have moved towards less and less of our time going towards obtaining, preparing and consuming food, and used that newly free time for other things. I look forward to that continuing.
We have more "health food" on the market than ever before. Are people (as a whole) healthier? No.
Exactly, and that why the life expectancy continues on a downward spiral....oh wait it continues to rise...never mind.
We have more GMO, more chemicals, more additives, more science but are people healthier today than they were 100 years ago? No.
I guess there is no sense (edited from "since") arguing. You are right. The reason why people are living twice as long as they were 100 years ago is because they were so much healthier back then.
People are getting fatter,
Perhaps due to a dramatic decrease in exercise - a choice they make for themselves. But, if you want to blame it on GMOs go right ahead.
cancer is on the rise,
I have two cancer biology textbooks sitting in front of me. If you remove lung and bronchus cancers (both of which are almost always caused by smoking) from the equation than age-adjusted cancer mortality rates for Americans have been falling since the mid 1940s for both men and women. Incidence of cancer is much harder to measure because we have much better methods of detection and often detect cancer that would never impact someone in their life-time. If you really want to avoid cancer than do what people did many years ago: die early of something else like say smallpox.
heart disease is on the rise,
According to the latest stastistics I have read (from the heart and stroke foundation of Canada), heart-disease mortality rates have fallen by more than half when standardized for age over the previous 30 years for both men and women. That sucks.
everything BAD is on the rise despite enormous scientific "fixing" of our food.
You can choose to believe what ever you want, but what you state is a complete odds with reality. It is no different than when social conservatives hold the fantasy mythology that in the past the family unit was perfect, like was the Waltons, and now it is in shambles due to homosexuals and feminists, when in reality they exaggerate the problems today and don't notice the problems of the past. GMOs are your version of homosexuals and feminists.