U.S. Ranks First in Healthcare Spending – Last in Life Expectancy
A panel of experts initiated by the National Institutes of Health and consisting of members from the National Research Council (NRC) and the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released a report recently entitled U.S. Health in International Perspective: Shorter Lives, Poorer Health. The panel compared “health outcomes” with those of 16 comparable high-income or “peer”countries: Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. Since you probably helped pay for this study via your tax dollars, you should know what this panel, called “The Panel on Understanding Cross-National Health Differences Among High-Income Countries,” found as a result of their study:
The GMO Debate
Genetically modified foods have only been around since the 1990s, and we have yet to see what their long-term effects are on human health. The companies that produce GMO foods have tremendous political clout, with more lobbyists per person in Congress than any other trade sector.
Polls have shown that Americans are concerned about eating GMO foods, and yet the United States is one of the few countries that does NOT require GMO food to be labeled. Therefore Americans are eating far more GMO foods than citizens of other countries who have a choice due to labeling laws. Some countries have an outright ban on GMO foods altogether!
Since GMO seeds are patented, research done on their safety is almost all done by the same companies that produce them, due to patent laws. Those who are anti-GMO are ridiculed as being “unscientific,” but the question really is: Where is the science that shows these new foods in the food chain are not harmful?
If you think the gov't required testing is faulty, you should contact them with your recommendations. We could change around our model and have gov't do the testing, at the taxpayer expense....that could be an option. Careful what you wish for.
And if you want to test the seeds, you can I suspect.
Sally, you're not implying that the panel made any connection between the health and longevity findings and GMOs are you? There was qutie a laundry list of things that the panel thought were likely contributors to the disparity between the U.S. and other "peer countries", but GMOs wasn't included. So, what's your point about the study?
Today’s Kids Have a Lower Life Expectancy Than Their Parents
For the first time in modern history, today’s children look forward to a shorter lifespan than their parents.*
In a The High Cost of Cheap Food, Megan Nix, editor of DiningOut Magazine, connects the dots between Gentically Modified Foods (GMOs), the epidemic of obesity, the crisis of poverty, the rise of diabetes, farm-to-table initiatives, and the role of the FDA.