(Health Secrets) Early Americana is remembered in part for its legacy of homesteading and family farming where families grew their own fruits and vegetables, raised their own animals for food, and traded their goods locally with neighbors. Today’s American landscape has changed dramatically; a mere 1-2 percent of all consumed food is locally grown today, and over 90 percent of it has been processed. Experts believe this modern food system is directly responsible for the obesity epidemic, and they say that a shift back to locally-grown food would help remedy this cause of obesity and improve public health.
Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) collected data from a myriad of data sources to analyze the cause of obesity. Upon review, they concluded that the large-scale food system of today has resulted in a glut of readily-available, highly-processed, and typically genetically-modified (GM) foods that are rich in refined flours, sugars, and bad fats, and devoid of many necessary nutrients,vitamins and minerals.