I am an American consumer. With that I believe comes a lot of responsibility for one’s own choices.

Food labels are the consumer’s connection to information about the food they are considering to purchase. Manufacturers attract, and inform our decisions to buy. Some of what appears on the can or box is there by regulations our government sets up, perhaps for consistency or ethics.

The ability to put the label ALL NATURAL or 100% ALL NATURAL has a system of governmental control and regulation. The food must meet a standard of quality, right?

Well the purpose of this blog for the moment is to point out two ingredients that are in our food. Processed food that is. Processed food being labeled ALL NATURAL or 100% ALL NATURAL containing High Fructose Corn Syrup most commonly or sometimes Monosodium Glutamate (MSG).

Arizona “100% All Natural” Green Tea with Honey contains high fructose corn syrup.

Snapple “All Natural” Iced Tea – Lemon Flavor contains high fructose corn syrup.

Why is this permitted? Because the American consumer sits on their collective asses that is being fattened by high fructose corn syrup while companies like ADM convince congress they’ve done the best thing for the people.

High Fructose Corn Syrup is banned in Europe as part of a long list of genetically modified foods made in the US, and Mexico is just beginning to allow the flow of HFCS across its border as part of the NAFTA agreements.

These processed sweeteners and preservatives are made from ‘number 2 field corn’, a massive blend of hybrid and genetically modified corn developed by companies such as Monsanto. No in depth rules for quality except it having a maximum percentage of moisture content.

Until recently soft drinks made in Mexico were still made with sugar … that’s recently begun to change.

It’s past time for citizens to step up and be the checks and balances that this country was supposed to have in place.  Decisions and policies are being made with short term economic gains in mind, quarterly results, and 4-year political terms, not long term health effects of the world’s human beings, or ecological impacts of over fertilizing with petroleum based systems of farming.

Farmers and consumers are having to go ‘beyond organic’ to find food that once was considered simply Natural, or Organic.

What’s next?!?  “Really & Truly Organic, we promise”?