American food policy has resulted in increasing rates of obesity, particularly among lower-class, minority populations.
"My father swears by this, he said back in the day, poor people were skinny, now poor people are obese," said Dr. Rani Whitfield of Family Practice and Sports Medicine.
In of one of the very few black neighborhoods in the suburbs of Northern Virginia, nearly everything on the shelves is made with genetically modified products. You can literally pick up anything and see the same genetically modified ingredients like “high fructose corn syrup.”
In a higher income neighborhood, outside Whole Foods, an organic supermarket, customers blanched at the thought of buying genetically modified products.
“It doesn't look healthy," said one shopper.
“I can't read half the ingredients on that thing and if I can't read it, I won't eat it," said another.
At the introduction of her Let’s Move campaign to reduce obesity, First Lady Michelle Obama said:“Between what’s in our food and how much we eat, Americans now consume more calories, fat and sugar today than ever before.”
“This is a bill designed for the corporate government monopolies and considering the economic situation right now it’s totally absurd,” said Hemminger.
The bill further bans individuals from removing, cleaning and storing seeds, which would essentially end private and local farms.
In the current market a large number of private and small farms have been formed, people growing their own food and selling the surplus to friend and neighbors. The bill would target these individuals by regulating them out of existence.
“This is just one in many steps our government has taken to partner with big large corporations. I mean, this is a sense this is fascism, this is corporatism, it is leading to the destruction of our economy,” said Hemminger.
He argued that eventually the people are going to have to rise up and take the politicians out of office to stop the government from creating such laws and regulation.
“Growing your own food should be as natural as eating your own food” said Hemminger.
Corporate interests control the food and agricultural supply, which dominates the way American eat. Until that changes health will not change.
“We should have diversification of the food supply, not centralization of it,” added Hemminger.