I feel that the most important thing people should learn in the modern world is fact finding. Due to technological advances, most humans (especially in the US) are trampled with information. This could be advertisements, interviews, reviews, news articles, magazines, social networking, blogs plus everything else you can think of. The problem is that with this increased stimulation of information, there is also an even greater amount of bad information. Word of mouth accounts, false reports, endorsements, negative feedback, consumer reviews, viral trends, and outright opinionated information that is spun to sound ‘factual.’
As this relates to food and consumer packaged goods, most people do not have a real grasp of what they are eating. Words like low-fat, low-sodium, cholesterol free, trans fats, GMO’s, preservatives, gums, strange long words on the ingredient statement…your opinion of these things may be negative, but how much of your opinionated conclusion is based on fact? How much is based on what some non-expert told you, or what you read in the news, or from an advertisement paid for by the company trying to sell it to you, or a pro/anti group with their own opinion bias?
I am not here to show support, or to give my negative opinion on these topics, but I will say my opinions of things in the food industry are based on facts. In some cases, I do not have factual information, but I will NOT supply a stream of negative information because I assume something is bad. I will stir up the pot with one example, and would love to hear your thoughts on fact finding in the food industry:
There is not enough 3rd party, extended testing done on GMO foods to conclude if it is harmful to the masses. Everyone has their opinion, and yes, some companies that handle to production of GMO products may not be using appropriate methods to make money, but both sides of the good/bad for you argument do not contain enough information for a valid conclusion.