Healthy food is not easy to prepare, does not have a very long shelf life, and is more expensive than cheaper canned and mass produced “food” that contains fillers and other ingredients that return adequate profits, facilitate transportation, refrigeration, and distribution.
America’s food consumption and health connection problem goes well beyond socioeconomic issues of lack of cash and proximity and access to healthy food. Our society’s economy produces commodities and commodities are distributed based on market forces of supply and demand. Supply and demand pressures have thus far overpowered the traditional forces on the side of promoting community health. The loosing forces are:
- Social do-gooders
- Public health officials
- Conscientious parents
- Suburban focused and lead prevention efforts
In short, economic forces have thus far trumped social ideas and groups aiming to undo what are basically the macro and micro consequences of food production and distribution.
Any successful efforts in this area will have to have for-profit corporations at the table with philanthropy and government officials providing public policy leadership and incentives that appeal to corporate America’s economic interests and social responsibility (good corporate citizen) commitments.