The primary reason why so many consumers are chronically ill and susceptible to a virus like SARS-CoV-2 is that Big Food and Big Ag in the U.S. (and across the world) basically produce—and in fact are subsidized by governments to produce—what can only be described as junk food commodities. These junk foods and beverages, which make-up 60 percent or more of the calories in the typical American diet, are highly-processed, sugar and carb-laden, laced with pesticide, antibiotic and chemical residues. In toxic combination with the typical American’s overconsumption of factory-farmed meat and animal products, U.S. junk food diets are a literal prescription for chronic disease and premature death.
While acknowledging that we have to stop the reckless military/scientific genetic engineering that brought on this pandemic and global economic meltdown, media censorship and suspension of fundamental democratic rights, we also need to defend ourselves and our families by practicing common sense (stay home if you feel sick), and “focused protection” and “focused social distancing,” from those at extreme risk.
But we also must change our diets, clean up the environment, offer early paid retirement to those front line elderly workers most at risk and collectively move away from the industrialized, degenerate food and farming system that sets up people for premature death and hospitalization from COVID-19.