Greenman worked for an fund manager for four and a half years. He researched on agriculture and biofuel during his work there. During that period, he became acquainted with US agriculture and food industry and was dismayed by the prevailing philosophy both in business and regulation. It can be summarized as the following: as long as something generated profits and does not kill conspicuously, it is good to go. Known or unknown negative health implication to the consumers is not manufacturer’s business.
Unfortunately, it seems to be everybody’s business. By many statistics, US is in the middle of a worsening public health crisis. Obesity, diabetes, autism, and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder(ADHD) are rising precipitously, especially among children. One in six US children in 2010 has a developmental disability such as autism, learning disorder or ADHD, according to US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Autism has reached the ratio of 1 in 50 among boys and its exact cause still eludes us. US health care cost jumped to 17.3% of its GDP in 2009, from around 8% in 1978 while US life expectancy increased slightly during the same period. Health insurance premium becomes one of the biggest expenses in many households, either paid by employer or out of own pocket.
After realizing that it is up to myself to determine what is safe and what is toxic, Greenman started to monitor his diet and gather information about the health implication of many products, ingredients and practices in his daily life. This interest survived his departure of his financial job and inspired him to create this blog.
This blog is a result of Greenman’s research and analysis based on information he gathered over the years. It tries to investigate some common stuff around us and explain them in plain English which is easy to understand. It also offers an substantiated opinion on what to do with them, taking into consideration of the forever relevant cost benefit and best alternative analysis. Important quotation will have its source’s url(if available online) listed in a bracket which immediately follows.