Americans are spending less now on food, in proportion to their income, than fifty years ago. Americans currently spend less on food than other Western industrialized countries. Meanwhile, Americans spend plenty on electronics, cars, clothes and entertainment in ways we did not fifty years ago. Priorities have shifted, guided and manipulated by government food policies. At the same time, even though overall life expectancy may have risen, we're dragging ourselves through old age on prescription drug cocktails and expensive medical procedures.
Most of the civilization diseases, as they are called, originate in poor diet. Most can be healed, or at least ameliorated considerably, with a good diet - less sugar, less meat, more produce in a nutshell.
Why not shift our priorities to valuing what we put into our bodies and paying the price for it? Wouldn't you get upset if your new expensive flat-screen TV was made of thin and flimsy material and stopped working after a year? The same goes for the quality of your food, except for this time it's not your flat-screen TV that breaks down but your body.
Food is what either builds or destroys your health, good food is what promotes your body's innate ability to self-heal by repairing its cells and returning them to their original state of perfect health. Aging does not have to mean spending a quarter of your life in decline, but you have to be clear on your priorities. My car is eleven years old and I have no plans of getting a new one.