Whistleblowers not only play a critical role in keeping our food safe, but also in reporting health consequences associated with corporate agriculture and food consumption. Food whistleblowers are citizen activists, private workers, or public employees who expose hidden toxins and health risks, or speak out against the practices of food industries that promote starvation, obesity, and disease.
Whistleblowers can also expose hidden toxins and health risks associated with food refuse that ultimately contaminates the soil and streams from which our food is derived.
Whistleblowers help to expose the looming public health consequences associated with food consumption. Current patterns of consumption, or lack thereof, are directly related to today’s farming models. Whistleblowers often step forward to disclose information about industry practices that promote products that helped drive a nationwide obesity epidemic.
Shockingly, these same agricultural farming practices perpetuate starvation in developing countries. Industrial models undermine farmers’ ability to provide food for their own families and surrounding community.
The United States produces about 32 million tons of solid food waste each year (which also wastes a tremendous amount of energy). Of these 32 tons, 31 end up in landfills and incinerators. Each of these, both immediately and over time, pose dangerous threats to tomorrow’s food supply.
A tremendous amount of chemicals and heavy metals also threatens our food supply. These substances may find their way into our ecosystem through landfills and incinerators, but also through intentional dumping of them or the throwing away of household items.