today's consumer has to be more scrutinizing about the source and processing involved in their food than say our grandparents or even our parents when they were young.
An opinion certainly, but a point too.
We have the cleanest, most rigorously tested, most reliable, most nutritious,
Do we really have cleaner food (pesticides, GMO drift, soil contamination, water contamination, poor soil quality) than ever? E. Coli from fast food tomatoes is not unheard of at all. Meat has to be cooked so carefully temperature wise largely because of factory farming. You don't hear about food contamination issues unless its as big as the Peanut Corporation of America issue years back (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peanut_Corporation_of_America). And there is a good example of how things can go wrong despite this huge system in place to keep our food free of contaminants (in PCA's case it was salmonella). They hadn't been inspected in years. And that's the norm apparently. US FDA inspects less than 10% of incoming foreign produce, and I don't know numbers on domestic/import produce, but at the grocery store I see mostly produce labeled from another country. I won't argue with reliable, but I feel today's consumer has to be more scrutinizing about the source and processing involved in their food than say our grandparents or even our parents when they were young.
Right because organized crime died out in the US after prohibition.
Actually, there was probably a lot less violence. No more rum running.