The Great American Grocery Hoax

The Great American Grocery Hoax

There is a big secret out there in the grocery store aisles that no one wants you to know.  There is a hoax of monumental proportions that is being perpetrated on the American public.

Before I tell you what it is, let me remind you of some things that you already know.

It’s no secret at all that the American economy is in dire straits. Unemployment has skyrocketed and today’s dollars buy a lot less than the dollars of just a few years ago. Even the most thrifty shopper will pay substantially more for a cart full of groceries.  To make matters worse, our country’s main food-producing areas have been devastated by droughts, and you can expect that prices will only go up from here.

So people work for slave wages, if they can find work at all, then go to the grocery store and buy what they can afford.  And that is where the secret comes in.

The secret is:

The stuff sold there is not actually food.

Nutritional Anarchy has posted a couple of videos recently about the massive number of ingredients in inexpensive processed food items.  You can learn about what is contained in a Hungry Man Homestyle Dinner HERE and about the gastronomical delights that 48 cents will buy you HERE.

If you’ve ever been broke, you can easily see how a “meal” for a couple of dollars or less would be an appealing addition to a grocery cart.

But here is the scary epiphany:

The stuff sold there is not actually food.

I guess this depends on one’s definition of the word “food”. says “food” is:

any nourishing substance that is eaten, drunk, or otherwise taken into the body to sustain life,provide energy, promote growth, etc.

Merriam-Webster says “food” is:

 material consisting essentially of protein, carbohydrate, and fat used in the body of an organism to sustain growth, repair, and vital processes and to furnish energy; also :  such food together with supplementary substances (as minerals, vitamins, and condiments)

The Oxford Dictionary says “food” is:

any nutritious substance that people or animals eat or drink, or that plants absorb, in order to maintain life and growth

Traditionally…and by traditionally I mean ever since there were humans on the planet eating stuff…food came from one of these sources: plants or animals.  It has been hunted, gathered, foraged, cultivated, and farmed.

But now these substances are being created in a lab environment. From purely synthetic ingredients, compounds are formed.  Sometimes a bit of the original food is present, perhaps a small bit of meat or vegetable or grain, and that item is stretched with chemicals to turn it into a food-like substance. The substance is shaped to look like food. It is artificially colored and molded into forms like some kind of semi-edible play-dough.  Then scents and flavors, also artificial, are added.  This makes the substances resemble food even more because now it tastes and smells like food.

Because it isn’t immediately lethal to ingest, those noble guardians at the FDA slap a label on it that the substance is GRAS – Generally Recognized As Safe.

Then the substance is placed into little plastic trays, foil, bags, or cellophane. That is placed inside a box with an illustration on the outside. The illustration looks like the food that the substance inside all of the packaging is supposed to taste like.  Perhaps it is a juicy roast beef dinner with mashed potatoes, savory gravy, and carrots.  Your brain processes this visual stimuli and expects that the substance contained within is indeed “food.”

But it isn’t.

It’s a scam.  People go to the store to buy food, but they are sold something else, something that only pretends to be food.

The stuff sold there is not actually food.

Only a tiny fraction of the contents of that box is actually food. Your ancestors would not recognize this as food at all.  If you dare to eat this, you are consuming a food substitute that is being passed off to you because there is no food left for the likes of us.  Most of what is being sold in the grocery store is NOT ACTUALLY FOOD. It is food-like substances. It is a pile of chemicals masquerading as food to satiate hunger and deceive those who consume it into believing that they are eating food and ingesting nutrients.

Did you ever see the movie Soylent Green? In the movie, the futuristic over-populated world no longer can provide food for the population.  Instead processed food-like substances are rationed out to keep people alive.  Initially, there was Soylent Yellow and Soylent Red, but then, a new product, Soylent Green, became available in limited quantities. The actual source of Soylent Green is a closely guarded secret: no one is allowed to know what is actually in it.  Consumers are deceived with some scientific sounding descriptions until the awful truth comes out.

Does this sound familiar?

While Soylent Green was actually made from ground up humans (sorry, spoiler), the origins of what is being sold in our groceries stores today are no less mysterious or closely guarded.  Soylent Green was so delectable to the unknowing public that they would commit heinous crimes to get more.  The food-like substances in the grocery stores are loaded with processed white sugar (which actually has addictive properties similar to heroin), high fructose corn syrup, and MSG, which stimulates the production of hunger hormones, giving a whole new meaning to that fun slogan, “Bet you can’t eat just one.”

If you eat this stuff,you will be hooked because they want you to be hooked.  You will be perfectly content feeding your addiction instead of nourishing your body.  You won’t even MISS actual food.  The next generation may not even know what actual food IS at the rate these processed concoctions are filling pantries and refrigerators in homes across the country. Those with lower incomes are particularly targeted by this, because unless you are making good money, it’s nearly impossible to purchase nourishing, whole foods.

I’ll give you a hint: if it is sold in a box and it has more ingredients than you have fingers, it probably isn’t food by any accepted definition.

It might keep you alive, but it will not keep you nourished and healthy.

Big Food doesn’t really care if you die from eating this stuff, as long as you don’t keel over immediately – then they’d be liable.  They don’t care if you develop cancer or if you are malnourished.  That actually just helps out their buddies at Big Pharma.  Then they can go play golf together on the proceeds.

There is a conspiracy afoot and you can find evidence of the massive deception as close as your nearest grocery store, fast food establishment, or corner store.  They are selling poisonous artificial food, and people are happily paying them for it.

Commit Nutritional Anarchy.

Rebel.  Just say no to food-like substances.  Declare war on Big Food.

  • Refuse to eat these products that are flavored with brain-cell killing neurotoxins that tickle the pleasure centers in your brain and make you want more.
  • Grow what you can – no matter how little, it is going to be better and healthier than what you’ll get at the store
  • Buy ingredients instead of “meals” in a box.
  • Cook from scratch.
  • Visit your farmer’s markets or local farms.  (Find one near you HERE)
  • Learn what to eat when you’re broke – make the best choices when you are on a tight budget.
  • Build a whole-food pantry
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About the author

Daisy Luther

Daisy Luther is a freelance writer and editor who lives in a small village in the Pacific Northwestern area of the United States.  She is the author of The Organic Canner and  The Pantry Primer: How to Build a One Year Food Supply in Three Months. On her website, The Organic Prepper, Daisy writes about healthy prepping, homesteading adventures, and the pursuit of liberty and food freedom.  Daisy is a co-founder of the website Nutritional Anarchy, which focuses on resistance through food self-sufficiency. Daisy's articles are widely republished throughout alternative media. You can follow her on Facebook, Pinterest,  and Twitter, and you can email her at

Tom Clark - April 10, 2014

Excellent article…now all we have to do is get rid of fluoride, vaccinations, chemtrails and GMOs, to name a few. Without an overhaul of the system, shutting down the FDA, EPA and most of the crony infested government…the sociopathic banksters will continue to create an unhealthy
befuddled herd.

None of this is an accident.

We are slowly and systematically being exposed to toxins and poisons, not only in our food, but our water, air and whatever else they can think of. HPV shot anyone?

PseudoNhymm - April 10, 2014

Nonsense. This argument is logically inconsistent. Although I will grant you that the items in most modern grocery stores are not “food” as existed 100 years ago, it is nonetheless “food”. To prove this, let me use one of your own incongruities:
“It is a pile of chemicals masquerading as food to satiate hunger and deceive those who consume it into believing that they are eating food and ingesting nutrients.”
Which implies that there are no nutrients in it. How long can a person live without eating “food”, hmm? People starve within a week without getting food. That people can subsist eating the crap in grocery stores indefinitely, that qualifies it as food in any dictionary sense. You didn’t mean to be that literal. You meant to illustrate how the perception of this thing called “food” has changed over the years. It’s still all food. Just plainly stating that “It isn’t food.” is deceptive BS. It’s just that most of it now is artificial.

    Emma - April 10, 2014

    It contains enough nutrients to sustain life, but not health. And the unnecessary excipients have an accumulative and detrimental effect to health..

    Liberty Mentor - April 11, 2014

    I disagree with your reply because a fundamental issue here is whether or not “artificial” can be food. Given you have succumbed to the idea that anything eaten is food. Poison can be eaten…at least once. Some poisons are slow acting. Artificial/created by man consumables are not “food” and lead to health problems that, over time, kill. Food is that which sustains, maintains, and increases life via providing the nutrition necessary to support optimal health over a long lifetime. Artificial does not do that. Now we suspect you are a paid marketing or P.R. shill for the chemical and artificial food industry.

    Jill - April 13, 2014

    Not true. People do NOT die in one week without food. I have personally gone 2weeks without food and was able to function adequately throughout.

Johnny - April 10, 2014

To “PseudoNhymm”:

A lot of people speak like they have something to say.
Like the “stuff” in the article, they’re better characterised by “paraître” rather than… “être”.
Bottom line, do not forget the golden rule: do not do unto the others what you would not like them do to you. I believe this version is more appropriate, as one can not exclude that some people might be… masochistic and actually like to eat… “stuff”.

Joe - April 10, 2014

Try to buy things with only 1-2 ingredients.

Broccoli…contains broccoli and small traces of pesticides.
Kale, spinach…ditto.
Eggs. They pretty much contain nothing but eggs, as they were made inside a live chicken.
Probably good to make sure the -chicken- was also fed real food.
Butter…pretty much just contains milkfat. The milk was made by a cow. Don’t buy margarine. It never even comes near a cow.
Fresh fish…caught locally. May contain traces of pollutants but is pretty much guaranteed to be 99.9% real fish.
Salt…should only contain salt.
Milk with no additives is manufactured inside live cows. It has many ingredients, all added by the cow.

See where I’m going here?

Svenster - April 10, 2014

What you’ve done with this article is a logical error called the Naturalistic Fallacy. It states that something is automatically better because it comes from “nature”, without looking into its actual properties.

That’s what you’ve done here. You simple state that stuff YOU like is real, and stuff you don’t is somehow “not real food”.

By what criteria do you decide this food is “fake”? Because it’s a pile of chemicals? EVERYTHING is a pile of chemicals! Whether from the farm, the ranch, or the lab, everything is a pile of chemicals.

You state that, “if it is sold in a box and it has more ingredients than you have fingers, it probably isn’t food”. Guess what else has more than 10 ingredients. YOU! Do you really think something is better because it’s chemically simple?

Meat contains Carbon, Nitrogen, Hydrogen, and Oxygen. Protein also sometimes has Sulfur. Sugars contain complex chains of molecules. How complex is chlorophyll? How many chemical compounds in cellulose? Splenda has the same chemical makeup of sugar, with one less Hydrogen atom. It makes it less complex, so does that make it more natural?

The author doesn’t know. But she knows (somehow) that natural=good, without being able to define either “natural” or “good”. An ignorant article by a scientifically illiterate writer.

    D Salter - April 11, 2014

    Obviously, she was making the assumption that she was speaking to people intelligent enough to know that “natural” means “what humans have evolved to eat for millions of years”. So, by that definition, sugar, grains, artificial colours and flavours, herbicide, pesticide, fungicide – are all “unnatural”. And if you knew anything about evolutionary biology, you would know that and species that deviates from the diet eaten by its ancestors, will suffer more disease. Simple reason being, the body is a complex machie, and requires a staggeringly huge variety of nutrients for all its biological system to function properly. To put it in simple terms: Petrol and diesel are both fuel, but if you put petrol in a diesel engine, then the vehicle will suffer “disease”. So, from the perspective of a diesel engine, petrol is not fuel, it is toxic.

Jasmine - April 10, 2014

You would be surprised at the stuff added to food. I was watching a show on TV where they do laboratory testing (like the FDA) where as this was in France. They had a batch of saffron mixed with crushed brick. Real brick. Probably the seller wanted to get more money because saffron is measured by weight. It all comes down to greed, people want more money so they sell crap to the everyday people.

Bob - April 11, 2014

Disagree with Pseudonyhmm. At least so far as myself, maybe not this author, when I say its ‘not food’ I indicate my philosophical position that its not healthy, and won’t sustain a long healthy life. The same way eating a slightly toxic berry is ‘not food’. Maybe it won’t outright kill you, but its not food. I say the same for sugar cakes, coca cola, and more. The same way you can eat leather and hair in a pinch, doesn’t mean they are food. IMO. This article doesn’t mislead me in any way.

Destiny - April 13, 2014

I’m pretty sure that any homeless or impoverished person would give anything to have the food we eat today. It may have changed but it sure beats starvation. Maybe you should watch Penn & Tellers series titles B*llsh*t. They cover GMOs and all the other hippie drippy drivel Richie rich types throw out to the uninformed masses.

Jill - April 13, 2014

Shopping only the perimeter of the store and not going up and down each aisle will go a long way in avoiding labratory made foods.

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