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Petroleum: It’s What’s For Breakfast

Posted Jun 16 2011 10:04pm

Petroleum dependence has our food system in an increasingly suffocating vice grip.  Plastic packaging a by-product of oil refining is ubiquitous, livestock operations gobble up fossil fuels in mind-blowing amounts , and the concept of “food miles” (the total distance food travels from farm to table, often times including multiple stops at factories and processing plants) has entered public discourse, albeit with some controversy .

As important as packaging and transportation are to environmental concerns, it turns out that ingredients also matter.  Processed foods are consumed at all hours of the day, but one of the most startling examples of foods high in petroleum-derived ingredients can be seen with popular breakfast products especially cereals.  The ingredients listed below do a better job of feeding our food system’s reliance on petroleum than they do nourishing our bodies.

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