There’s a growing worldwide concern for the plight of honey bees. Colony Collapse Disorder–where entire colonies of bees seem to vanish without a trace–has been blamed on pesticides made by Bayer. The bees’ nervous systems are affected, and they are apparently unable to find their way back to the hive. Numerous articles and films like Vanishing of the Bees and Queen of the Sun have helped spread the word and encouraged folks to help the bees. Concern for bees is as widespread as concern for polar bears stranded by melting sea ice.
Any food that serves a nutritional function is a functional food. That encompasses most all food we eat, with the possible exception of Twinkies and their ilk–they do more damage than good. Manufacturers are working hard to put function in all their foods. There are even “whole grain” toaster pastries now. But has consuming fortified and enriched foods like we have in recent decades done us any good? If you look at the recent statistics finding that 69% of Americans are fat and obese, I think not. And despite repeated issues of the Dietary Guidelines set forth by the USDA, only 7% of us are eating our vegetables.