Industrial seed oils & health outcomes

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There are three major projects currently underway at The Farmarian Weekly.

One is the industrial seed oil project. Industrial seed oils, also known as vegetable oils (corn, cottonseed, safflower, sunflower, rapeseed, peanut, and soybean oils) are, along with sugar, some of the most emblematic and exemplary industrial foods. For one, they were never consumed until the 20th century–this makes them even more contemporary than sugar–and, for two, they are produced by characteristically industrial methods, using monoculture techniques, cutting-edge breeding techniques to maximize yield, genomic modification, pesticides, industrial fertilizers, mechanization of planting and harvesting, and so forth.

There is currently a highly polarized debate underway about vegetable oils in the food-health community, both scientific and popular. On the one hand, research suggests that vegetable oils may contribute to accelerated ageing, and that certain vegetable oils (corn, for example) almost certainly contribute to premature death. Yet, some influential researchers still recommend them. For this reason in particular, we find vegetable oils a very interesting discussion topic. The Farmarian Weekly industrial seed oil project aims to encourage discussion about vegetable oils–and, most importantly, to provide a record of movement toward some kind of kernal truth regarding their consumption.

[Explanation of format of project presentation to go here.]

Publication date Click for details Intervention Control Outcome Comments
1965 Rose Corn Oil Study
1966 Anti-Coronary Club Program
1970 Minnesota Coronary Survey
1971 Los Angeles Veteran’s Study
1978 Sydney Diet-Heart Study
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