Chips, a one minute salty snack packaged in a forever lasting plastic wrap. How can this be? Since the late 1950’s the amount of products packaged in plastic has exponentially risen every year. Chip and candy companies spend millions on convincing us with advertising, low expense, and taste bud trips, that their products have a necessary place in society. Yet, Obesity and Diabetes are on the rise. According to the Center for Disease Control, 24.8% of Californians are Obese and 8% are Diabetic.
The packaging for these products is made with Polyvinyl chloride, which causes cancer, birth defects, genetic changes, among other health problems. With this knowledge, one would think that there would be faster movement away from wasteful, harmful foods packaged in toxic film.
At the Guadalupe, the chip bag and candy wrappers are outrageous. After each rain storm, and consequential flood, the number of chip bags increases, while the amount of land and the physical health of the plants and animals, humans included, decreases.