Is there a rising chorus of hysteria about the food we eat ? Maybe not. Food Fear seems a staple of American life. From the 19th Century on, Americans have constantly expressed fears that something in the foods we eat is killing us, whether germs, chemicals, HFCO, etc. And interestingly, we continue to live longer and longer lives. An interesting read on this subject: Fear Of Food: A History of Why We Worry about What We Eat - by Levenstein.