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History Of The Trucking Industry

The trucking industry as we know it, began at the turn of the twentieth century with the invention of the motorized truck. Motorized vehicles were competition for the railroad industry and became a major factor in the increase of land transportation of goods throughout the United States. The development of fuel also contributed to the increased use of trucks. As motor technology advanced and improved, there was a natural progression for the construction of paved roads. As a result, there were regulations set by the state and federal government that were to be adhered to when moving freight.

Prior to the use of trucks, trains were the most efficient mode of transporting goods because it had the capacity to accommodate bulk. Trucks were initially used to deliver items to remote locations that were inaccessible for the train. The first boom in the usage of trucks occurred during the 1920s. At this time, roads were improving and made delivery locations more accessible. Eventually more durable tires replaced the rubber tires and trucks were made larger in order to carry more goods while providing comfort to the driver.

The first trucks were extremely heavy and had crude mechanisms. Initially they were only providing delivery and hauling to the city. This restriction was due in large part because the trucks could not handle the pothole and unpaved roads. The Automobile Club of America put on the very first United States contest for commercial vehicles; the goal of the test was to examine the reliability, speed and capacity of the truck. Excited by the results of the contest, manufacturers were to meet the demand for trucks and the use of trucks for freight transportation flourished.

The trucking industry as we know it was still in its infancy when the Great Depression hit and a number of trucking companies were forced to close their operations. The companies who survived were able to benefit from the repeal of Prohibition, which also occurred during a time of economic recovery. In 1935, Congress passed the Motor Carrier Act; this act halted the legislative mudslinging between the rail and automotive providers and provided structure for the industry. At that time, the federal government became an investor into the railroad industry, which happened to have also from the depression, as well as from the emerging auto transport industry.

The Motor Carrier Act set regulations for freight-hauling. The act limited the hours that could be driven. It also mandated the classification of freight that could be carried. The owners of the trucking companies became concerned that the new regulations would compromise their competitive advantage over established rail companies. As infrastructures were improved, driver demand increased and opened up opportunity for new businesses to enter the market.

The trucking industry is a key player in the American economy through the transportation of raw materials, produce, and finished goods. Trucks are also vital to the construction industry when large amounts of materials are needed for a project. Currently, the American trucking industry is responsible for most of the movement of freight and will continue to be essential for US manufacturing and construction.

Under the regulation of ICC, companies who have for-hire trucks were required to apply for a license if they wanted like to enter the interstate markets. The guidelines were strict and licenses were granted only if it could be proven that there was a need for additional capacity. The rates, which used to be an agreement between the trucker and the customer, were put in the hands of bureaus. The rate bureaus are owned and administered by participating carriers. The bureaus job is to analyze costs and initiate pricing standards and competitive rates within the industry. In 1980, Congress put through a trucking deregulation bill. The goal of the bill was to increase competition and this competition resulted in reduced shipping costs for customers.

Prior to 1983, truck size and weight limitations were set by individual states. The federal government pushed for legislation that set limitations on the interstate highway system. In addition to increasing the size and weight limitations on truck, the law also resulted in an increase of the national gas tax and increased fees on the industry. Currently, the trucking industry is responsible for paying roughly half of all state and federal road user taxes.

What The Sugar Industry And Fda Dont Want You To Know! – Miracle Fruit.

Article Written by Mr Steven Havill Sr (SEO Expert and Specialist) A client of the

Miraculin or Miracle Fruit has the potential to wipe out sugar related diabetes, not by sweetening food but by changing the way our taste buds interpret food.

Imagine eating the sweetest fruits out of the season, or enjoying healthy unsweetened dark chocolate that tastes like the finest milk chocolate from Holland, and doing it without adding a single calorie or grain of sweetener. Yes, this is possible and has been for decades.

Didn’t you know?

For the last 50 years, our society has been pounded with the evils of

smoking, drinking, eating red meat, and that we should cut as much salt and fat from our diets as possible. Under the guise of healthy living, we are being programmed to replace our intake of butter with margarine or red meat with soy alternatives. This brings me to my point. We are being sold a bill of goods and any questioning is quickly muffled by the industries who control our food. We are told to eat this or that instead of that or this, but only if it is beneficial to the industry promoting it.

One such industry is the sugar industry also known as BIG SUGAR!

There are very few things in life that are as good yet so harmful to you as refined white sugar. Sugar is by far the largest worldwide addiction that is openly protected by the FDA. White refined sugar is not a food. It is a chemical. It is an addictive drug. Yes, that’s right, an addictive drug and when you remove it from your diet you can experience withdrawal symptoms. Refined sugar is used in everything from bread to fruit juice. Fruit juice! No way, they use fructose in fruit juice.

So called “Natural Sweeteners”;

If you consider fructose a safe, natural sugar, think again. You’ve been had by one of the biggest nutritional bait-and-switch ploys in years. Fructose does not come from fruit, it IS refined sugar! High fructose consumption has been fingered as a causative factor in heart disease. It raises blood levels of cholesterol and another type of fat, triglyceride. It makes blood cells more prone to clotting, and it may also accelerate the aging process. So the next time you see a commercial touting the virtues of Fructose as the actor sucks on her popsicle… know that they are lying to you.

Even though there are healthier natural alternatives, BIG SUGAR continues to protect their interests in much the same way big tobacco has for decades. They own both the sugar and sugar replacement markets which meant that getting other, healthier alternatives are slim at best and getting these truths nonexistent.

Artificial Sweeteners;

Artificial replacements are known to have carcinogens. They cause CANCER and the companies making them know it. They have been rebranded constantly to keep consumers from understanding the true hazards of ingesting such products. Imagine renaming a product, changing the color of the box and calling it healthy! Such artificial sweeteners are; Acesulfame potassium Nutrinova, E950 (FDA Approved 1988), Alitame Pfizer (Pending FDA Approval), Aspartame NutraSweet, E951 (FDA Approved 1981), Salt of aspartame-acesulfame Twinsweet, E962, Cyclamate Abbott, E952 (FDA Banned 1969, pending re-approval), Dulcin (FDA Banned 1950) Glucin, Neohesperidin dihydrochalcone E959, Neotame, NutraSweet (FDA Approved 2002), P-4000 (FDA Banned 1950), Saccharin E954 (FDA Approved 1958), Sucralose Kaltame, Splenda, Tate & Lyle, E955 (FDA Approved 1998)

Natural Sweeteners that truly are healthy (honestly!);

Naturalists and foodies are just now starting to expound the virtues of natural sugar alternatives such as stevia, mannitol, glycerol and the primary subject of this article miraculin. Miraculin is a glycoprotein extracted from the miracle berry or miracle fruit plant, a shrub native to West Africa (Synsepalum dulcificum or Richadella dulcifica). Rather than acting as a sweetening agent, miraculin changes the way our taste buds interpret flavors. It makes sour limes and lemons taste like lemon aide. It makes healthy unsweetened dark chocolate taste like fine milk chocolate. And it does all of this without adding a single calorie or grain of sweetener.

The ad read; Are you diabetic? Would you like to eat chocolate cake again? How about a chocolate cake with no sugar that tastes like the most decadent brownie you’ve ever tasted? Are you overweight? Would you like to eat fruit that tastes like candy, instead of candy that is killing you?

YES! Of course I would, while thinking to myself that this has to be a con. After hearing all the hype about Miracle fruit I started researching this so-called miracle plant. I was going to get to the bottom of this thing and find out for myself. I was amazed at what I found out, and it prompted me to purchase a package of miraculin tablets. These are freeze dried miracle fruit berries with a little corn starch added to hold the tablets together. They are all natural and won’t interact with any medicines negatively. I started looking for a place to buy some miraculin and found a site ( that offered lightning fast shipping. I placed my order and for $15, I received 10 tablets in about 2 days (yes they shipped lightning fast just as they had promised), and I was ready to give it a try.

Keep in mind that I myself am a sweetaholic and I crave sugar. I drink my coffee sweetened and have become addicted to flavored (artificial) creamers. I do love fruit, however, getting good naturally ripened and sweet fruit is next to impossible these days. With that said, for my test I got a melon that was not very sweet, out of season and the flavor was, well… blah! Imagine biting into a piece of candle wax with a dash of sugar on it.

After chewing on the miracle berry tablet and rolling it around in my mouth for a minute or two (as directed), I took a bite of my blah melon. OH MY GOODNESS! It was like I’d never eaten a cateloupe before. Is this what God intended fruit to taste like? I can’t wait to try a miracle fruit berry now. I’ve read that they are twice as potent as the tablets and are the purest way to really exploit the power of miraculin.

A little about my research on Miracle Fruit;

The Miracle Fruit was first discovered and brought attention to by the western world by explorer Chevalier des Marchais during a 1725 excursion of West Africa
when he became aware that local tribes in West Africa were using this berry to add flavour and appetise their otherwise bland foods. Then In the 60’s
and the 70’s an Entreupreuner Named Robert Harvey who had studied this amazing berry after Des Marchais’s discoveries managed to raise tens of millions of dollars to create an all natural alternative to sugar using the Miracle Fruit.
He sucessfully managed to synthesize the active ingredient inside the berry the natural protein known as Miraculin.

He began making Miracle Fruit Tablets because as like most Tropical Plants the fruits on the plant have a very short shelf life which is the reason many Fruits from the Tropics do not make it to the Western world.

Diabetics were going crazy for them and kids were choosing miracle fruit popsicles over popsicles with artificial sweeteners by an enourmous margin. This is when other Corporations became interested and Robet Harvey was turning down offers for billions of dollars as Miraculin looked like it was poised and ready to become an all natural alternative to Sugar. Just as the berry was about to launch Harveys office was raided by industrial spies, His files and research was stolen, he got into high speed car chases in the middle of the night and people were following him. Not long after In 1974 Robert Harvey Recieved a letter from the FDA saying the miracle berry products are not allowed into the market in any form what soever which led him to shutting down his entire operation.

The Laws from the FDA regarding miracle fruit are quite uncertain and suspicious. Many inquiries have been made regarding miracle fruit. Thier stance is that they consider miracle fruit as a food additive. Miraculin cannot be used as a food additive, effectively locking it out of the food chain. However, the fresh berry itself can be used legally and this is regulated by the USDA. Unfortunately the USDA seems to be stuck in a regulatory limbo.

This amazing berry is great for your health, yet it is not legalised to be in commercial food and drink products although legal to be sold on the internet in its natural forms.

How could anyone at the FDA not promote something so pure, so good and so potentially life changing is beyond me. And worse still is the fact that they are determined to keep anyone from enjoying the benefits of this miracle fruit. Have they actually tried it? I’d have to think not, but then they also want to ban Vitamin C at the request of BIG Pharma! Who BTW, also have a vested interest in BIG SUGAR, reference “Artificial Sweeteners” above.