I've sort of been a part-time vegetarian for a few years now, mainly because I can't come to terms with chewing on a fleshy piece of blood and guts. It's not necessarily the taste, but the texture I have issues with. After being disgusted by our food industry's corrupt and inhumane ways, I have decided to take action for our family's health. Today I made a quick trip for groceries and vowed to only purchase items out of the organic/health food section of Kroger. With the exception of baby wipes, I did exactly that.
BEST TEA EVER!
It's nice to look at the ingredients of something you're about to ingest and not see a bunch of weird big words that nobody even knows what they mean.
Several years ago I had an organic kick that quickly wore off with the limited items and hefty price tags, but this time was different. I was amazed at how many things they carry nowadays, and it didn't run me that much more than it would have had I bought regular name brand crap foods. My Kroger plus card also saved me $43. And you can't put a price tag on the feeling you get when you know you are buying consumables that will not poison those you care about the most. I'm also excited to get my own little garden going again this summer. Now that I'm not working a full time day job I'll have plenty of time to invest in one of my favorite hobbies :)
Some things I've learned while researching the food industry...
-Today, 2 percent of American farms raise 40 percent of our food animals.
-If it doesn't say certified Organic, you can bet the food has came from a factory farm. And Fast Food Corporations are their biggest customers (excluding Chipotle)
-Children are hitting puberty earlier due to all the genetically enhanced pumped full of hormones "food". Did you know they grow (with hormones) a chicken in less than half the time they would naturally (49 days instead of 60)? So much so that their internal organs can't keep up and they begin to fail, causing disease. And we eat it.
-Swine flu originated on a factory farm. Mad Cow disease came from the practice of feeding animal parts to cows. And each year 650,000 people get sick from Salmonella-tainted eggs.
-Cancers, autism and neurological disorders are associated with the use of pesticides especially amongst farm workers and their communities.
-The average food product travels about 1,500 miles to get to your grocery store.
-Transporting that food accounts for 30,800 tons of greenhouse gas emissions every year.
-You may see thousands of brands in a grocery store, but did you know they are all owned by only a handful of huge corporations, such as Tyson and Smithfield.
-Approximately 10 billion animals (chickens, cattle, hogs, ducks, turkeys, lambs and sheep) are raised and killed in the US annually. Nearly all of them are raised on factory farms under inhumane conditions. These industrial farms are also dangerous for their workers, pollute surrounding communities, are unsafe to our food system and contribute significantly to global warming.
-In January 2008, the FDA approved the sale of meat and milk from cloned livestock, despite the fact that Congress voted twice in 2007 to delay FDA's decision on cloned animals until additional safety and economic studies could be completed.
-High calorie, sugar laden processed foods coupled with our sedentary lifestyles is growing our waistlines and contributing to serious health issues like diabetes, heart ailments and cancers. One-third of children and adolescents are overweight or obese.
-In Food, Inc. we meet Barbara Kowalcyk, whose 2 year old son, Kevin, died from E.coli poisoning after eating a hamburger. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 76 million Americans are sickened, 325,000 are hospitalized and 5,000 die each year from foodborne illnesses.
-Factory farms cram egg-laying hens into cages so tiny they can't even spread their wings. Breeding pigs and veal calves are stuffed into cramped individual cages barely larger than their bodies. They can’t walk or turn around. They all stand in their own feces day in and day out.
-Many of the workers in factory farms are illegal immigrants, work for several months or years, and then get picked up by immigration officers and deported. These factory owners have a deal worked out with immigration. They never get raided so their production never stops, in turn they provide names/address of these immigrants homes so they can still make their busts.
-Currently, up to 45 percent of U.S. corn is genetically engineered as is 85 percent of soybeans. It has been estimated that 70-75 percent of processed foods on supermarket shelves--from soda to soup, crackers to condiments--contain genetically engineered ingredients.
-A number of studies over the past decade have revealed that genetically engineered foods can pose serious risks to humans, domesticated animals, wildlife and the environment. Human health effects can include higher risks of toxicity, allergenicity, antibiotic resistance, immune-suppression and cancer.
Some highly recommended films to see regarding these issues. Reading about it is one thing, but watching the horrifying truth and seeing the visuals associated with it will persuade anyone with half a functioning brain to dig a little deeper.
THE BEAUTIFUL TRUTH.
for a whole list of free health/food documentaries you can watch right now on your computer.
It is so important that America become educated, and CARE what we are putting in ours and our CHILDREN'S bodies.