That meal you purchased or prepared for yourself and your loved ones? Do you know anything about the food? Do you know how the produce was grown? How the protein was raised?
Do you know that most of the food that is offered to sale in American supermarkets is legally full of chemicals? Do you know that 9-year-old girls now are going through puberty? Do you understand that the hormones fed to cattle so they grow faster do stay in the meat and when you eat beef you are taking in a certain amount of hormones into your body? Do you understand that this affects the way your body functions?
Do you know that animals are raised in contained factories where that are so different from the storybook image of a farm that to see the photos may convince you to become a vegetarian?
What about the produce? The argument about GMOs, genetically modified organisms or GE, genetically engineered foods, has several components. One is that the knowledge of how the genetic modification in our food may affect us is not fully determined. The FDA and USDA says it is safe to eat because the companies who make the seeds say it is. Other scientists indicate otherwise. The other argument is that most plants are treated so they can withstand heavy spraying for weeds and pests and that those chemicals are unhealthy for humans to ingest, causing all kinds of digestive issues, food intolerance and even increased risk of cancer.
Check out this short six minute video posted by Dr. Mercola to help illustrate some of the issues.
And if my saying so doesn’t raise your concern, check out what this organization of concerned scientists have written.
Afterwards you have a choice. Continue shopping and eating the way you have, dismissing this as one more quack alarmist notice or think about how to adjust your budget to switch to healthier food.
The best option is to know your farmer. This is not difficult anywhere in the country. Even large cities like New York have farmers markets that are located in neighborhoods. Go to Local Harvest to help identify where you can access fresh farm food raised in your area. Then get to know them. Support your local farmers to help keep them feeding us.