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Don’t Read This IF You Want to Stay Ignorant

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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.know your farmer

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Author: GoingPlaces Can-Do Zero Waste

I moved to McMinnville a few years ago and was impressed with its friendliness and the beauty of the surrounding countryside. I write several blogs. GoingPlacesLivingLife is my personal blog related to travel, food and just general thoughts. Can-Do Real Food tells about my business processing local produce from small farms and preserving it by canning and dehydrating. The concept of Zero Waste appeals to me because we can truly reduce what gets tossed into the landfill with very small changes in our lifestyle. Join us.

9 thoughts on “Don’t Read This IF You Want to Stay Ignorant

  1. Thanks Beth…I’m glad we have more then a common relationship (your sister!)… nutrition! I get a lot of my info from http://www.naturalnews.com from a daily newsletter.

    • It’s good to know my loved ones already understand this and I don’t need to resort to arm twisting.

  2. You may have guessed that none of this is news to me. I think I first became wary of agribusiness beef when living in central California not far from a feed lot…. seeing literally thousands of cattle crowded into pens, knee deep in their own muck, turned my stomach. The stench was incredible. Once I started paying more attention, I learned of the chemicals and drugs they were using to keep these animals “healthy” in such sickening circumstances. Can’t get that picture out of my head at the thought of eating beef to this day. Seeing the crops being sprayed woke me up to the dangers there when I began to develop severe allergies. It’s pretty sad what commercial agriculture is doing to us in the name of more profit.

    • PS Not to mention a friend’s five year old daughter developing breasts….. something radically wrong with this picture. The kid has had to have an implant to suppress the hormones. It’s just plain crazy.

      • Yes…and crazier still that people, once they learn about this, do not change their eating habits. The excuse of “it’s too expensive means they are not considering the cost of their illnesses

        • Well, it might just be too expensive if you insist on a slab of meat the size of a dinner plate. I liked that last shot of the felt marker drawing the line down the guy’s gut overhang….

          • At first the reality of $12-$15 chicken hit us hard. Then we learned to take one bird and use it for 3+ meals, bringing the cost down. But that raises one more issue—to gain control over the health of your diet, you have to be able and willing to cook.

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