I went to a rather large WalMart store today to stock the frig at work. I asked the meat dept manager if he carried any of the non-nitrate deli meats, I couldn't remember what it's called but it's a major brand in a brown cardboard box. He literally laughed in my face when I tried to explain what sodium nitrite does to ones body....He also said, "you're not from around here are you?" Okay I moved to East Texas from Oregon but does that make me a weirdo? I was standing in front of the processed meat section that was at least 10 feet long and 4 ft high...every one of them full of sodium nitrite...Our government should ban it!!