Sunday, August 21, 2011
In the Summer 5% Challenge we have different lifestyle tasks each week. A recent one was to read the labels on foods we're thinking of buying. I started reading labels when I was on WW but that really entailed seeing how many calories, carbs, & fats were in the foods in order to figure out the point value. This task was to read the ingredients and I know from reading the posts that it was eye opening for many people. This is an essential thing to do in order to make smart choices about what we're putting into our bodies.
If you want to take it one step further, watch the documentary "Food, Inc." It is unimaginable what the food industry has become in the past few decades. I was upset and furious; while watching I felt like they were talking about communist Russia! That's right, the food industry is like the KGB and farmers are the victims.
My DD has talked about buying only organic foods for months. We've moved closer to that and I really try not to buy foods containing preservatives. She wants us to eventually get away from buying any packaged foods. I have to say that my food bills have increased tremendously; it's way more expensive to buy healthy fruits and vegetables than the crap-filled food that I used to eat. But what we put in our bodies has far-reaching consequences for our health.
Regarding beef, which I love. Cows are fed corn because it's cheaper but they shouldn't be eating corn, only grass. They stand ankle-deep in manure day in and day out. When slaughtered, their manure covered hides infect the meat. That's right SparkFriends, we're eating meat that has manure in it. To prevent e-coli (which is caused by the manure in the meat) the companies mix filler that's been treated with AMMONIA!!!!! into chopped meat. Is that what you want your families to eat? It's disgusting, it's bad for our health, it's dangerous. But the companies don't care because all that matters is the bottom line.
Chickens take 3 months to grow from hatchlings to adults but that's too long for Tyson and Perdue, not enough money that way! So now their growth is sped up to 49 days! Their internal organs and bones can't handle this so they can hardly walk and many die. They are packed into chicken houses and kept in the dark until the chicken catchers arrive and fling them into trucks, even the sick chickens, off to the processing plants.
I could go on and on and on. Any farmer than doesn't comply loses his/her contract. They go into debt to keep up with the demands of these companies. Neighbors are reporting on neighbors (this is what brings to mind the KGB) because of intimidation by Monsanto. The USDA cannot close down tainted factories because the lobbyists for the food industry (and lobbying should be illegal) pay off everyone! The FDA doesn't do inspections anymore, the companies are self-policing (bet that works well and more KGB tactics!) I wouldn't buy a Tyson, Perdue, Smithfield, or Monsanto product; no way, no how, no matter what, and I encourage you to stop supporting these unethical and disgusting companies as well.
The only way things will change is if we consumers show companies what we want. Walmart will no longer carry milk treated with rBGH hormone (is it any wonder that girls are starting to menstruate at age 8?) because their customers don't want it! Buy only grass fed beef. Harvestland makes poultry products that are free from hormones and antibiotics and are raised in ethical ways and it's not much more expensive than Perdue (Walmart carries it.) Don't buy products that have unnecessary corn mixed in (there's corn products in mayo, ketchup, almost everything!) Tell your congressman that you want genetically modified foods (that can't possibly be a good thing) to have a label!
I've included a link so that you can read more about this. Join takepart.com so that we can stop these inhumane and dangerous practices. It's bad for our health, our families, our souls; after all, we are what we eat.