First of all a couple of confessions:
1. I skim almost all posts that have to do with Organic/Natural food. It’s exhausting and seems a bit expensive.
2. I’m shallow…the less I know, the better I feel (ie: don’t have to be responsible for it).
Now, with that out of the way…you won’t believe what I saw last night!
Disclaimer: PBS makes me break out in hives on most occasions due to childhood torture from my mother and the show “Nova”. However, last night they had a mush-gushy, feel good show about a company that matches Assistance Dogs with their owners. Most of the “owners” were kids. It was so inspirational to watch this child bond with his/her dog and build a relationship AND know they have a sidekick that will help either open a door, or even alert family members that a seizure is coming on.
At the end of the show I left the room to put the boys to bed and when I got back PBS was showing this POV series on Food, Inc. It was so disturbing! My moment of joyful elation quickly went to nauseating horror. This particular series was about ‘What we eat, and how it’s produced’. It was like a train wreck…I couldn’t change the channel! I had to know just how my beef was slaughtered! My head is still spinning but the things that stood out was:
- There are less that 20 beef slaughter houses in the US and they have so many cows coming through there that there is NO WAY they can be sanitary enough. We’re talking cow poop in the patties, people!
- Every thing we eat is pretty much scientifically created from corn. Everything. Think about that.
- Chickens are pumped so full of fattening agents so fast, they can’t even stand up longer than a few seconds.
- Chickens are pumped so full of antibiotics that they are now being attacked by bad bugs that are antibiotic-resistant.
- There is something seriously wrong between the farmers and the government when you can get 2-3 hamburgers for the price of a head of broccoli.
So what is the answer? I’m not sure. Of course, I immediately wanted to get land and raise my own chickens, garden, beef, etc. But realistically…right now…what can I do?
Our Farmer’s Market just started back up for the season, so I will get my veggies, some dairy, and some meat from them. My folks and I will be doing a garden again this year so I know where those veggies are coming from. I don’t know what to do about our beef. We really don’t eat ground beef, but I’m a steak and potatoes kind of girl!
Bottom-line: I wish I wouldn’t have seen that show. I feel responsible to my family to pay attention and make changes to the type of food we’re consuming. What are you guys doing? If anything… I don’t want to go all crazy, but I also don’t want to keep eating cow patties!
Would love any insight you guys have.