The state of our food supply is in crisis and WE are the ones to do something about it.
This is the beginning of a mission. There is a way we can fight back against big food corporations.
Cassie Parsons is a local chef and farmer who has an on-fire passion about local and honest food. This past February she did a TEDx talk about her big idea. In her speech she declares
“Our food supply is broken.”
And she’s right. She’s spot on.
Cassie’s TEDx Talk is linked below, give it a listen, Please.
This is what I have to say about the state of our food.
“America has the worst food in the world.”
We have the most and the worst. Quantity does not make quality food. Quantity has never made quality in any industry. Still there are so many that go hungry; that is another discussion for another day.
We are in a state of change and increasing awareness. There is no reason to feel helpless about our food supply unless you decide not to do anything or you think someone else will do it instead.
That’s what Big Food is counting on, good old American apathy.
We’re world champions in apathy, we’re apathetic champions off the freaking chart.
You know what?
I hate to be the one to break the news, but the time for change is here; it’s NOW and it’s up to us.
We can’t let this go.
I want to talk about what we can do to stop Big Corporate Food from developing, planting and growing GMO‘s and other food atrocities they have developed and forced on us. They think we don’t need to know; they think we don’t care.
Worst of all is they think they can get away with it.
Here is the biggest thing, We DO have a choice. We have to demand the truth as to what is in our food, how it is processed and how the animals are treated and what’s in it; we have to get involved with our food.
Two news reporters were fired for not watering down a report about Monsanto and recombinant bovine growth hormone causing cancer in humans who drink milk from cows treated with rBGH. rBGH is injected into dairy cows every two weeks to increase milk production which increases profits at the expense of human health. Click the link above to read the article.
Have you heard of rBGH? Big Food feels you don’t need to know if the milk you drink and give to your children is from cows treated with rBGH. You only find it mentioned on milk without it.
You don’t need to know that commercially grown strawberries can have residue of up to 13 different pesticides on them.
You don’t need to know that in order to “water” the plants, workers need to wear hazardous material suits “to protect them”.
From what?! Aren’t they supposed to be “watering”?
The bees are dying due to the use of GMO seeds for growing crops.
Monarch butterflies are affected by GMO corn crops. You can hardly find non-gmo corn anymore, even then, I’d question it. Same with soy and soy products.
If you read food labels, you may have noticed high fructose corn syrup products appears in nearly all processed foods.
What about additives, preservatives, FD&C color dyes for food, drugs and cosmetics (FD&C means that it has been approved for use in food, drugs and cosmetics) and who knows what else they put into products. How many of us read a label, see a list of 40 or so ingredients, glaze over it and buy the product anyway?
Those aren’t “cherries” on your cherry danish from that favorite fast food place, but a “cherry-like” substance with full cherry flavor. Read it.
Leave the products on the shelves! Drive by fast food, you and your family devserve better.
How can we make a change?
With our purchasing power and the decisions we make. Learn to make some of the “processed” food we buy at home; pickles, condiments, sauces, salad dressings, mayonnaise there are so many easy things to learn.
When we buy food that has come from a long distance from where we stand, we pay for that in more than money. When we buy those products, we no longer support our local economies. That money goes back to where the product came from or was produced.
Cassie explains this in her TEDx talk. I suggest when you are finished reading this post, go get a cup of coffee, glass of tea or whatever refreshing beverage you want, come back and watch Cassie Parsons talk. There’s a link at the end of this post and only about 18 minutes long. It will make you think.
It will empower you and implore you to do something too. When you process your own condiments and other food, you know your ingredients, you know what you are serving; you know ALL the ingredients and the quality used.
Yo wont find pink slime in your burgers if you grind your own meat, you won’t find bone scrapings and other left over bits if you learn to make your own fresh sausage.
If you do this right, you also know who raised the pig and get the casings from the same farmer.
If you make your own pickles, know the farmer who grew the cucumbers. There are farmers markets in nearly every city on nearly every day of the week. There is no reason not to find one and use them.
Beyond benefits of local foods, you gain the benefit of a stronger local economy, a stronger social community, which leads to great places to live and raise families. Why? Because you know who is growing your food, what they are growing and how. You share things, trade things, eat healthier, you build a better community.
Your health will be infinitely better. My grandfather used to tell me you can grow it yourself, pay the farmer, or pay the big grocery stores and then pay the hospital bills. He grew all his vegetables and raised a large family with fresh bread, fresh fish and good food.
If we decide to make our own processed foods (yes, there is a learning curve) we can have an impact on big food profit. If products sit on the shelves, if people stop buying them, it will have an impact on profits, which would get BCF attention.
Maybe then, Monsanto and other companies would listen to “Please No GMO!”
Watch this, out of the mouths of babes, the young people get it and it scares them.
If everyone learned just one thing they could make, make enough to share with neighbors, swap, make things together and share. This is not only about building our health, but community and quality of life.
We don’t have to feel helpless or voiceless in this food crisis. We have a choice. WE can do something, each and every one of us.
Ask questions about the food you buy.
Support local farmers.
Learn to make basic condiments, with a group and share.
Start a pickling group or whatever. Make food about people, health and community again; take the profit away from Big Corporate Food.
Stop the apathy and get involved, your health depends on it.
Here’s Cassie’s talk below