I just finished reading Organic Manifesto: How Organic Farming Can Heal Our Planet, Feed the World and Keep Us Safe by Maria Rodale, granddaughter of J.I. Rodale. This book confirms much of what I have been thinking for quite some time now. My eyes have been opened more to the changes that we need to make in our food system. Check this book out from your local library and read it if you want to learn more.
I believe that the rise in cancer, diabetes, asthma, earlier puberty in children, and so many other ailments and physical afflictions are prevalent in America because of processed foods, factory farming, and chemical farming.
Americans want cheap, quick, convenient tasty food. Unfortunately, we have gotten what we want. And it is killing us.
Have you watched Food, Inc.? The World According to Monsanto? Supersize Me? Or read any of Michael Pollan’s books? If not, I encourage you to do so. I believe it will help to change the way you think about the food you purchase.
Even WalMart has realized that consumers are leaning toward purchasing healthier products and has gotten on the organic bandwagon. I have done some price comparisons in area stores — Target Supercenter, Dillons, and WalMart — WalMart does have lower prices on a good percentage of organic foodstuffs in our area.
Now that it is summer, I am growing some of my own food — tomatoes, herbs, eggplant, cucumbers, green beans and zucchini. I buy eggs either at the farm market or from a source I know to be humane. If you have not purchased any “organic” “cage free” “antibiotic and hormone free” eggs, I encourage you to find some. The yolks are brighter and there really is a difference in taste — most supermarket eggs, like tomatoes in the winter, are devoid of flavor. I go to the local farm market every Saturday morning to purchase vegetables and fruit, and an occasional pie.
Through the use of chemicals, we are not only poisoning our land, our food, and our animals, we are letting ourselves be slowly poisoned also.
I am against the use of antibiotics and hormones in raising animals for food. I am opposed to factory farming practices. I am opposed to the use of pesticides in growing food. I am opposed to GMOs.
We may believe that we have little voice in changing the way things are done, but we can vote with our dollars. By making healthy purchases, we show the corporations what we as consumers want. Dillons tracks what you purchase when you use your Plus card every week. Every store’s computer system records what consumers purchase. Use your dollars and your buying power to make a difference to your health, your family’s health, and the planet.