…a one-pound box of California-produced organic lettuce – that contains 80 food calories – requires 4,600 calories of fossil fuel to process and ship to the East Coast.
Know your food origin!
ood safety as well as food origin is a grave concern facing us today. Until recently, we took pride in having exotic foods from all over the world in our local store. Now we realize the true environmental cost of this grandiose lifestyle.
Eat Locally – It Is The Only Solution
Few things could be more basic than what we put into our bodies. Corn is the most heavily subsidized U.S. crop. It has successfully changed the diets in the U.S. of both humans and animals. Of all that feedlot cows eat, the most destructive is corn, which tends to damage their livers. Corn-fed cows become sick as a matter of course, and are given drugs, a fact accepted by the industry.
Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food. – Hippocrates
The Department of Agriculture has the responsibility to assure our food is safe but the burden of checking imported foods lies with the FDA. Inspectors claim that only about 10% of imported food is actually inspected for safety before it is mixed into the national retail food distribution system.
Hepatitis in Imported Berries
An outbreak of Hepatitis A
in the southwest in 2015 was traced back to imported frozen berries. Hepatitis A contamination, according to the CDC, “usually occurs when an infected food handler prepares food without appropriate hand hygiene.” In this case, the culprit seems to be pomegranate seeds from Turkey.
This comes at a time when food borne illnesses from transported food are increasing
, according to a report from the CDC. To switch from domestically-grown food products, which provide jobs for Americans, to imported food of dubious quality and safety makes no sense at all. Unfortunately, that is exactly what we are doing when we accept food from nations that simply do not have our high standards for food inspection. Especially beware of foods imported from China
In 2011, Congress passed the Food Safety Modernization Act. This was an important measure to improve the safety concerns stemming from imported food. Signing the bill, however, is not enough. The measures required therein need to be implemented, and this has proven more difficult than anticipated
Not Enough Money!
Health begins with wholesome home grown food
The biggest obstacle is funding. By spending food dollars over seas we are increasing the burden on agencies designed to protect our health. The FDA has had to tighten its belt, along with many other state and federal agencies. The wide-sweeping measures meant to protect us are, for the time being, no more than words on paper. It is interesting to me that outsourcing food because of our commitment to other countries and their economy has put unforeseen stress on our own farmers
Take More Responsibility
What we need in this country is a commitment to American jobs, and the food industry is no exception. A system that impoverishes American producers to the benefit of foreign food growers with contaminated products is ludicrous. Even the weak steps taken to assure the safety of the imported goods, steps which fall far short of protecting the American jobs lost, have stalled due to funding issues, and may soon be invalidated anyway.
The Old Victory Garden
Plant a garden and preserve your health
With a small plot of land and a willingness to get a bit dirty, a family of four can produce enough tomatoes, cucumbers, beans and squash on a 25 x 30 foot piece of land to satisfy a large portion of their fresh diet. There was a time when home economics classes taught young people how to procure and preserve food to carry them through hard times. At the present time, advertising
directs our attention to convenience, freshness, appeal
and low cost with little attention paid to nutrition. General Mills (founded in 1866) is now marketing itself as a “food pacaking
company” where it was once a “food processing company.” They take no responsibility for what is in the package. I present to you today that we are entering hard times for having healthy food!
Focus At Home
Of course all of us cannot grow ALL our food but local coop
and organic buying clubs
are becoming the norm rather than the exception. In Oregon and the Northwest a family owned and operated company Azure Standard
provides over 12,000 “beyond organic” foods produced in the US. Also, farmers’ markets are rapidly popping up throughout the country. A farmers’ market is a physical retail market
featuring foods sold directly by farmers
to consumers in their local area. Farmers’ markets typically consist of booths, tables or stands, outdoors or indoors, where farmers sell fruits, vegetables, meats, and sometimes prepared foods and beverages. They are distinguished from public markets
, which are generally housed in permanent structures, open year-round, and offer a variety of non-farmer/producer vendors, packaged foods and non-food products. Even some national grocery chains are touting more locally grown organic foods. Let’s hope this continues.
Food Supplements to the Rescue
If all food and supplement companies were forward thinking it would be a small matter to insure a healthy food supply. The careful measures taken by premium companies to insure purity, potency and safety is revolutionary in the supplement industry. Is it any wonder that those of us who take steps to grow food can supplement with products we know to work – without compromise. While supplements are designed like parachutes we must choose our food, like airplanes to trust with our lives.
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