Last night we watched the documentary "Food, Inc." Basically, it is a film that was made to inform the American people where our food originates. From the raising of the animal to the grocery store. It was VERY eye opening.
Most people (myself) have absolutely no idea of the filth we have been eating and serving to our most precious. The meat! The meat is the biggest nightmare! Cows, chickens, and pigs that are injected with tons of antibiotics, steroids, and animal byproducts. They stand around in their own droppings all day. Chickens should normally take 79 days to mature before processing are injected with hormones to grow faster (about a month) and to grow very large breast (because the people like to eat white meat). Many die because the internal organs cannot keep up with the rapid growth (it is unnatural growth). Then the processing plants wash the chickens in ammonia.
Can you imagine the effect that these chemicals are having on our bodies when we eat these products day after day. America is saturated with cancer, diabetes, and obesity. It seems to me, that our food is the problem. Not just the over eating, it is WHAT we are eating.
Cows, did you know that cows should only be eating grass. When a cow eats a diet of grass, the grass in the stomach kills the bacteria e-coli. But these mass producing beef farms are feeding the cows corn (makes the cow larger than a normal grass fed cow) and more prone to e-coli. In the film, there is a heartbreaking story about the death of a child because he ate a e-coli contaminated fast food hamburger. The beef company knew the meat was contaminated and didn't recall it for seventeen days. The little boy died in eleven. Cows should be pastured and fed a grass and hay diet. Not raised in mud and manure and fed a diet of corn and chemicals.
Fast food, you really don't want to know what you have eaten if you've ever gone through a drive through. Animal meat fillers.....I'll just leave it at that. (It sickens me to know how many times I have fed this to my children.)
What can we do???? First, get informed. Rent this film. Shop local produce markets and farmer's markets. SUPPORT your local organic farmers. Yes, it is going to cost you a little more to eat cleaner. Eat less meat and when you eat meat, buy organic or Greenwise meat. I started this a week ago. Publix Greenwise meat is more expensive but I would rather know what my family is eating is clean and NOT filled with poison. Buy organic in season produce. Much of the out of season produce in grocery stores has been sprayed with a gas to make it look fresh.
Grow a backyard garden. This is inexpensive and very rewarding in many ways. Good healthy grown fruits and veggies! Plus the added bonus of family time working together. Make it a family mission to work the earth. God will provide and reward your efforts. Our family began gardening years ago, and we love it so much. Every year our garden gets bigger and bigger.
Listen, until last week, I had never purchased an ORGANIC product. I thought organic was a marketing label to justify the mark-up price of produce. My eyes have been opened to the importance of eating clean food. This has really derailed my coupon/frugal way of shopping. I will be reworking my menus and grocery list with little to no processed foods and more of the good stuff. I figure by not eating out because restaurants use large quantities of these mass produced meat products (scary) we will be saving about forty dollars a week. Adding that to the grocery budget, we should probably come out about the same budget wise.
Please see this film and make an informed decision about what you eat. America needs a food revolution! If Americans change our eating/buying habits the food producers will have to change their ways. Somewhere, they LOST their way. BIG TIME! We have a say. Three meals a day!