Thursday, October 8, 2009

Transparent Food

Corporate transparency doesn't start or stop just with food prices. It is more about the "system" and how our food is properly grown, processed, labeled, shipped and marketed. Actually, it is more about how the system is broken, and consumers (like you and I) that care, will find out the truth.

Let's start with chickens and corn. For a juicy, inside look into the hazardous, toxic environments, I recommend watching Food, Inc. It is a documentary that showcases the unflattering events that have led to America's corporate controlled food industry. We want breasts, right? Big, white, meaty breasts from chickens. The last time, I checked a chicken should not be so fat it can't walk, should not be sleeping or walking in it's own feces and definitely should not be treated like a "bug in a jar" without proper care, light, food or water. But if you'd like to eat an animal that mistakes it's own poop for food, then by all means you can surely eat that "type" of protein if you'd like.

And actually, I enjoy meat! Beef burgers, chicken tortillas, fish tacos, etc. However, the critical factor is that my life should not be a gamble when I eat food that is processed by unregulated laws. Why can't I determine if my chicken is from Ohio or from China or Brazil? Why can't I read on a simple label like my cereal that my chicken or beef was fed naturally and raised naturally knowing that I won't get E.Coli or die from virulent strain of O157:H7. In our nation, this contamination has led to the recall of beef in 3,000 grocers in 41 states due to numerous deaths of our simple staple. May I remind you we had this with spinach, tomatoes, jalapenos, and what is next? What can I eat safely?

Do your part to be educated, informed, buy local, choose local and push for reform that puts the power of eating safe foods back in the hands of consumers, and not at the table of greedy corporate board members and executives. From barn to bowl, or pasture to plate, we have a choice to eat healthy, reduce our obesity epidemic, get off the sugar/fat cycle and eat wholesome meat and potatoes just like before with a smile on our face. Not a frown from being poisoned...

Source: NY Times, E.Coli news
Image: Trendwatching, 2009

3 comments:

paul scott said...

I try to eat locally grown food as much as possible, and even though I avoid meat, I do occasionally have chicken. Ultimately, this is an issue of overpopulation. With 6.5 billion, and growing, the planet cannot sustain such a population without resorting to treating animals in an horrific manner on corporate farms.

Support family planning. Support Planned Parenthood.

vinniekowalski said...

How about going further up the chain and enhancing eucation opportunities, especially for women? More educated women around the world equals decreased birth rates and higher GDP.

Of course, the World Bank is a little suspect in itself (see The Shick Doctrine by Naomi Klein), here they're probably right.

paul scott said...

Vinnie is absolutely right. In every study that's looked at how education changes a society, the more the women and girls are educated, the lower the birth rate. Educating females is crucial to any successful population campaign.

To correct a minor typo, it's "Shock" Doctrine by Naomi Klein. A fantastic book, I highly recommend it.