Is it just me or does it seem like there are a lot of things that have been hidden regarding our food supplies. We used to go shopping, buy a trusted brand name, and think we were making smart choices for our families.
Sure there were probably always the occasional tainting of food - the finger at Wendy's, salmonella scares, metal shards in shakes.....I remember these things. But now we hear there is pink slime in the meat. Hormones in everything, making our precious little girls turn to women much earlier. We have more allergies, sensitivities and reactions to food than ever before. We are obese as a nation, all for the sake of convenience. Does any body else think this is normal? Coincidence?
If that doesn't rattle your shopping bag, then think about this - many brands are charging the same price for less product - sure - they haven't raised their prices, no. They just gave you less. Remember when it was a pound of coffee, not 12oz?
So what do we do about it? How do we stop the madness? Well, I think the old supply and demand theory will apply. More and more consumers are demanding organic, locally sourced produce, humanely raised meats, going to Whole Foods and signing up for CSA's. Ask questions, read labels. Avoid those establishments not willing to share the ingredients or change their ways.....remember the story about a famous fast food chain that was caught raising pork in deplorable conditions? Or that coffee chain charging more for smaller quantities of coffee? Enough of us protested, and they bent. They changed their ways. We need to do good by our bellies, our families and this planet. Think about it. If we support local farms, the carbon foot print of transport is lowered, cost can be lowered, local businesses thrive, the taste and nutrition of farm grown food is much improved. Without pesticides, hormones and other "pink slimes" our children will be healthier, food will taste better on the dinner table. Obesity just might go down a bit, if we are eating more fruits and veggies and fewer ho-hos and chips. Kids might recognize broccoli in a lineup and try new things if they get to pick their own (I've seen this happen actually).
Even if you don't get to the farm, be smarter in the grocery store. Ask questions. Think before you eat. We will all be better off for it. Are you in?