Keeping up on the events in the world of food and food politics can be a dizzying proposition because there are so many issues in our food system needing our support and attention. And there are only so many hours in a day to address the issues.
But I believe that collectively we can make a huge difference by being mindful to avoid buying products and supporting corporations and other efforts that are not sustainable, supporting sustainable farms, and spreading the word to educate other people. Each one of us has a role to play in changing the way people think about food. Some people simply don’t understand all the issues or are unaware, and that’s what the job of activism is all about – to make people aware.
Please take the time to read and become involved in food issues. They affect everyone and will adversely affect our future if we don’t take a stand and become active. Support your local farmers who use sustainable practices and understand the control and power large food corporations and the FDA have on what we eat, our food supply as a whole, and the future of our health on this planet. Our children deserve a bright future, so put your efforts, dollars, and voice toward food freedom for everyone.
Here is my list of 11 important current items in sustainable food news:
- Dr. Huber’s warning to the USDA about a pathogen and a link between Roundup Ready and a possible link between Roundup Ready (GMO) corn and soybeans, and dangerous reproductive problems in livestock as well as widespread crop failure. Read the research, watch the interview, and sign the letter telling the Obama administration to cease putting through genetically-modified technology into our food supply.
- FDA Farm raids – as we continue in the farm raids saga, learn about how our government is busting down the farm gates with weapons drawn and threatening to take away the livelihood of honest, family farmers dedicated to producing healthy food for their customers. Only in America can we count on government officials to protect large corporations who repeatedly make recall lists with their products and spend our tax dollars so foolishly to shut down those who care enough to produce real food. Also, read this post about how the FDA claims the power to seize goods without provocation of contamination.
- Grassfed on the Hill Rally for Farm Freedom – if you are going to be in the Washington D.C. area on May 16th, don’t miss this rally to help support local, sustainable farmers and their efforts to continue to be able to produce and sell real food.
- GMOs are a constant threat to our food supply and cause many health issues to those consuming them – allergies, liver problems, infertility, create super-viruses through destruction of beneficial bacteria, are nutrient-depleting, cancer-causing, degrade the soil and land, and with continued use will lead to mass crop destruction and hunger. Read this informative article by Judith McGeary which talks about the inherent dangers of these organisms in our food supply and how our government continues to allow these substances in farm products without information or labeling, leaving many consumers uninformed about the foods they consume. And, watch this informative video from Jeffery Smith at the Institute for Responsible Technology.
- Coca-Cola and BPA – The world-famous soft-drink company synonymous with all things American has decided not to ban the use of BPA in their soft drink cans because executives don’t believe there are any health issues connected with BPA in our food supply. Oh really? How about diabetes, heart disease, endocrine disruption and thyroid problems and early onset puberty in young girls? Although many people who visit sustainable food sites don’t consume Coca-Cola products, it’s important to spread the word about not consuming them to those we know and love so that our soils and groundwater don’t also continue to be riddled with BPA.
- Tainted meat - there are so many stories in the weekly news about contaminated meat, it’s hard to know which one to read. Many people believe fast-food restaurants are the bottom of the barrel when it comes to food quality, but the reality is – nowadays you can order up a serving of pathogenic just about anywhere – most restaurants, schools, the grocery store, hospitals, universities, prisons, and even your own kitchen. Jeff Benedict’s book Poisoned tells an unfortunate tale about a family’s loss of their child who ate fast food from Jack-in-the-Box.
- Food price increases – over the last couple of years we have been hearing and reading that food prices will skyrocket, and I think it’s safe to say that time is now. It’s more important now more than ever that we abandon our habits of purchasing foods from grocery stores and start supporting local farmers for as much as possible. Not only are the majority of food prices increasing, but many of those foods people are eating are nutritionally bankrupt to begin with. So, paying even more for already expensive, processed foods that are depleted of anything good should seem unthinkable. Get the most bang for your buck – on the front and back end of your budget – by purchasing foods from sustainable producers.
- Creating healthy, sustainable communities – making the sustainable food system work is all about grass-roots and starting in your own community. Don’t wait to plant a garden, buy from local sustainable farmers, make food at home from scratch, and organize events that promote awareness and sustainability in your own area. If you are wondering how you can make a difference, start today to create your own movement and have a positive effect on the lives and health of those you love and care about by reading how a family in Ohio does that very thing in their own community.
- Food industry versus the sustainable food movement – yes, it’s true. One of the biggest enemies of sustainable food and farming is the corporate food industry. That’s because everything we do stands for – supporting small farms and keeping smaller communities alive with jobs and healthy food – would effectively shut their companies down. Anna Lappe, author of Diet For a Hot Planet, The Climate Crisis at The End of Your Fork and What You Can Do About It discusses the effects of what I like to refer to as industrial overheating – factory farms, which contribute as much as 1/3 of carbon gases that have a negative effect on our environment. Yet more good reasons to buy food sustainable and local!
- Basics that everyone should buy organic – although we can’t always buy everything green and organic, if you have to pick and choose, I think this is a fantastic place to start and a good list of things that are essential to buy organic. Beef, milk, foods in containers that are safe and don’t leach toxic chemicals like BPA are high on my personal list, and I’m hoping to someday in the near future ditch my toxic, commercial mattress for a safe, organic one (that one will take some building up in the old piggy bank, but I think it’s worth it). Also, here are 3 simple tips for going organic in your food too.
- Human breast milk from cows – It’s the latest and greatest development from bio-technology. By introducing human genes into cows to give them the “same properties” as human breast milk. If this isn’t sick and wrong, I don’t know what is. This is genetic modification at its worst and yet one more reason to not buy milk from commercial sources. The goal is to supposedly boost the immune system of people, but I’m certain that what will come out in later years if this is allowed to continue are health problems the scientific community were unable to expect. Why not just breast feed your own child and eat a healthy diet with traditional fats or feed your child home-made formula using these recipes from the Weston A. Price Foundation? And here’s a video from Sarah The Healthy Home Economist.
After reading these articles, if you haven’t already, I hope you feel inspired and motivated to change your eating and buying habits. It’s time to put more of our money and support to the businesses that are going to make the most impact on our future – sustainable farmers.
This post is part of Sarah The Healthy Home Economist’s Monday Mania Carnival. Please visit her site and read the other great posts shared there.