Food and Farming Part 6

I decided to repost these posts as I believe they are important and need to be shared to raise people’s awareness of the food we eat and where it comes from.

So, are there any solutions to eating industrial food? Yes, and here are some.

The first would be, if at all possible, plant a garden, grow your own. I realize this isn’t possible for many. Many do not have space, live in apartments in a city, and for other valid reasons. Maybe you never planted or grew anything in your life and are not interested in learning or you don’t have the time and energy.

The next solution would be to visit your local farmers market if there is one close by. Buy directly from natural growers of which there are many and their numbers are increasing most everywhere. We are fortunate that where we live we have year ‘round access to fresh produce and locally grown free range meats and are able to buy directly from or once removed the local growers. As I say, we are very fortunate.

But if you live in an area where farmers markets aren’t available, check for local food co-ops which will generally stock organic produce. Also, there is the Natural Grocers chain available throughout the midwest and west. There is Whole Foods Market. And I’m pretty sure there may be other natural food stores depending on your locale. And, lastly, most large chains now have organic sections.

Of course, like everything, it boils down to economics. Be for-warned, natural foods are generally more expensive than industrial foods. There’s a reason for that, and as the saying goes, “you get what you pay for”. That can certainly be a factor for many depending on one’s food budget. But consider that a healthy strong body can be well worth the extra cost. What is the cost of illness? 

I might add that, the more folks who buy organic meats and produce, the more one supports the sustainable organic growers and the less profit is then given to the industrial farmers and the Big Ag thugs. Once a critical mass is attained, we can all hope that all food production might once again have the goal to produce clean healthy food for every one and hopefully bankrupt the corporate giants.

I will have one more post, so keep checking in . . .

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Food and Farming Part 5

I’m republishing my blog on Industrial Farming. Stay tuned for more reblogs.

 I would classify most food in an modern supermarket as being produced by what I like to call, “Industrial Farming”. Rather than the mom and pop farms of fifty years ago where food was produced in a sustainable more organic process as I described earlier, today’s food is essentially produced in massive scale, much of it processed with most all natural vitamins and minerals removed in the process. Read the labels on your cereal boxes and see how vitamins and minerals are added. Why add something if the food already naturally has such ingredients naturally?

Being processed or not, corn and soy products are all laced with the petroleum based fertilizers, and chemically produced pesticides and herbicides, all of which transfers down the food chain. 

An aside here, most all ground water in Iowa is now not safe for consumption. What I have read is that around 80% of all private wells are laced with previously mentioned fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides. Swimming in or eating fish from Iowa lakes and streams is not recommended. So why is it then that food would be safe for human consumption? Two years before we moved from Iowa to Colorado, we hooked into the regional water line that had made it to our part of the county, even though we had a good well that supplied all our needs. When we listed our property, one of the first things prospective buyers asked was about where our water came from.

Beef, pork, and poultry are raised and finished in confined spaces. Hogs and poultry generally never see the sun since they are confined in cages from when they are weaned until they travel to the packing plants. In order to keep disease from running rampant in these cramped quarters, they are fed copious amounts of antibiotics which transfers down the food chain to the human consumers which can and does hinder antibiotics when administered to humans because humans have become immune from consuming it through the meat they eat. Confined livestock are also fed growth hormones for faster weight gain. What these animals ingest and transfer to humans cannot be a good thing. Bon Apétit.

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