Remember your school days, learning about how our republic works, wondering at the checks and balances of a system that consists of Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches to ensure that government more closely represents its people? Me too. But, I often wonder if I missed the day in Civics class when teacher covered the Fourth Branch of Government, you know, the Corporate Branch!
If you are not already concerned about Monsanto’s choke hold on the Federal Government and how it impacts our food supply and environment, then read this: EPA Wants More Herbicides On Your Food. Then, you may be just as irritated as I am right now.
Eat organic, and vote with your dollar, if you don’t fancy cancerous chemicals on YOUR carrots.
That’s a damned good question, one we tend to think about alot if watching the old waistline. As someone who spends a lot of time at a gym, and a lot of money on healthy organic foods, I thought this may be of interest. Enjoy!
So, do you think Whipsaw Willard, the peanut butter and honey pita lover, eats the food he supports with his policies? Well, the missus does; atleast according to this 2002 profile of Ann Romney from the Worcester (Mass.) Telegram & Gazette:
“Mrs. Romney was introduced to several practitioners of holistic medicine, who persuaded her to adopt alternative therapies. She now eats organic foods and very little meat. She practices reflexology and undergoes acupuncture treatments. She credits the lifestyle with turning her health around.” Continue reading →
Below is an email from Meg Bohne of Consumers Union, who created a petition on SignOn.org, the nonprofit site that allows anyone to start their own online petition. If you have concerns or feedback about this petition,click here.
Dear MoveOn member,
Antibiotics are pumped into cows, chickens and pigs so they can survive in cramped, filthy feedlots and to make them grow faster. The more antibiotics our livestock eat, the more drug-resistant bacteria become, putting us at risk from deadly “superbugs.” Continue reading →
The World Health Organization defines food security as having three facets: food availability, food access, and food use. Food availability is having available sufficient quantities of food on a consistent basis. Food access is having sufficient resources, both economic and physical, to obtain appropriate foods for a nutritious diet. More United States citizens need food assistance to feed themselves and their children than ever before. Continue reading →
I personally believe Concentrated Animal Feedlot Operations (CAFO) are immoral, stupidly greedy, and ultimately unhealthy for all involved. From the suffering of the sick animals in horrific conditions, the filth and toxic waste these feed lots generate, to the health problems caused by consuming the flesh of factory farmed creatures– where do we find an upside? Immediate profit for big Agro corporations, yes, but years of problems and fallout for the rest of us. And it gets worse! I believe more problems will arise on the microscopic front, namely antibiotic resistant super-bugs to terrorize us in the not so distant future. I buy organic and/or antibiotic free meat whenever possible, and I recommend you check out the latest nugget at Mother Jones: Vaccines on Chicken Farms Create Supervirus | Mother Jones.
Since no one running for political office this year is going to touch this issue of food safety and inaccurate labeling of meat with a ten foot pole, I will be the one to tell you: You do not have to rely on the USDA to rubber stamp the safety of your food. Those of us who relied on the USDA for consumer protection and accurate information, were shocked at the recent news stories regarding the widespread practice of adding pink slime, or lean finely textured beef, as a filler to ground beef in the meat industry. With the chummy way USDA inspectors and high level officials behave with the very people they are supposed to keep a close eye on, one wonders what the next nasty discovery will be? Continue reading →