What do these 3 things have in common…

Today, I read 2 articles & watched a documentary.

Why Our Food is Making Us Fat

Chicken Exposé: A Chicken Is NOT Just a “Chicken”

Corn King Documentary

What do you supposed these 3 things have in common? For starters our food industry, or rather the American food industry. How nutrition & safety of our food is being compromised by farming co-ops who are more concerned with their bottom line then the health of the animals & quality of food that’s being produced. It’s really quite extraordinary what they’ve gotten away with, and how the general public is completely blind to what’s going on. The food industry wouldn’t create food that wasn’t safe for us to eat, that would be criminal! Indeed it is.

I’m not sure exactly how in-line with these practices Canada is, but I can bet we’re not that far from what our American cousins are doing. We are facing high instances of obesity, diabetes, cancer, etc etc etc and no one has stopped to think that maybe the food we’re being fed has anything to do with it? Reading the articles & watching the documentary (which you will have to rent or purchase) your eyes will be opened to how we are killing ourselves & our children with the foods we are lead to believe are safe & nutritional. I’m not just talking about McDonalds & pop people start reading your labels! There are so many things that shouldn’t be in our food but are.

In the book I’m currently reading, Clean by Alejandro Junger, M.D, he talks about grass fed free range cows vs grain(read corn) fed, feed lot cows. Grass fed cows are a source of Omega-3 Fatty Acids and grain fed cows are not. Omega-3 Fatty Acids!!! Not just found in fish, it’s naturally occurring in cattle when they are left to develop as nature intended. Cows did not evolve to feed on corn, it’s much too acidic and as mentioned in the King Corn documentary, if they weren’t sent to slaughter by 6 month point, they wouldn’t live much longer then that anyway because the feed containing corn is killing them. Not a word-for-word quote but all the important parts are there.

So what can we possibly do about this?

Support your local farmers that are just as concerned about the health of their livestock & the quality of the food they produce. Big corporate farms are pushing them out of the picture and soon the farms we grew up with will be gone. I don’t know how many times I’ve said this, but I will continue to say this… VOTE WITH YOUR MONEY! You can make a difference immediately… the more we buy ethical food the more we drive up the demand for it, the more they have to provide it to us. The problem in the States right now is that people can’t afford to buy real food, the crap the food industry is peddling is cheaper therefore more people are buying it which drives up the demand etc etc etc. I realize my dear readers are smart, educated people and you can see where this is going.

I’d very much like to start listing Canadian alternatives to big corporate farms & feed lots so please, PLEASE share your sources if you have any. Be it the farmer down the road from you, someone at you’re local farmer’s market or a local company focused on making the food industry better.

Thanks for reading

Juniper

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  1. Sherri
    June 13, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    I am proud to say we support local farmers, and do our homework when it comes to sourcing our produce and meat. We visit our local farmers market weekly to stock up on meat and organic produce. We refuse to buy store bought meat; though we pay more, we know the animals were treated kindly, and fed as nature intended (and therefore healthy for us). I picked up a listing from a local organics store, and I was happy to find there are quite a few farms in southern Alberta that have ethical and environmentally-friendly farming methods, and who care about what we are eating. They even list their home phone numbers, and allow you to visit their farms and see what they are all about. I feel like I’ve gone back to the 70’s, when you knew the farmer you bought your eggs from. I am in my glory!

    • June 13, 2012 at 11:30 pm

      Could you maybe pass along their info? Thanks!

  2. Sherri
    June 15, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    We buy the majority of our meats from:

    TLC Farms (www.tlcfarms.ca) They are very nice to deal with, and though they are not ‘certified’ organic, they are very kind to their animals and they follow organic practices, and you can eat their products knowing you’re not ingesting hormones, chemcials, and antibiotics.

    Our other favourite is Scott and Rachael MacPherson (www.macphersonmeats.com). They raise and feed their animals the way nature intended. They also never leave their animals on a truck overnight, or in a feedlot for days, waiting to be slaughtered. Their animals are butchered the same day they’re loaded up (I refuse to eat meat that travelled on a truck for 3 days, in 30+ weather or -30 weather, being urinated on and deficated on by other animals, and being straved and frightened before being slaughtered (and don’t even get me started on the inhumane practices at commercial slaughter houses!)

    Though you pay more buying your meat, eggs and produce from these small farms, you can eat knowing you’re not ingesting harmful hormones and chemicals, and knowing the animals were treated well, and knowing your food didn’t travel (and suffer) for days on a truck. I bet if people educated themselves on the harm of feed that is laden with herbicides and pesticides, meat that is loaded with growth hormones and antibiotics, and how harmful grain-fred meat is to human health, the large majority would start supporting their local farmers who CARE about the earth and her creatures. Commercial operations are ruining the earth AND our health at the same time.

    We feel good about eating humane products, and buying them from people who care. It is pretty cool to be able to visit the farms our products come from, and see how well the animals are treated, and how the earth is respected.

    Buy locally and support our small farms!!

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