A Brit, a Yank and a Kitchen

Thursday, September 21

What Happened to Real Food?

I've been reading a book called Real Food, and it has catapulted me into a keen interest in.. well.. REAL foods... and our complete lack of access to it!

So much of it is treated like a drug trade.... deviants meeting at exits off of highways, or at gas station parking lots.... exchanging the contraband that is raw dairy. Why is it that buying or selling a natural foodstuff, that since the dawn of time has been our natural right... is now a crime? Stories of armed inspectors raiding raw dairy farms as though they were drug labs, farmers being treated as nothing more than crack dealers, run rampant..

Then, meats we humans have been eating for centuries... foie gras, horse.. both recently seeing bans across the country all in the name of "animal rights". But wait.... as an example many of the horses consumed were pet horses or retired race horses who were on their way to their end anyways. These animals for the most part lived healthy lives, were able to run and graze. Why waste? Is that the better end? Sure, I agree it sounds cruel to put poor old Blackie on the dinner plate... but his life was probably by far a better one than that of the chickens who are caged so tightly together that their beaks must be lopped off to keep them from pecking eachother... or the highly intelligent pigs, who's natural instinct is to dig and roll in earth... are intstead caged over hard cold concrete. Cows milked so dry that their skin hangs from their bodies, never even seeing the light of day.... It makes one wonder what is REALLY the driving force here. Why is the government telling us what we can and can eat? They tell us it is for our own health, for ethical and moral reasons... but if that is so why is nothing done about the mass meat farms? Why then do I have the choice to eat nothing but McWhoppers my entire life? Concerned for my health indeed....

Not to mention the industry that is mass produced produce. I've learned that it is near impossible to find farm co-ops in my area... simply because local farmers have been run out... farmers who's families have been farming for centuries now have to turn to something else, as there is no competition for the giant that is the big industrial farms producing and shipping unripened produce to your local walmart. why pay $1 for that floret of broccoli, rasied lovingly in rich soil, picked at its peak, full of nutrition and flavor from a local farm... when you can get a something that looks like broccoli and kinda tastes like broccoli, grown in poor sick soil, ripped from the earth by some great machine long before it should be - shipped to where you can buy it at your local supertore for 20 cents?? It might not be as nutritious, or tastey, but it fills you up, and thats what matters most right? Seems like thats all that matters anymore.


Blogger wheresmymind said...

I really enjoyed reading "Fast Food Nation"...great book...sorta scary though

11:24 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

Lea what a great post. All this crap going on sure makes you wonder about the minds of those in charge.

1:50 PM  
Anonymous said...

We're watching you... and you are walking a very thin line here missy!

11:32 AM  
Anonymous Ros said...

Very interesting post, Lea.

I've always been a bit annoyed by that kind of inconsistency in morals. Like you say, ill treatment of 'food animals' is fine but eating horse isn't.

I don't think I've ever had 'real' milk before. I've been told its amazing and much better than pasteurised.

11:57 AM  

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