How Would You Change Food in 2010?

| 1/4/2010 10:08:58 AM

Healthy Food
It’s a new year, fresh with new possibilities. There are many reasons to be optimistic about 2010, but it doesn’t come without its challenges. This year, we need to take a hard look at our food system, identify the problems, and make the changes necessary to ensure that safe, healthy food is available to all. We need to overhaul our school lunch program, and eliminate the use of growth hormones in dairy operations. Let’s crack down on pollution from industrial farms, and improve living conditions for the animals within them. It’s a tall order, I know. But it can happen, if we continue to make our voices heard.

What changes would you like to see made to our food and agriculture system this year?

Jennifer Webb_2
1/28/2010 5:00:37 PM

Great posts everyone. Michelle, thank you for your post especially, I agree. I also think, though, that without the mass public understanding what they are being robbed of, and demanding mass change, it will never happen. Industrial agriculture is huge, so many of these corporations embedded into our universities(funding) government agencies, etc. that the individual is easily squashed with threats of lawsuit for defamation(Oprah vs Beef industry). The American public must demand more. They must demand better products, such as grass fed beef, pasture raised, not feedlot finished even. Dairies need to be overhauled, which won't go over easily. Scientific research for bovine, other ruminant pathogens should be pursued to work to either eradicate or vaccinate against diseases such as Johnes from cattle. If we can create more healthy environments for our dairy cattle to live, and minimize pathogens, then the public might be in a position to consider relearning about raw milk. I understand this might be too much to hope for. However all the cases of people who drink raw milk who have ailments from allergies to more serious illnesses who have documented improvement of their health should be shared. I think it may be time to push for a new look at the studies that have already been done and educate the public of what they are missing. This could cause the local small farmer to become important. CSAs, localvore and home gardens need to gain in popularity! Plant food not grass!

1/24/2010 10:20:24 PM

Stop bringing in peaches, grapes, cherries in the middle of winter! The fun of seasonal produce has been ruined. There is not looking forward to the joy of the "insert name of your favorite fruit here" season. Read the End of Overeating by Dr David Kessler. He explains why we eat when we are full: the money grabbing corporations have figured out how to mess with our dopamine.

Pat P
1/6/2010 10:03:45 PM

Food additives are having a huge negative impact on the health and well being of all people. Those additives start with the chemical fertilizers used to grow our food and are compounded by the addition of chemicals to preserve and enhance processed foods. For the past 2 year I have been working to eliminate processed foods from our diet. We especially are trying to address the additiono of excessive salt, sweeteners and MSG in our foods. The use of MSG has more than tripled since its intrduction just after WWII. It's controbution to an increasingly obese world is significant. I have been making and canning our own soups, herb mixtures and baked goods. We eat out much less than we used to. In the summer we garden and I do as much canning and freezing as possible.

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