So do you REALLY know what you're eating?
Two nights ago, per the suggestion of my friend Danielle, I rented Earthlings, a documentary about human dependence on non-human animals for pets, food, clothing, entertainment, and science. POWERFUL stuff. More on that movie in a future entry. I want to focus on the topic of WHERE DOES OUR FOOD COME FROM... specifically meat. But after watching most of Earthlings, I felt compelled to re-watch the trailer for Food, Inc., which I have posted before. Please watch again:
After watching these films, some of you may feel compelled to become vegetarian or vegan, and good for you for doing that, if that's what you want. For me, I feel don't feel the need to stop eating meat. I respect the choices of others, but I feel and believe that meat offers nutritional value that vitamins and veggies cannot duplicate or supply the body with. I'm not a scientist, but that's what I believe. I do, however, feel it necessary after seeing these films to make the honest effort to know where my meat comes from before I put it in my mouth.
My perfect ideal: I want meat from a company that has respect for the earth and all living creatures inhabiting it. I want meat from a company that allows the natural processes of life to take place and not force drugs to make their animals grow bigger and yield whatever they yield faster, at rates that are totally unrealistic, making it very dangerous for human consumption. I WANT a company that does not use hormones, pesticides or fear as a way of producing a product to benefit their profit. I want meat from a company that puts the health and well-being of their customers FIRST!
Most of you, if I am not mistaken, would rather not know where your food comes from. Out of sight, out of mind. But people, we MUST FACE THE FACTS. The food industry only cares about one thing - MONEY. They don't really care about your health, your children, the increase of obesity rates in America, the increase of cancer rates, etc. They don't care that when they inject a cow with hormones that those hormones don't disappear when the cow is milked. And they still don't disappear when the milk is being packaged and put on supermarket shelves. And they don't care that those hormones are still there when your child is eating his pb&j with his/her glass of milk. And once the milk is in your child's body, in their digestive system, being distributed to all the cells in their body, many times many times a day or week, do you realize that you are actually poisoning your child with some REALLY heavy duty toxins?. The same goes for steroids and antibiotics. There is evidence that consumption of meat containing antibiotics or hormones can lead to infertility. Just read this article from TimesOnline.com UK:
And that's just one of the many possible side effects of additives. MILK, IT DOES A BODY GOOD... IF you know where it comes from.
When you go to the grocery store to purchase your bacon, eggs, steaks, turkey burgers, milk, etc. are you aware of the conditions these animals lived, and more specifically, how they were treated? Now why is this important? Why does that matter? How the animal you're about to eat was treated doesn't directly effect you, right? NO! Not right. This guy Jonathan once said to me, "If you eat meat, you may very well be eating FEAR." While that sounds a bit phony baloney, Jonathan was absolutely right!
What is fear and what happens anatomically when a human-animal is succumbed to fear?
Fear, according to Wikipedia* is an emotional response to threats and danger. It is a basic survival mechanism occurring in response to a specific stimulus, such as pain or the threat of pain.
Depending on the severity of the fear, a person may experience anxiety, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, severe stress, etc. Wikipedia furthers that inappropriate activation of the stress response in humans can cause negative physiological and psychological effects. I want to focus on the physiological changes. When the body becomes anxious and fearful, the stress response halts or slows down various processes... and typically causes negative effects like, constipation, anorexia, erectile dysfunction, difficulty urinating, and difficulty maintaining sexual arousal... Prolonged stress responses may result in chronic suppression of the immune system, leaving the body open to infections...
Chronic stress is known to lead to obesity, heart disease, depression, diabetes and CANCER. It's no news to hear that there is a link between stress and cancer. Stress takes a toll on the body, especially if you have not found a way to channel that stress out of your body. Check out the article below (this is only one of many) that talks about the relationship between stress and cancer:
Now digest all that information for a moment...
Ok... now watch this video (it's tamer than most videos out there):
Now remembering the knowledge you learned about the anatomical effects fear and anxiety have on the body, apply that to the video you just watched. Fear and anxiety plague these animals on a daily basis and for many years until they are killed for our consumption. Every single day these animals endure abuse to such a degree that most of us could never comprehend what that must be like and what they're going through. Could you imagine what this abuse must do anatomically to an animal's body? The trauma? The stress? The anxiety? The fear!?! Can you imagine the diseases their stress produces? And we want to put this in our bodies? Our children's bodies?
KNOW WHERE YOUR FOOD COMES FROM!
Treat your health, your child's health and all your family's health like a sport's team. Think of life as a game and you want to be the best player you can be so that you're healthy, happy so you can enjoy all the gems life has to offer. Food directly effects our quality of life. We are what we eat. We must not let the food industry hide the Truth from us and dictate what we eat! Only 100 years ago, nearly 90% - 100% of our country were farmers. Today, only about 2% of this country are farmers. The food industry is doing whatever it can to deteriorate small farms so that they can control 100% of where we get our food and what goes in our mouth so they can make money.
What happened to caring? I'm not sure. I think the only way to make changes is to educate ourselves. Most of this knowledge is common sense and it's only a matter of bringing it to someone's attention for the light to go off in their head!
KNOW WHAT YOU'RE EATING!!! Don't kid yourselves. There is a huge difference between:
Phew... that was a long one!
Phew... that was a long one!
*I use Wikipedia cause it's pretty damn accurate and I'm doing this during my lunch break and it's the easiest source to use!