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Friday, April 06, 2007

Bad Industrial Food

In supermarkets around America, the public is sold goods that most of us will never know where it came from. Children today are growing up not knowing that milk comes from a cow or that Chicken nuggets come from an actual chicken. Society has become more and more disconnected from our food source and as a result our health and vibrancy of our rural countryside is deteriorating.

The news in the last month warned us about the mass recall of pet food and to many pet owners worries spread about the contamination of their treasured pets food. Menu Foods the producer of many brands of pet food distributed a deadly toxin within their products and pets were poisoned by what normally nourishes their life. Weeks have surpassed and the containment has been attributed to coming from rat poison or bad wheat-gluten, but their true sources have not been fully accounted for. The foods that our pets consume are not as stringently regulated as what is produced for human consumption; however this production model of the food supply shows the dark repercussions of the potentials.

In the last year, we have seen many national recalls of food due to some form of contamination. The recall of Skippy Peanut butter, a staple for many children’s diet, was due to salmonella poisoning caused by a leaky roof at their processing facility in Georgia. Con Agra foods producer of many other “fine” products is now being faced with lawsuits. To a major supplier such as Con-Agra that is just the nature of the business and while lawsuits hang over their head, the same conditions that produced the outbreak drive in their profits. Other forms of national food recalls have occurred recently such as the e-coli bacteria in spinach or lettuce at Taco-Bell.

These contaminations of food are not an isolated incident but a verdict of the present state of the industrialized food supply. Despite being highly regulated, illness attributed to food is spreading like wildfire. In addition to the rise of contaminated food we as a society are faced with other threats to our health from our food. Animals and crops are being altered with genetic modifications in an effort to produce meatier products or crops resistant to adverse conditions. The alteration of the genetic makeup has the potentiality for causing great alarm.

As we have just witnessed the magnitude of food recalls within the United States, I question what has become of our food supply. As a youth, I was feed primarily a diet of natural raised ducks (I was told chicken) and vegetables from a garden and I am worried about having accessibility to natural and organic products. Ideally, I would like to have land to produce my own food and distance myself from the food supply chain, but unfortunately I am unable to at this moment. As a recourse to this, we as a society need to have a food supply that is primarily local to our environment and not shipped anonymously throughout the globe. The only way for that to happen is that we as society demand that the stringent regulations and policies that favor industrialized farmers be removed from the small scale farms. The next outbreak may not be in your pets but just maybe in yours.

Robb Kidd

“If you knew how meat was made, you'd probably lose your lunch.” KD Lang


At April 07, 2007 8:45 AM, Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

One good thing is that it raises a food safety question in the minds of people. Unfortunately the same problem can come about from your favorite local bakery, or even when making things your self. And never go to a pot luck... It's a wonder any of us are alive.


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