Questions and Answers!
My inbox lately has been full of concerned people wanting to know why there’s so much focus on Monsanto and not on helping people to make better and healthier choices. I’ve asked the same question for quite some time now. Monsanto is just one of the problems we have in the Biochemical GE crop world. And as much as I’d love to sit and argue with those who say if we take down Monsanto the rest will give in, that’s just one senile thought I cannot support. Monsanto is a problem not just to our global food supply, but to our environment, animals and wildlife as well. The photos and stories about species of butterflies on the verge of extinction, and let’s not forget our precious bees! But as we sign those petitions, protest the companies that carry GE products, and take to the streets in peaceful marches against this one monster entity…we end up going home, turning off our electronic devices, and slip back into our lives. If you already grow your own food, shop locally and support organic and local farmers, then you have nothing to worry about. But there are far too many individuals aren’t to that point yet, and are looking for the information, resources, suggestions and ideas on how to get to that point. We’re focusing so much on one piece of the puzzle, that we’re failing to help fix the problem in the first place. I’ve already posted in a previous post, that Monsanto is just one of many Bio headaches that we have to deal with in this world, so I won’t bore you again with that story. My email box, however, has reminded me why I chose to do what I do with my life, and how much work we really have to do if we want to change things. The Food Revolution stands for exactly that…change. So we are going to stay focused on providing our readers, followers, and supporters with the tools, resources, information, and ideas that will help them to make the change in their lives.
The questions that need to be answered is this: How do I get my family eating healthier, we’re so used to the foods we eat now? How can my family make a difference? How can I get my community involved? These are questions that should be our greatest focus, after all, it is consumer buying habits and money that gives the organizations and companies like Monsanto, the fortunes that are used to buy off special interest groups, politicians, etc. Think about, what good are you doing to protest Gmos when you go to the grocery store on payday and buy food and beverages that contain gmos!? The other question I get asked is: what exactly are we left to eat when you take everything else away? So on this dreary Sunday afternoon, I’m going to try and give you some answers to each question. It’s time for a Food Revolution Q & A session!
1.) How do I get my family eating healthier, we’re so used to the foods we eat now? Answer: Every little thing we do to improve our diets, homes, lives, communities, etc makes a huge difference. I always tell people I speak to, to start with little changes. As creatures of habit, we find change difficult. Especially when it comes to food. Food manufacturers intentionally make their processed foods addictive on purpose. They know we’re driven by our taste buds, and those sugary, salty, and fried foods pull us in and wrap us in a blanket of unhealthy comfort. For many, when we try to step away from conventional and over-processed foods, we find ourselves running right back to them. Score!! For the food manufacturers that is. The cost of these foods, the way they are displayed in your stores, and the millions spent on marketing these products to you and your children are all part of the food game. You, of course, are the playing piece. My family found it easiest to change out one meal each week with a healthier version or brand new healthy dish. The best way to make sure that your fruits and vegetables are chemical free, is to grow them yourself. If that’s just not an option, then shopping your local farmers market, buying local produce (talk to your local farmers and ask questions about their growing practices!), and sticking to 100% Certified Organic is the way to go. Adding a bigger percentage of fresh vegetables and fruits to the diet of you and your family, is the most important thing. For low income families, that gets more difficult, and with the number of us falling into that category rapidly growing, sometimes buying the more expensive produce and foods isn’t an option, no matter how hard we try. This is where community gardens are and could be such an asset. For communities that don’t have them yet, maybe now is the time to see if you can rally some troops together and start one!! Another thing to remember is moderation. Even eating too much of a good thing isn’t healthy, something that many of us don’t realize. Increase your water intake, eliminate carbonated and sugary beverages, learn how to read labels properly, and above all get up and move!! Spend time in the fresh air, and laugh even if for no reason other than to laugh 🙂
2.) How can my family make a difference? Answer: All of us on this earth can make an amazing difference, in so many ways! Learn as much you can about gmo’s, start and participate in seed exchanges, learn how to garden if you don’t yet have one, start a community garden, share with your friends and neighbors what you learn and even share extra vegetables. By teaching others what you know your helping more than you know. Write your local, state, and federal representatives and tell them you want safer and cleaner food production practices, subsidies to be given to organic farmers, tighter restrictions on additives and labeling on the food products being marketed, and that you want to know whats in your food! Participate in protests, join online and offline groups and organizations dedicated to supporting organics, and fighting the companies poisoning our food, water, and environments. Every time you plant a seed, buy organic, and share what you learn you are working on making a big difference.
3.) How can I get my community involved? Answer: Get out and talk to people, go to town meetings, special events, pass out flyers and brochures, talk to friends and neighbors. Start up a seed exchange program, or even a community garden! There are so many people in the world who need safer and healthier food to eat, that working on a solution as a community, not only gets your community involved but also works on solving a problem. How about that! If every community across the globe did its part on making a difference, solving the nutrition and hunger problems we have, can you imagine what a world we would have!!
Finally, let’s talk about what foods there are to eat, when everyone is telling you that you can’t eat this and that. First of all, food today is not like it first started out to be. All too often I hear people complaining that their grandparents didn’t have organics to eat and are healthy and fine today. The fact is, that how food was made back in those good old days, is nothing like the fast paced food production plants we have today. There wasn’t a need to worry about industrial fertilizers, killer pesticides, or additives that cause more harm than good. Today’s food is over-processed, fatty, greasy, salty, sugary and highly addictive. That’s right, the fast fatty foods, and convenient and cheaper conventional foods are specifically designed to make you completely addicted to their taste, texture, and smell. We can’t help but crave a sugary treat or salty snack when we’re having a bad day. Put healthy foods up against the conventional foods, and there’s no doubt the unhealthier food choices will always win. Millions upon millions are spent on marketing ads focused not just at you, but even more shocking, marketed directly at your children! And age is not discriminated against! Have you ever noticed those cute little baby bottles and bibs with the Coke and Pepsi logos on them!?!? Magazine ads, tv commercials, and in store sales all work together in a viscous food cycle to get you to want and need those foods! Back to the answer your looking for. What can you eat. Eat a diet that is rich in fresh fruit and vegetables, whole foods, nuts, legumes, and whole grains. Steer clear from the carbonated and sugary drinks, processed foods, fast foods, and of course fried foods!! Contrary to what our evil critics say, we are not trying to convert everyone to vegetarianism or veganism!! What we want is you to replace your unhealthy diets with a diet that will not only detox your body and begin to let it heal, but once it figures out how to function on its own again, help you to feel lighter and so much healthier again. Go ahead and eat meat if you do, but instead of buying the over-processed glued together meat you usually do, buy free-range and organic meat. This is the most amazing tasting meat you will ever eat!! In the course of over-processing and additives, I think most of us have forgotten how a real piece of meat tastes. I just had a friend bite into an free-range hamburger for the first time last month and immediately noticed a huge difference. She said not only was it lighter tasting and not greasy, but the meat actually tasted much better!! Go figure! Meat that is farmed by farmers who love their livestock and take pride in raising grass fed, free roaming animals will always taste better than that other stuff you can grab for a buck off the dollar menu.
Change how you look at food, how you get your food, and how you eat your food. Eat healthier, grow what you can, get fresh air, and be good to everyone around you. You’ll be glad you did!
Posted on June 3, 2013, in Uncategorized and tagged agriculture, eart, feed, food, foodie, gardening, good food, healing, health, healthy, hope, monsanto, natural, nature, organic, people, power, protest, revolution, support, unite, united, wellness. Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.