This is a little different then my usual posts, but I am dead serious when I say this is really important. I’ll try not to go too far off the deep end here, but there is a crisis in our country when it comes to the food in front of us each day. It is a crisis of information (or lack there of), a crisis of deception on behalf of big business, and the almighty dollar.
Did you know, that recently in Iowa a judge ruled in FAVOR of keeping the ingredients of “Pink Slime” blocked from public knowledge because it would damage Beef Products Inc, the company that is producing it? You read that right, a judge in Iowa decided that WE do not have the right to know what is going into our food because the business behind it would potentially lose money if we knew! This is serious!!! The following is from a Huffington Post article which you really need to read, I can’t stress it enough, read it. Know what you are buying before hand so you can make a different choice at the supermarket!“A judge has blocked Iowa State University from releasing documents about food safety research conducted for the beef-processing company that makes the product dubbed “pink slime” by critics. District Judge Dale Ruigh ruled last month that releasing the records would damage Beef Products, Inc. by revealing information about its proprietary food-processing techniques. Releasing them also would eliminate revenue that Iowa State laboratories receive from companies, who would go elsewhere for testing if they feared results were public records, he said. “I think it’s in the best interest of the companies that do business in Iowa, the general public, and the university,” said attorney John Bickel, who represented BPI.” – Ryan J. Fole, Huffington Post Full text of the article here….
Unfortunately that isn’t even the only disturbing news in food this week. The New York Times posted a fantastic article in regards to GMOs and how the recent rider protecting them was carefully slipped into the recent funding bill. A funding bill, that HAD to be signed!! So there was no “not signing it”, President Obama basically didn’t have a choice in the matter, because the bill was desperately needed. Amazing how something completely unrelated to funding ended up in there and was anonymously slipped in to boot! Yep, no clue where it came from or who put it there, but it’s there, and GMOs are protected, EVEN if they are found to be harmful! Yep, that’s no joke either!“The rider essentially prohibits the Department of Agriculture from stopping production of any genetically engineered crop once it’s in the ground, even if there is evidence that it is harmful.” – Mark Bittman, NY Times full text (which you need to read) here