I happened upon this OpEd piece in the NYTimes on Saturday. The article was interesting, and the comments surprised me. (200 of them!) The more I look into what's in our food, I find folks everywhere who are concerned about the same thing.
It turns out that we have a President's Cancer Panel, created in 1971, which has determined that we need to focus not only on curing cancer, but on trying to reduce the things that contribute to the incidences of cancer. Sounds reasonable. The surprising part is that they have mentioned the possible link between cancer and the chemicals used in food, toys, home products, and more. It also concurrs that contaminents have been found in the cordblood of newborn babies.
We've been hearing about this for years from everyday folks, some celebrities, an independent filmmaker, and others who do not have those little letters after their names ;) This time we hear it from a source that advises the president. That, alone, should finally give credence to the independent reports that for the past 50 years or so, chemicals have been introduced into our foods, homes, and lives which are not safe. (Artificial colors, artificial flavors, and all that "stuff" in your 12-hour extended stay lipstick!)
Really, look at everyone's food carts on your next grocery trip. Watch the way people shop. I see people grabbing boxes off the shelf without reading the ingredients. If it's quick to prepare, or needs no preparation, it goes in the basket. I'm far from perfect, but I also don't have little ones in my house to be fed. And I realize that most folks ignore the warnings about this because the news has not come from authoritative sources. I'm concerned about all those chemical additives we've allowed the agricultural and processed food businesses to feed us. Those chemicals can potentially do a lot of damage over a life span. As parents, we want to be good providers. But just what are we setting out on the kitchen table?
Lately I’ve been just playing with making food from scratch because it’s been interesting and fun. Now it’s become more urgent. I’ve taken a second look at the “dirty dozen” and the "clean fifteen". I will once again be buying organic milk, even though the cost in my area is exorbitant. (More than twice the price of the store brand!) I may have to make some additional cuts in my budget in order to shop healthier (give up my internet subscription? shudder!!)
Yes, we’ve been living in the land of plenty for a long time, now. Before we can finish remodeling our homes, companies offer the next best thing to fill them with, keeping our appetites whetted and our wallets open. And our landfills…..filling. Filling not only with squandered resources, but with the chemicals used in production.
I’ll be checking the news this week to see if this report gets attention by the general media, or if it ends up as a one sentence blurb on a back page.