It makes me wonder what is going on with current industrialized food system. This morning on the local news, there was a short story about local food trends. Florida, being one of the largest agricultural states in the U.S., came in last. Our diets are, for the most part, dependent on the food available in our community. Food brokers and buyers decide where to get what kind of food and where to get it from. It is their job to make decisions that affect the overall health of our community. Old produce, shipped an average of 1,500 miles, highly refined foods, and meat from confined, stressed out animals will all negatively impact us and make us obese.
As a lover of food, I find this terrifying. Much of the food available in the U.S. is literally making us sick.
A way to combat this epidemic is to eat food that was grown or raised with respect to the land, the animals and the people involved. Eating meals with lots of vegetables goes a long way in promoting health. Produce that is eaten shortly after harvest offer much more nutritional benefits, than those that are shipped across state and international borders. Meat raised outside on pasture, eating foliage, that are not given antibiotics and hormones, are less stressed than animals raised in feedlots. Stressed animals produce hormones like cortisol and adrenaline. With so many people depressed, is it really that much of a stretch to think that it's coming from our food?
We all need to eat. That we can't choose. With much of the food that is available to us having questionable health effects, it is imperative for us to vote for another food system, one where we are ensuring our own health and the health of our families, farmers and the community at large. Together we can build a safe and reliable food system.
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