Reading Jen’s post about eating more organic and fresh foods, has inspired me to write about the chemical soup that our bodies have become. If you really think about it, what goes into many Canadian and American bodies is plain scary. Just watch The Meatrix, Food Inc., or Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution.
As a teacher, I’ve been horrified by what I see kids eating every day,
not treats, but their snacks and meals. Many lunch boxes are filled
entirely with processed foods full of sodium and sugar and lacking
nutrients. Check CBCs The National report on Lunch Box Breakdown. As a researcher and observer, I know that many people eat
this way all the time. Heavily processed foods three times a day.
I have to admit, I’m a bit of a sh*t disturber and I place a fair bit of blame on the food industry and factory farming practices (particularly pesticide, herbicide, hormone and anitbiotic use). I really think that these entities put money before all else, including the health of the people. I think that’s unethical and immoral. Watching The Corporation didn’t help there. I’ve been very outspoken about my views and I’m sure I’ve offended some people (it’s kind of like talking about breastfeeding). Don’t get me started on what’s in plastic and how that affects our endocrine systems. Check out the Environmental Working Group for news flashes like “232 Toxic Chemicals in 10 minority babies“.
So my question to you (and Jamie Oliver), is how can good nutrition be
presented to people in a way that is inoffensive and actually makes a
difference. Health units have been trying for years. Schools are getting on the bandwagon teaching more nutrition
(although not always modeling it, big mistake) and promoting healthy
eating. Has this made a difference? Not in any big way, yet. We need to do something because this is going to cost us all. While the corporations are raking the money in at the expense of our health, our health care system (our money) is bleeding out.
And selfishly, I want to protect my sweet girls from all these toxins. I can’t and that pisses me off!