Welcome to my late participation in this month’s Blog Exchange. Please read Jessica’s response to my blog post at It’s My Life (I apologize to my partner Jessica at It’s My Life for my late edition. Life has turned quite upside-down around here.)
We live in a society that is so stuffed with nitrates, pesticides, and antibiotics. If you knew just what conditions our cattle, livestock, chickens, pigs, and turkeys had to live in, surely, you would be shocked and disgusted. I know I was.
Recently, I explored the raw food and vegan lifestyle, largely as a key to weight loss. I began with the, “Rave Diet.” It took me over a week to get the book, but I was able to watch the DVD. It sickened me to know just what kind of conditions that our animal products come from. Cattle are not free to roam, like they are portrayed in our milk commercials. Instead, they are in cramped pens and given hormones that are intended to increase their milk supplies. They are given antibiotics because they often get infections because they have machines hooked to them constantly, often causing infections. Chickens live in small cages and are stationary for so long that often their feet grow around the wire cages.
Whether you are an animal lover or not, the fact is that hormones and antibiotics are not good for human consumption. We are a society with a high number of obese and overweight individuals, does anyone believe the antibiotics or growth hormones are not contributing to our weight gain? Growth hormones are particularly good at promoting growth. The antibiotics in our foods are affecting our immunities and we are developing tolerances to medications. There are side affects that have likely not yet been discovered or explored.
Our fruit and vegetables are sprayed with pesticides. Are we surprised when we are afflicted with cancer in epidemic proportions? Epic numbers of people are getting sick and dying from cancer. Do we think that what we put inside our bodies does not affect our health? How can we not see it?
Remember the spinach debacle a couple years back? That was because they use animal feces to fertilize the fields. EWWH. I do not know about you, but I would like a side of spinach without poop, please.
Organic products are a way to get our food back to what it used to be. Organic foods have the promise of no hormones, no antibiotics, letting land lay fallow to promote fertile ground instead of spraying crops with artificial fertilizers/pesticides and other chemicals, are free from human waste, or sewage sludge. Organic food is increasingly more regulated. That means you can trust that your food is natural, free of cancer causing chemicals, and animals are being treated humanly.