7 Days ’til Earth Day: Do You Know Where Your Food Comes From?

There has been much debate and controversy on this topic ranging from animal cruelty and various genetically modified food issues. This below video explains the basics on why we should understand how our food gets to our plate:
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Canadian video about where our food comes from.
I feel like we all know quite a bit about this topic, but most people don’t care that much. So, I am not going to discuss it a whole lot. I would just like to stimulate your brains and remind you of the importance of knowing where your food comes from and hopefully you will become more thankful ;)
Even organic products are owned by huge major industries. This is where your organics come from (chart from Go Green Travel Green):
10 Things You Can do to Help (from Food Inc):
1Stop drinking sodas and other sweetened beverages.
You can lose 25 lbs in a year by replacing one 20 oz soda a day with a no calorie beverage (preferably water).
2Eat at home instead of eating out.
Children consume almost twice (1.8 times) as many calories when eating food prepared outside the home.
3Support the passage of laws requiring chain restaurants to post calorie information on menus and menu boards.Half of the leading chain restaurants provide no nutritional information to their customers.
4Tell schools to stop selling sodas, junk food, and sports drinks.
Over the last two decades, rates of obesity have tripled in children and adolescents aged 6 to 19 years.
5Meatless Mondays—Go without meat one day a week.
An estimated 70% of all antibiotics used in the United States are given to farm animals.
6Buy organic or sustainable food with little or no pesticides.
According to the EPA, over 1 billion pounds of pesticides are used each year in the U.S.
7Protect family farms; visit your local farmer’s market.
Farmer’s markets allow farmers to keep 80 to 90 cents of each dollar spent by the consumer.
8Make a point to know where your food comes from—READ LABELS.
The average meal travels 1500 miles from the farm to your dinner plate.
9Tell Congress that food safety is important to you.
Each year, contaminated food causes millions of illnesses and thousands of deaths in the U.S.
10Demand job protections for farm workers and food processors, ensuring fair wages and other protections.Poverty among farm workers is more than twice that of all wage and salary employees.
For more information:
Real Clean Markets Article
The Early Show Article
Happy Cow Veggie Blog
Eco Habits Article



Comments

  1. says

    too much of a coincidence. I just posted on my blog about my daughter wanting to try a vegetarian diet after watching meet your meat videos from youtube. For a long time we have not only bought organic but also local chickens and other meats, so I DO KNOW where my food comes from. But am looking forward to seeing how her transition will affect her and her friends!

  2. says

    Your blog is fantastic! I Just linked over from your guest post on Melissa's site- I really love what you've chosen to do and your information is great- so thank you. I will be back again!

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