We all eat, right?

I am really unsure about how to start this post… so Im just going to do it, and preface it with a warning of sorts. This is NOT one of those blogs, and I am not one of those people. I just think there is cause to be concerned… and to wake up.

Be open minded. I think thats one thing this generation could really do. We could be the first to do a lot of things, and correct a lot of mistakes the generations before us made. Mistakes made, some in earnest, others in greed. But mistakes that without action will fall on our childrens shoulders. And hearts, and lungs, and brains and any other part of their bodies.

This is a farm.
No seriously. Take a good look. If you have kids, in the next ten years they may not even know what a farm looks like anymore. They may not exist.

I am reading ‘Eating Animals’ by Jonathan Safran Foer. I am about a third of the way through it and have been feeling a little heavy in the heart and head. Its a good book. I would, in all sincerity, recomend it to anyone, regardless of how you want to eat, to read it. Its enlightening. Maybe removing meat completely from your diet isnt possible, thats fine, there are good places and bad places to source your meat. Unfortunately, in this day in age it boils down to money for a lot of families. I get that. But I think, no matter who you are, the health and wellbeing of yourself and your children should always outweigh the health of your savings account. Or the treats and goodies you splurge on. Splurge where its important, and yeah, maybe it means you dont get your kitchenaid mix master this month… but you get the comfort and security of knowing you did what was best for your kids wellbeing.
Theres a good quote in the book from a letter from a poultry farmer that says:

“Just the other day, one of the local pediatritions was telling me he has seen all kinds of illnesses that he never used to see. Not only juvinile diabetes, but inflamatory and autoimmune diseases that a lot of the docs dont even know what to call. And girls are going through puberty much earlier, and kids are allergic to just about everything, and asthma is out of control. Everyone knows its our food. We’re messing with the genes of these animals and then feeding them growth hormones and all kinds of drugs we dont really know enough about. And then we’re eating them. Kids today are the first generation to grow up on this stuff, and we’re making a science experiement out of them. Isnt it strange how upset people get about a few dozen baseball players taking growth hormones, when we’re doing what we’re doing to our food animals and then feeding them to our children.”

Its true. Our kids, hell, even us, are science experiments.

We dont know the long term effects that what we put into our animals, and then into ourselves, can have on us. And some of the things that have already come to light should give you chills. Do we want to wait and see what else there is?

I think that it is simply a matter of putting your money where your mouth is. Demand good, clean, safe meat and other animal products, and the government and the meat industry will turn around. I would never, ever tell someone how to do it (life), all Im saying is that our childrens bodies, and our bodies deserve better than this. So do your research, source out local farms who raise their animals organically, feed their cattle grass, lets their chickens out to run around in the sunshine and use the legs they have for a reason. Do your homework. Where do you think the risks of epidemics and pandemics come from? Birds and pigs. And the environments that they are living in promote bacterial and infection and disease. Theres a reason you can trace those influenzas back to factory farms. Its not healthy.

Anyways, Im not trying to preach vegetarianism or whatnot at you, thats not my intention. I just want to urge people to be responsible to their children. And to themselves. Feigning ignorance isnt cute, or logical, or doing anyone any favors anymore. This is our own doing. We want cheap meat, but there are huge consequences for that. Im just not willing to use my life, or my daughters to pay for that mistake. Not when I can demand better, and turn things around.

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9 responses to “We all eat, right?

  1. Good for you, Coral! Loved this.

    You know, I read many American bloggers who participate in a weekly Meatless Monday type thing and even that is wonderful. A start in the right direction and I love seeing it. I know of other people with families of boys all playing football and they can barely afford your run of the mill store bought chicken, let alone the humane option, so they eat beef every single night and it’s sad that it’s so damn affordable.

    Did you know that in the US 74% of food production subsidies are for meat and dairy and less than 1% are for fruits and vegetables … and that’s not even touching on organics and whatnot. It’s sick and sad and every voice helps mold the next generation, including yours.

    If you and Jeremy and Colin and I and all the other parents out there who are teaching wholesome and organic foods as best we possible can and within our budget then I’m hoping our children will be the majority in school and there we go, right? There’s the start.

    Everyday I come across more conscious people and it’s good to see.

    PS. You should blog more, woman! You’re a pleasure to read.

    • 🙂 thats my hope. All of us raising our children consciously.

      And its so backwards, I cant even begin to understand it. The power needs to be taken away from corrupt companies controlling food. (FOOD!! the one thing that should be safe) and facts need to be more readily available to people. But we can change it. I so seriously believe that if it matters (and it should) we can change it so our kids dont have to. And they dont die before we do.

  2. “there is shit in the meat.” – Fast Food nation

    • Don’t forget insects, rat feces and hair, metal shavings, urine, vomit, feces, dirt, tapeworms, E. coli bacteria, Listeria bacteria, Salmonella bacteria and Measles virus!

      YUM!!

    • yeah, i did my best to keep the ‘gross’ factor out of this blog simply to avoid being an ‘omigooooood you guysssss ew!’ person.

      But yeah… theres shit in the meat.

      But there doesnt have to be.

  3. PPS. Here’s the article I got those statistics from … it’s a great article and great website http://www.treehugger.com/files/2010/03/no-this-is-why-youre-fat.php

  4. Also for you I wanted to recommend ‘The Kind Diet’ by Alicia Silverstone. And her website http://www.thekindlife.com … she is really an amazing, conscious and beautiful inspiration.

    http://www.indiebound.org/book/9781605296449?aff=EQALshare

  5. I see a movement starting.

    A year ago, it was the granola mommy bloggers saying this stuff, and because they were a smaller niche, they weren’t getting the exposure. So, neither was the message. Now, it’s becoming almost trendy to be aware of food science and economics (I’m all for it, if it means that people become over-educated and make changes), and you have more and more mainstream (and mom) bloggers speaking out.

    Then again, you also have more conflicting messaging coming out, such as if you do reading about the Paleo diet, and see that really, we’ve refined everything and even wheat and rice aren’t foods humans are meant to eat; or read about veganism and see that we don’t really need nearly as much protein as we’re ‘educated’ to believe that we are. It can be massively confusing, which is pretty much why I’m going based on Pollan’s recommendations in The Food Rules – which is an easy-read, simplistic book I’d recommend to anyone.

  6. yerpapa

    Being now one of those ‘veggieheads’ i concur so much with what you’re saying, oh wise daughter! Try the 100km approach, eating just food grown or raised within 100km.

    And Huckdoll is so right – blog more! Makes my day.

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