food politics & obsession

The major appeal for many to buy land and move to the country is food. Perhaps it’s just a garden and chickens of all the way up to beef, pork and hay fields. Whatever the choice, food drives America. Growing it, moving it, cooking it, avoiding it, campaigning for/against it…people are obsessed with food.

Even if they live in urban areas or cities the obsession is still there. Local is the only way! many cheer and while that’s a great idea few have been able to answer how NY City eats all local from November to March or longer! Or where local beef in LA is – an area that won’t even host rabbit shows to be politically correct with activists.

There’s others that want only ‘natural’ unprocessed food. Many of these banner wavers are vegetarian or vegan that abhor meat. “We don’t need it” they chant along with recommending soy milk and tofu. This hit me as just the most oxymoronic thing I’ve heard all month. Any idea how soy milk is made? Here’s a hint – there are no udders on a soybean. Look HERE for an explanation.

Note the part about additives. “Soy milk is nearly always fortified with calcium, vitamins D, and certain B vitamins. Highly concentrated flavorings, such as vanilla, carob, chocolate, and almond are often added to the finished product. Many companies add sugar and salt to the drink to make it more palatable to the consumer” – so all the nutrition milk already has in it is added (natural vitamins – seems processed to me!) as well as sugar to make it – well – able to be consumed!

Note also “The soybean is a low acid food and as such, is a good host for the breeding of harmful bacteria.” Also the byproduct – unused by humans in the processing “transforming it into a high-fiber, high-protein animal feed.” Which means, like it or not, soy milk production creates animal feed from what humans cannot use.

Too much soy damages the health – not blaming farmers but the plant itself is not meant for high consumption. A range of dietary disorders comes from soy – which can have benefits at low levels, like many other foods! Balance!

Then there’s the other fighting words – raw milk. Some states it’s banned. Indeed a woman in California wanted raw milk despite this so purchased a cow share that let her use milk from her cow. “Before joining the program, consumers were given a binder full of information the health risks and required to sign an agreement relieving the dairy of liability, said owner Blake Alexandre.” Despite this she drank the milk (from her own cow!), got sick, sued the dairy and settled.

The right to consume something comes with a responsibility. Holding farmers and gardeners responsible is the fastest way to have a problem in the food supply. No testing is going to find everything. Another statistic showed about 125 people had serious issues with raw milk in a year. In perspective, millions DON’T have a problem with it.

Food will be a bigger factor in the months and years ahead. It’s coming to places the US hasn’t been in a long time – only this time it’s man-made via restrictions, lawsuits and other issues.