This is a map created by Feeding America that shows the food insecurity rates all over the United States. Although this data is from 2010, it helps us visualize just how many adults and children don’t have enough food to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle.
Another video for you guys!
This one is a trailer for a movie but it’s extremely powerful and opens our eyes to how bad food waste and waste overall is in our world today.
Zenger Farm has started up a cooking class for low income families. The class offers education on good food choices and how to prepare healthy foods. These classes are offered to children as well as their parents. Because It’s not only important for parents to know about healthy food but children should be aware of the benefits of good food choices and the problems that can arise with bad ones. And they should have knowledge about healthy foods that has been lost in society today.
This article is all about what it really looks like to eat healthy. It talks about how the food industry makes a lot of products that aren’t necessarily bad for its consumers but they also don’t have any nutritional value. There are some healthier options and alternatives to some foods such as french fries but those alternatives don’t make french fries a health food. “Go simple. Go basic. Avoid boxes and avoid propaganda. Life is too short not to eat well, and its even shorter if we don’t.”
This video was made by Slow Food and is a good video talking about the danger of the eggs that most Americans eat.
In this article the Huffington Post speaks of growth hormones, what they are, and how they can effect the consumer. It has a lot of interesting points that I haven’t read of before and really digs in deep about the issue and about the problems that arise with this issue.
“At root, the skill of attentiveness manifests a willingness to love the world.”
The above quote, was shared by Norman Wirzpa, at a Food Ethics Conference at Warner a few weekends past. His words hit in the way that revelations do; however, I only had the feelings resulting from profound recognition. I was meant to sink into them, to find what I was meant to receive. I have learned that love without reason is hollow, and reason without love is cold.
Gradually, I understood Wirzpa’s implications. Attentiveness is paying attention, and forfeiting rights we hold precious to ourselves, (time, energy, etc.), to a lucky recipient. Relationally, humans operate out of five different love languages. One of those is quality time. This happens to be my number one love language. No act of service can compare to undivided eye contact. This humble attentiveness from another person speaks wonders to me.
With our relationship to food, the “…willingness to love the world”, requires these same sacrifices. Investing into research for proper care provides an effective foundation to plant life. Giving your animals time to roam and grow speaks love that comes most naturally. The majority of our food production stagnates, rather than supports love. I’m not going to stand on a linguistic soapbox. Take time to learn your love language, (or take the love language test, it’s the first result on Google Search). Being aware of how you give and receive love, is one step closer to understanding how to live attentively.
For my post today I wanted to find a thorough resource that offers a variety of food enlightenment. I remembered the positive feedback I have heard of Ted Talks and decided I should start there; and, I was not disappointed. This video holds 16 different links of various speakers spending time on our ever-present subject: num-nums and nibbles. These videos are not only thorough in topics, but diverse in speakers. Among these links are experts, as well as an observant and persistent 11 year old.
I hope you find what you didn’t know you were looking for.
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A new drug has been introduced to cattle called Zilmax, it has been widely used in feedlots where most of beef comes from. It is a growth drug that makes the cattle swell with muscle in the final weeks of their lives. While this can boost the amount of meat per carcass, it can remove the very qualities that people like about beef, like the fatty marbling that adds juiciness and flavor.
The reason they started grain feeding cattle was because it was more profitable for the grain farmers. Grains like corn are very bulky, hard to move to market, and historically low value. This was in the 1800’s while railroads were still getting established. Farmers found that if they fed their harvested low value corn to cattle and pigs they could then walk the valuable meat animals to market. Since at the time a 5 pound of grain to a pound of meat gain was probably good that was a big consolidation of mass with the added benefit of self propulsion. People got used to the taste and since corn has still until the last few years been cheap the practice continues now. Feeding animals with corn will make fatter quicker then at a normal rate.
People need to be more aware of this matter, I discovered that what passes for eggs and chicken meat in supermarkets are of very poor quality. However, the vast majority of consumers have no idea what they are missing. This constant emphasis on cost versus quality, is driving down the quality of food. So you end up with chicken grown under dismal conditions and breeds of chicken that balloon to butchering size in just 8 weeks. It’s really not fit for human condition. It takes 6 to 9 months for a chicken to get to butchering size, and a full year to mature. The meat from these birds which spend all day running around through pasture, brush, woods and gardens eating grass, berries, scratching for worms, hunting field mice, taking long dust baths in the sun, is out of this world. The best way to describe the difference between these chicken and commercial chicken is the difference between a whole grain bread and a twinkie. It is that dramatic. Unfortunately, 99.999% of consumers will never know what chicken can really taste like.
A study was done in Harvard have linked 180,000 deaths in a year worldwide and 25,000 in the USA alone with the consumption of sugary beverages. This study was done a week after the judge blocked New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposed ban on super sized sodas (http://gma.yahoo.com/video/gma-nyc-super-sized-soda-080000755.html) , and one day after Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed a bill preventing municipalities from setting limits on soda and salt content. A 16 oz soda has 27 cubes of sugar, that is simply insane. It also depends on people and themselves and how they want to take care of their health but I think it would be a great way to get people more aware of the drinks people are drinking and not thinking about the health problems that link on to it.
If there was a law trying to ban sugary drinks I would vote ‘yes’ on it because that’s how children start early getting diabetes at age 2 and then later in life have more serious problems like cardiovascular disease and even cancer. If the government would try to ban sugary drink then we might have less people getting sick and there wouldn’t be as much people getting sick and obesity level would fall.