An Inconvenient Food Truth

As an erotic writer, as well as a lover of food, I do spend quite a bit of time thinking about food. Currently, we’re in the midst of a summer, spicy blog tour.  And earlier this year, we took a 10 day trip through blogland for the progressive dinner feast, which was delightful and food/sex provocative. Yum!  I think food is incredibly sexy and it nurtures my body so I can get down and dirty on the kitchen floor after preparing and eating a good, healthy meal.

So let me ask you this question, sexy foodies, do you really know your food? Do you know where it comes from? I mean, I’m sure you know that beef comes from cows and pork comes from pigs, breasts come from…an obvious benevolent God…okay, kidding.  Yeah, chicken breasts, they come from cluck-clucks.

But…do you know where those animals come from? The food we put into our bodies is probably one of the most important considerations we can do to sustain good health.  That along with a  daily dose of MBO, aka: Mind Blowing Orgasms (thank you DSG and SG!).

I went and saw the documentary film, Food Inc last night. Has anyone else heard of it? Has anyone else seen it? I already knew that corporations controlled the majority of our food source found at local grocery stores, which has a lot to with why I’ve boycotted eating meat. I have strong moral issues with the mistreatment of all living creatures. It’s gut-wrenchingly disgusting when you learn how the animals we eat are treated.

It’s not just the mistreatment of animals, the workers are treated horribly as well.  Corporate Food America is manipulating the system for the all mighty buck. Sacraficing good common sense, food health and safety in order to make gazillions of dollars. 

For example, I saw footage of a corporate chicken farm. This isn’t the type of farm you see on the front of the chicken breast package either: with the little red barn and little chickens roaming around in the sunny fresh air. Nope, this farm looks more like giant sized metal box. There are no windows. There must be thousands and thousands of chickens living in there; standing in their own fecal matter and being fed droplets of steroids, so that the chickens will plump up faster than normal and we can all enjoy those full-breasted fillets on the grill.

You have to ask yourself this: Is it really chicken that I’m eating?

What about cows? Cows from corporate farms are fed corn. Um, when I was in third grade, I learned that cows ate grass, not corn. Why are cows being fed corn? Simple arithmetic, folks, it’s fucking cheaper. The trouble is, these factory cow plants, where cows are packed in with little to no room, also stand knee deep in their own shit. Shit is a deadly bacteria playground for some really bad, bad, boys,  like E-coli. A cow’s system  simply isn’t internally set-up for eating corn, thus when the cow heads off to the slaughter house, he or she is already infected and then we eat it.

Isn’t that nice?

What’s the corporation’s answer to solve all the E-coli outbreaks? You would think they would simply feed their cows grass and let their bodies naturally combat the bacterial infection, but nooooo, they come up with a brilliant idea: they produce cardboard, doused in amonia and call it, filler. This is supposed to eliminate the bacteria.

Hello? I clean my toilet and floors with amonia to kill bacteria, but I don’t think it’s a good idea to ingest it.

It’s sickening when you pull back the curtain and learn the truth about where that pretty package found in your meat section is coming from.  It’s usually not locally farmed either. The boneless chicken, that’s been pumped with steroids, or the thick and juicy, E-coli-stained side of beef could  actually be coming from a cow mill in Mexico. 

Oh, and don’t look for the USDA, or the FDA to help you, their in cahoots with the corporations, like their evil twin sisters who also sold their souls to the devil,  the pharmacuetical companies.

 Don’t take my word for it. Go see the movie. If you can’t do that, try and make a conscious effort with your hard-earned spending dollars and choose not to buy your  food and meat from the largest producers that are controlling and putting shit in your food and telling that you that’s its good, safe and delicious.  Buy produce that’s in season.  Talk to your grocery store manager or owner about offering meats, poultry, dairy and produce that’s grown in your state for God’s sakes. Read the labels! Talk to our very own, Scarlett Greyson, who is not only a writer, but she and her husband also have a farm, with real, live animals. I’m sure she’d be happy to point each o us in the right direction on how and where to buy good, healthy meats that come from local farmers that treat animals with respect. Not like they’re an inanimate object, like the cardboard box filler.

I realize I really went off here. I’m sorry if I’ve offended anyone with my lamenting, but this just chaps my hide, and not in that lips smacking, “I want another…please, way.”

We can make a change by saying, “No!” Dollars make the biggest impact on change. Won’t you please join me and make a change for the better?

 

Food Passionate and Shouting for a Change!
Neve Black

35 thoughts on “An Inconvenient Food Truth

  1. Knowledge is power, Neve, and I applaud you and the makers of Food, Inc. for tearing away the veil of cute farm pictures to expose what’s really happening. (Ever notice how barbecue joints have smiling pigs on their signs. Bet they didn’t ask real pigs.) I actually read a book, Fast Food Nation a while back that gave a scathing portrayal of the ugly truth, including the oppression of the workers all along the way. At the time I was already a vegetarian (mostly), but the book made it easier to stay that way. Maybe we can’t change the world in a day, but buying organic, supporting local farmers and being thoughtful about what we eat is easily done. Since I started getting a vegetable box from a local organic farm, my whole approach to eating has changed. I plan meals based on what’s in season and it feels–and tastes–really good, although I was a bit apprehensive at first. The truth is, our eating habits have changed drastically from our parents’ childhood. What our supermarkets offer is not the natural way at all, although it seems so. Plus, I’ve found the more processed foods I eat, the harder it is to keep weight off. Our bodies aren’t happy with it either!

    Well, I guess I’m saying I agree heartily. Thanks so much for this post.

  2. Thank you, Donna. Like you, I’ve read or have seen images of what is really going on long before the pretty, brightly colored packages reach the supermarket’s shelves. It’s really disturbing on so many levels.

    Yes, the way food is processed and the way “fcorporate farms” are run is much, much different from when our parents went grocery shopping. Like non-altered people, food is supposed to look a little spattered and freckled, not perfectly square or round to fit into a coordinating plastic containers often found in the produce section. My uncle is a genetic agricultural engineer. He teaches through the UC system, or he did. I’ll have to make a point and touch base with him on his thoughts about this film and his solutions to this problem. I do know he’s very Zen in his approach to life.

    I was lucky, I suppose, because my mother was a dietician. We weren’t ever allowed to eat candy, pop, or other super refined products. And we always had a garden. I do like a good piece of chocolate, or an ice cream float, but for the most part, I’m very conditioned to eat smart and healthy foods. I know that’s not the case with many people and families. I think there are a lot of people that don’t know how or what to eat. Eating healthy is a learning process.

    It wasn’t surprising to learn that the FDA and USDA have conflicting roles here too. On one side of the coin they’re supposed to represent, we the people’s best health interests, but on the other side of the same coin, many of these officials also sit on the board to some of the largest food manufactures in the world. Where’s the logic in that? Where’s the check and balance system? It’s just like the drug companies. Eat this and then you’ll develop high blood pressure, or diabetes and have to take all these synthetic drugs to combat the problem. It’s a vicious cycle.

    Good for you for choosing to break the cycle. Your boys will no doubt make good, healthy food choices as adults.

    Happy, healthy eating!

  3. ha…you fooled me neve black!! i was expecting a crazy post (as you anounced it over at donnas house) and now i come over..and finde a incredible thoughtful, intelectual and important post!!! and again in wish my english wasnt so poor and i wish i had a larger vocabulary to choose from to write about my own opinion on food…

    just like you..i love food ..i love to cook..i love to eat..i love to talk about food(actually i had loved to join your spice tour:-)..i m not a vegetarian even though i have been for 4 years..but thats a while ago…but i care a lot about what i eat…i believe in the famouse quote about that you are what you eat…so for example i dont eat pigs/pork..first i dont like the taste (scarry that most people dont even taste a difference betwen pork and cow)..plus the fact that pigs are just one gene away from us humans..plus the fact they eat everything..plus the fact they are totally intelligent animals..just made me choose not to eat them…i also dont eat much cow..because my doc and me found out that i get more and more agressive the more red meat i eat…so..i eat a lot fish and chicken…but also dont eat much packed meat from the supermarket becaus ei know all the horrible things the animals have to go though befor ethey die..which is also athing why i dont eat it..not only because the fact that they have to live under such hporrible sircumstances but also the fact that i believe that the stress and pain the animals feel pour into the meat…

    i love my organic marcets..i love to buy my veggetable son farms and also on the market place..i also grow myself some wonderfull veggies in my garden..and speak a lot with my godsons about the way to eat healthy…for example that its healthier for us to make a granita or ice cream out of fresh milk and fresh juice then to buy that total sugar stuff…

    well..like it said i wish i had more words to choose from..more english knowledge to explain my point of view..but i havent..all i can say is that i love this totally not crazy post and that we all have to say no to bad foods…

  4. Yeah, well, the crazy part is definitely the food industry and the FDA which is so not our protector. Because of my mother’s death and my flurry of activist activities a few years ago, I know a few people in the FDA who really try their best, but they are fighting powerful foes. You’re so right, Neve, the drug companies want us to eat the crap so they can cure us. As long as someone is making a profit. Definitely lucky for you that your mom prohibited the junk. I drank Hawaiian Punch instead of water. No wonder I was chubby! My kids, in spite of their chubby genes from both sides, have never worried about weight and they eat just what they want.

    And Danielle, you seem so in touch with your health–it took me much longer to figure it out. I think dieting and all makes you lose touch with yourself. I also agree that the fear and pain of the animal gets passed on to us. Now maybe this is supposed to be the “crazy” part because no one’s every studied it. Can you imagine anyone with money funding such a thing? I swear when I eat raw organic vegetables, I get a natural high. The body speaks!

  5. Hi Danielle,
    Your English is excellent and your words ring crystal clear with me. You’re a kind soul, Danielle. Good for you for making the choice to eat healthy, and caring enough about the welfare of all creatures.

    Thank you for taking the time to comment and also thank you for making me feel a little less agressive about my soap box post. :-)

  6. Hi again Donna,
    Yes, I used to feel good when I saw that USDA stamp on beef, now it’s a joke! Backed by what, a big bank account? People are dying when they purchase and eat bought at their grocery stores! It’s so wildly inconceivable, that it doesn’t seem real, but what’s so fucking scary is that it is real and true!

    I think you’re right Donna about that animals feelings being passed on. I couldn’t look when they visited the pig and cattle slaughter houses. I just knew I was going to be sick. Bad Karma, bad karma, bad karma.

    I do hope our fellow erotic writer and local farmer, Scarlett weighs in here too on this. She and I have had a conversation about animals and karma.

    Thank you once again for your thoughtful insight and offering your own personal experiences. It’s interesting as well as scary to me that you don’t have to scratch to deep in order to find someone you know that’s been affected horrifically by the travesty of corporate food America.

  7. i have had a lot of weight troubles (beeing underweight) when i was younger..and nowadays i tend to get a little belly from time to time but thats rather the beer and the wine then the food..:-)but in generell all is fine and i eat what my body tells me to eat..i listen to myself..sometimes i even eat stuff that i dont like just because something inside me has a craving for it…and then i know that my body needs something..for example i dont use much salt when i cook..actually almost none..but sometimes i really really need sardellen..those are these really small extreme salty fishes..and when i crave them i know my body needs salt..and i eat them then..even though i dislike them…when i go to the market i always get strange looks because i pic all veggies fruits ect up and smell them…i do this to check if they are ripe..as well because my body tells me if he wants them when i smell they aroma of a melon or the carrots or whatever is there..

    and you are so right about what you say about drug companies and the cures they wanna sell us..its the same thing that makes me tell everybody that there will be never a cure for cancer or hiv because its not a desease but a buisness…both are money machines..

    talking about the natural high..i can so understand that!!..the greatest thing for me is to eat something i just have picked from my trees or burried out of the garden earth…or even better,,,when i m in the forest for a walk and i finde something to eat..i mean..natural..on a plant ..outside..berries for example..ah..its such a great taste..wilde strawberries for example…

    and even though i m a meat-eater i just dont want pain fear anger ect inside my body..i dont want those poor poor creatures essence to be mixed with my own….i mean..look what they do to them..look what neve wrote about cows and corn..its bad..but even worse is the factr that a lot cows in europe are fet with food which contaisn fish flour..as well as even parts of death cows..the take a veggie animal and make it eat meat..not even just meat but also part of their own race..i mean..can it be more not natural???

  8. ah neve..its great that you made this post..i even was so free to make a sidepost at my own blog with a link to this post because its an important subject…
    thank you for sharing your thoughts..:-)

    and donna..i forget to speak about the thing with eating what grows during the time that it grows..eat whats in season..i believe strongly in that..and rarely make an excuse when i want to cook something with stuff thats out of season…

  9. Neve,
    I can’t say that I’m surprised that you had the reaction you have to seeing the truth of our food system. You’re going through the same thing I did about a decade ago. It’s a sad truth that our society has a “head in the sand” approach to where our food comes from. I have literally had people tell me “Don’t tell me where it comes from cause they I won’t be able to eat it.” Yeah, scary, isn’t it?

    This week is a crazy one, but here are a few resources for people who would like to learn more or would like to seek out local foods.

    The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Micheal Poland – this is an EXCELLENT examination of the American food system, and puts things into a really interesting perspective.

    Real Food by Nina Planck – another fascinating examination of our food supply system. This one focuses on milk – raw milk, and why the popular demonization of it is what it is.

    http://www.eatwild.com/ – This is a phenomenal resource for those seeking grass-fed/foraged meats. It lists farmers across the nation who offer a whole range of meats that are raised in a manner in sync with natural rhythms

    http://www.localharvest.org/ – Another good resource, though this one tends to be better in certain areas than others. A place to start looking for local farmers markets and local food sources

    http://www.westonaprice.org – This site is a bit unwieldy, but is another good resource. Nina Planck mentions Weston A. Price’s research in her discussions of nutrition and so forth.

    http://www.realmilk.com/ – A project of the above WAPF, another source for local goods – this time milk, cheese, butter and so forth, generally raw, depending on the local regs. You can also find local chapters of the WAPF to help you source out local foods.

    That’s just a start. The “real food” movement is strong and gaining momentum, even in the economy we’re experiencing. One big misconception that people have is that food should be cheap. The corporations have fed that lie to the public for decades now, and that has bred the current food environment we have. We’ve come so far from the farm that people don’t realize where their food comes from, nor have any concept of HOW it should be produced.

    I’m a big believer in karma. I could become a vegetarian, but I do enjoy eating meat. So, to preserve my karma, I take responsibility for what I eat. If I don’t raise it myself, I ensure that I know how it’s raise. I can visit the farm that raises the beef I consume, and I buy lamb adjacent to the pasture where the ewes graze. I keep chickens for eggs, and nothing is as idyllic as seeing my hens run for me when I step into the back yard. It’s not only good for my chickens to live like that, it’s good for me.

    And Danielle, while I understand what you’re saying about pigs, I invite you to spend time with my chickens, or rabbits, or with the neighbor’s dairy cow, or with a turkey, and you’ll find that all animals have intelligence, personality, presence. It is our responsibility as an apex predator with consciences to take that into account and ensure that those animals we consume are raised in humane conditions. Yes, I eat the animals I raise, but I have confidence that they had happy lives up until the day those lives ended.

    One of the biggest things missing in today’s food system is the symbiotic farm. Humans kept animals in the combinations they did for centuries for a reason. Cows eat long grasses(they literally wrap their tongues around it and yank) and poop to fertilize the pasture. Sheep or goats grazed in their wake trim those grasses shorter, and add more fertilizer. Chickens follow behind them and scratch through the poop eating fly larvae and spreading the manure around. And so on and so forth.

    I could go on about this forever! I welcome anyone to contact me for information or questions, and I may even be able to direct you better to local sources.

  10. Danielle,
    It’s important and wise to listen to our bodies. They know what’s best for us. Good for you!

    p.s. I think it’s okay to put a couple lb’s from time to time when it’s beer and or wine related calories.

  11. Hi Scarlett,
    I know you’re a busy lady, specifically this week, so thank you for taking the time to comment so extensively.

    I think it’s so important to get your perspective on this, because of your first hand knowledge of what it’s like to be a farmer. Further, and even more importantly, you’re well educated, kind hearted, respectiful and a consciouses person. I think it’s wonderful that you’re able to raise your own food, Scarlett. Both you and Donna make excellent points about karma also. Personally, I can’t kill a spider or a fly that’s trapped in my house. I have to scoop it up, or open the door and let it go.

    My decision to stop eating meat was because of my gained intelligence on the mistreatment of animals at these factory producing, corporate farms. I couldn’t stomach it and I made a decision not to buy the meat; boycotting the system. Lamb is my favorite meat. I may go back to it again, once I feel good about where it comes from. I will be one of those customers that visits the farmer and the butcher; so I know exactly how the animal is treated.

    Recently, I went to a farmer’s market here in my neighborhood and met a beef and lamb farmer. I asked lots of questions about how the animals are treated, and particularly I wanted to know about the slaughter house. Both farmers were very concerned about their animals welfare and the lamb farmer said he didn’t feel good about one particular butcher, so he made a change. I liked that. I could tell that they both seemed to care about the animals. They were also open to having me visit their farms. Again, I liked that.

    On the subject of an animal’s intelligence: one of the very first stories I ever wrote, which resides at Literotica is called Cricket’s Calamari Catharsis. I learned how incredibly smart squid are; problem solving smart and just couldn’t eat another calamari, hence my story. Now, months and months later for me, eating animals has less to do with their intelligence, and more to do with having respect for all living creatures. Being kind and respectful of yourself and others is a rule I choose to incorporate in my life.

    Scarlett, thank you for all your insight and the links and your offer to point others in the right direction toward taking a more pro-active approach when it comes to the food we eat. I love the symbiotic approach too! That makes perfect sense to me. It’s not rocket science, it’s common sense, right?

  12. hey scarlett..:-)i spent a big part of my childhood on a..uhm*..i dont know the real english word for it..anyway..on my grandmothers estate..and we had a lot of animals in the stables like horses and peacocks ect..but also animals who were raised to be eaten..in know that all animals have personalety..and our animals always had a happy life…still i was a veggie for quite a time..but then i felt like eating meat again..but since i dont eat pork and avoid red meat most of the time..and actually like to cook a lot of veggie stuff (come over to my blog..it looks like a damned salad bar..hehe*)..i still love chicken and fish…

    oh neve…calamari, squid and octopus are sooo smart and sensible crearures !!! the are able to learn things very fast and its proofen that they even are able to read/understand signs..its amazing…

    anyway..no matter what i eat..if its animal or plant..i want it to be healthy, grown up happy and transported and “made eatable” ina human and good way…
    i really adore you for coming up with the “dark” side of the kitchen as a subject …:-)

  13. “…hey scarlett..:-)i spent a big part of my childhood on a..uhm*..i dont know the real english word for it..anyway..on my grandmothers estate….” Um, that would be fabulous, I think!

    Danielle, thank you so much for your comments. You’ve added a bright and cheery spot to my dark sided, but much needed posting. :-)

  14. lol..its just that my grandmother had this huge house with all the stables and the back was almost in the forest and wine yards..it was fab to grow up there..but also scary at times..realllyyyyy scarrrrryyyy..lol..have you ever been in a forest at night or in awine yard?..as a child i mean.

    i hope that there are more bloggers come over now and add their point of few on this subject..the food subject..not the “nightly forest”-part..:-)
    by the way i have never been discribed as bright and cheery..i have to print that out and glue it into my journal..:-)

  15. Danielle,
    I hope other bloggers share their points of view on the issue of food too. I’d like to offer one ounce of enlightenment for others, you know?

    Soda pop and getting down and dirty: sounds like sex and candy to me. That works, yes? haha.

    p.s. You’re indeed bright and cheery!

  16. Neve,
    I’m more than happy to throw my 2cents in. Even speaking as someone who raises their own food, I have to admit that it’s incredibly difficult to raise ALL of what one needs. And alot of people will think that because I do raise my own, that I think they should as well. What I want is for people to realize they have the right, the responsibility, to KNOW where their food comes from. Do you think CAFOs would exist if the majority of people did what you did at the farmers’ market, Neve? No, because if people knew their food came from that environment, they’d never buy it. Kudos to you for asking the questions(and if you like Icelandic lamb, we should keep in touch, as we’re hoping to add them to our diversity next year).

    That’s why I believe that aiming to be a “locavore” is imperative. Yes, I believe in things being organic. But the US gov’t, in cahoots with the corps, have made a mockery of that term. The only way to know if your food is really being raised the way you expect is to know who is doing it and ask questions. If the farmer gets defensive, it’s likely time to move on.

    Like I said before, I could, truly, talk for hours on this subject, and have. But if anyone has any questions or anything, please feel free to email me – scarlett dot greyson at gmail dot com *smile*

  17. Scarlett,
    I can only imagine how difficult is must be raising your own food. It must be incredibly rewarding too. There are always two sides to every coin, yes?

    We’re programmed to do things the way our parents did things, and the way their parents did things, like going to the grocery store to buy food for our families. I think when I grew up, it was okay to buy meats from the grocery store, and actually my mom would go to a butcher shop for our meat because it always tasted better. Back then, factory farms weren’t as prevalent like they are today. I really don’t think the public realizes how devastating things really are.

    It certainly makes things easier to promote a healthy lifestyle, which includes eating good foods, when I know they’re people like you in the world making a difference. Kudos to me? Ha! Kudos to you and your husband, Scarlett!

    Yes, we will have to talk about the lamb. And thank you again for chiming in a lot here. I appreciate that. I think others appreciate it too. ;-)

  18. ha..sex& candy..sounds like a book title..hold on..hasnt alison a book called sex & candy?..anyway..it works i guess..let me seduce you with my organic strawberries fresh from my garden covered in dark dark chocolate…:-P

    by the way i love lamb too..especially when i do it thai way with figs…yummy..:.)

    and. i enjoy too scarletts input and informational posts about this subject…i hope we arent finished yet with that post..:-)

  19. “I think there are a lot of people that don’t know how or what to eat.”

    It seems to me a considerable part of this is a cultural message that “experts” know best about things that directly concern us, such as what food to feed our bodies. I don’t doubt that there may be quite informative, helpful information from those who have studied the field consciously. However, it also seems to me that our bodies have an intelligence beyond what a part of a us may think it knows, and I have felt that much of the collective cultural messaging we have received may undermine that. The physical body is really so incredible.

    Your commentary about the corporate food companies and drug companies resonates with me too, and also seems related to what I just said above. And as Donna says, it does seem quite disturbing, as the general (fair) perception is that their purpose is to protect/support us. :(

    I also completely agree with what Danielle said,

    “i believe that the stress and pain the animals feel pour into the meat”.

    In addition to the treatment of the animals themselves, I agree that the energy from their experience is in the meat as well, and we consume it. I do eat meat, and I would like the cycle to be that the animals that I consume had a beautiful, supportive, peaceful life (and death).

    In general, I have felt quite impressed with what you’ve said about food here, Danielle. How lovely to be so in touch with and respectful of your body!

    About a year ago I started feeling like I really didn’t want to eat the general meat sold at the grocery store. I have not felt moved to be a vegetarian yet, but I have felt concern about the way animals in the food industry are treated and the energy created by it. I order meat now from U.S. Wellness Meats, which I think might be on the meat list at the “eatwild” website Scarlett referenced. (Or maybe not; perhaps I’ll go check when I’m done writing this comment.) It’s said to be grass-fed beef from farms mostly in the midwest. One of my recent packages came from a small farming community I know of near my hometown (which I just returned from visiting last night). :)

    I just read Scarlett’s comment,

    “Yes, I eat the animals I raise, but I have confidence that they had happy lives up until the day those lives ended.”

    That is EXACTLY what I was saying above. I found your comment about your chickens running to you so beautiful. And wow, that symbiotic farm description you gave I found so interesting. I feel a tiny bit ashamed that I didn’t know that, growing up on a farm in Iowa. :)

    Thank you for this post, Neve. I’ve been traveling the first part of this week and not online much, so I’m just reading it for the first time now. Thank you to Scarlett and Danielle and Donna as well for the resources and commentary. I have appreciated it!

    Oh, and Danielle — Sex and Candy is an anthology edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel. :) Donna has a story in it!

    Namaste all.

  20. Hi Danielle,
    Yes, there is a Sex and Candy Anthology out. I have it in a storage box somewhere. I just read Emerald’s comments above and the antho is RKB. I’ll take those orgasmic (organic) strawberries covered in dark chocolate anytime. Talk about yum!

  21. Namaste, Emerald,
    Thank you for commenting. I am not surprised to know my friend of mind, body and soul enlightenment takes a pro-active approach towards food as well.

    Good for you for caring about others health as well as your own. It always feels extra good when you do the right thing, yes?

    p.s. I hope you had a nice trip and visit back home. I’ll look for that blog posting soon.

  22. ah thank you emerald..i m glad we share the point of view..:-)
    sometimes i m not too sure if i m in touch with my body, but i m always in touch with my soul/spirit..that helps a lot to “feel” whats right…i have been traveling the states a lot but i dont remember anymore if you have also this saying about “listening to your belly/stomach”.that what i do mainly..even when my head says “go right”..as long as my belly says “go left”..i ll make a left…
    and what also is very important to me is to be in touch with my environment…i just love to be in woods, parks..green anything…just to be there and to expirience it..a few nights ago ..the day was so hot..and then there was the rain late in the evening..after it a made a nighlty tour of conversation with my long time partner in crime renata through the park and there were a lot limewood/linden tree…and after the heat and the rain the leaves and blossoms just burst with their scent…the whole light was smelling like their blossoms…i love these moments ..they make me wanna strip of my clothes and disapear in the woods…:-)

  23. Excellent post, Neve, and great comments from your visitors. As you know, I’ve been actively seeking out alternatives to store-bought meat and think the farmer’s markets in the area are one step toward altering my diet for the better, as well as supporting what I believe in by voting with my money.

    The problem now is how to inform the rest of the country about what all of us here already know and believe? As you saw in the movie, the economics of food, particularly being poor and needing to stretch one’s food dollars as much as possible, often leads people to make the poorest choices which ultimately negatively impact their health as well as their children’s health and their outlook on food later in life.

  24. Thanks Miles,
    Yes, you’re very much in tune with the world around you. I share your concern with spreading (no pun intended) the word to the folks that don’t want or can’t see what’s really going on. People’s lives are extremely busy and the gazillion dollar money making corporations love the fact that a lot of people will use the convenience, and albeit less expensive product they offer instead of choosing another road, less traveled – Yes, Jack Kerouac was onto something, me thinks.

    Maybe we can each offer to take someone we know to Whole Foods, the WestSide Market, or Tremont’s Farmer’s Market; introducing them to an alternative way to shop. It takes time for the wheels to make one full turn, you know? One tiny step each day and then before you know it, someone else will be posting their rage about this subject on their blog too.

    Thank you for commenting Miles and thank you for getting my ass to that film. I had to close my eyes and plug my ears when it came to the parts about the animals, otherwise I would have pucked…but this girl gets the message and is spreading it the best way she can.

  25. voting with my money!..i love that phrase..because thats what we all have to do

    and neve..the idea that each of us takes a person we know to a place where we buy or healthy stuff is an awsoem idea..we should really do this!

  26. ah..i had forgotten to mention something..genetic changed food..whats ur opinion about it?

    since we have a bad economy situation here in germany too and peoples money situation get worse all the time of course people try to safe their money…and recently i read an article about a poll/survey about genetic changed foods they made here in germany ..and peoples answers were in 82% of the cases: yes we would eat that stuff if it were cheaper then regular(healthy) food….

    when i read that i was really worried since i think its totally irresponsible to mess around with genetic foods since nobody know what the after-effects might be…dont wanna end up like the fish at the simpsons…with three eyes…

  27. Miles said,
    “particularly being poor and needing to stretch one’s food dollars as much as possible”

    I think this is really significant. It’s one thing for those of us who feel we can afford it to shop and eat this way, but for some people it does not seem to be an option. It amazes me how making healthful choices often seems (at least in this country) to be so financially expensive, and then we wonder why we have such an unhealthy citizenship. (Not that that’s the only reason.)

    And Danielle, I hear you about concern about genetic food altering. I don’t feel hugely informed about it, but it does seem to me that when/if we think we know better than nature how to do something that nature does, I feel a bit apprehensive. I don’t think we know better than nature in general, and thus making alterations to what nature does, well, naturally, seems a bit ominous to me.

    On the other hand, I have heard the argument that, “That’s an easy argument to make for someone who has never been starving.” Genetic food alteration has been proposed to provide more food for places where people don’t have enough food or resources to live.

    Of course, I have also read that there is more than enough food to feed everyone on the planet, we just don’t currently utilize a distribution method that allows universal access to it. I don’t know (don’t know how these things are studied or tested), but I don’t at all doubt that that may be the case.

  28. a while ago i read an article about the fact that if germany would stop eating meat we could solve? the hunger in the third world with what we feed to cows, goose, chicken, sheep ect…another point for you you lovely veggeterians…:-*

  29. Danielle and Emerald,
    My late father’s brother, my uncle, Gary, who I’m not in touch with too often was a gentic agricultural engineer. He made sure tomatoes fit into the plastic, square containers you sometimes find in the produce section. He’s teaching now, or I think he still is. The last time I spoke with him, he’d become more Zen in nature.

    Like Emerald, I’ve never been faced with starvation, so this isn’t a judgment for those that agree to genetically altered food, but the thought of producing food for the masses reminds me of the 1973 flick, Soylent Green, starring Charleton Heston. Go here for the link.

    My feeling is things that are good for us are always abundant. We never run out of good. Lack consciousness is scarcity minded and I try to think in terms being prosperous – we don’t really need to alter food, we simply need to change the natural paradigm.

    *stepping down from my soap box now*

  30. ha..i thought of soylent green too!!

    sure..i guess all of us (at least i hope so) have never been faced with starvation and in the case of sure we all eat what ever we can get (well all but cooked carrots:-P)…but as long as we have the possibilty to eat healthy stuff thats what we should do…

    the more we speak about this topic the more stuff comes back into my mind..for example a doku if seen a while ago ..people went to school to speak with children about their eating habits and about food…they didnt even know half of the vegetables and fruits by its name nor ever had eaten them…:-/….

  31. “My feeling is things that are good for us are always abundant.”

    What a lovely offering!!!

    “we simply need to change the natural paradigm”

    Yes, this resonates with me too.

    Oh, wow, Danielle. That seems amazing. :(

  32. Danielle,
    You know Soylent Green? I’m impressed. You’re a light year generation behind me and I was, around 10 when I saw Soylent Green as well as Charleton Heston’s other Sci-Fi thriller, The Omega Man. I’m so dating myself here. Oh well, what better way to slow down the aging process than to eat, good healthy food and have as many abundant orgasms as possilbe. Ahhhhh. Words to live by, me thinks.

  33. Hi Em,
    I had a feeling my words might resonate with you. You’re so spirtually enlightened.

    I do try and remain positive and keep positive, happy thoughts into my brain, so I will continue to attract more of the same. It’s a simple way to live. I think it’s a healthier way to live too.

    See you both over at Jeremy’s today!

  34. yep..i saw him when i was like..hm..six..with my mom…but didnt really understand it by then..and years later again when i was around..hm*..18…actually i watch many movies who are older then i am myself..:-)

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