I’ve been researching and writing about what’s in food for almost 10 years now and believe me – it hasn’t left me unscathed. The last 3 posts I’ve written, “Getting Ripped Off In A Restaurant,” “Sulfites In Food: Sodium Metabisulfite,” and “Meat Glue: Is Your Steak Real Or Fake,” have renewed the sense in me of food panic.
That’s right: food panic, akin to what I had when I read those classics by authors such as Morgan Spurlock (“Don’t Eat This Book-The Supersizing Of America.”) and the mother lode of information about the food industry, “Fast Food Nation” by Eric Schlosser.
The meat glue article I researched a few days ago now has me totally off going into restaurants and ordering what is supposed to be a good cut of steak. For all I know it’s cobbled together pieces of a lesser cut made out to be the real McCoy of prime steak. That’s got me freaked out! To know, also, that perhaps unsuspecting restaurant patrons who, for religious reasons, do not eat beef or pork may also be eating it when they order fish cuts. The fact that we as a country are being lied to left and right by not only our government (read the FDA, USDA and others) who are designed to protect us, but the entire restaurant industry as well.
Bottom line is unless you stay home all the time and cook organic food for yourself there is really no way to know what you are eating.
How many of us do that?
I work part-time in a grocery store. I’m freaked out about the produce, constantly wondering what’s on it. (yeah I know – various pesticides) – that’s gotten me off store-bought veggies.
I won’t even buy anything from the meat counter. Images of cattle, pigs and chickens strung up on assembly line processing conveyors – not to mention how they are raised and what they are fed and them what they are injected with prior to slaughter – scares the crap out of me.
Who are we really supposed to trust? Can we truly put our faith IN organics? What about GMO contamination?
We’re supposed to be able to trust the government’s agencies to protect us from unscrupulous food practices but it’s been shown in the past that they can’t even do THIS job effectively. The FDA is like an old toothless dog. It can’t bite back or even look threatening because of Washington’s lobbyists from Big Food. As far as I am concerned, the FDA is a waste of time. The USDA is in the same class with the FDA – another toothless wonder mired in bribes and bullshit. Forget the EPA, too. They’ve backpedaled on their share of protective efforts – all because of the money in Washington. This is sickening.
Yeah – I’m feeling kind of hopeless right now. Scared too, because what are we supposed to do? The food industry has us by the balls and in the article below by Eric Schlosser, it seems things haven’t gotten any better.
I’m wondering what or what NOT to eat next. Sometimes I wish I still was ignorant about all of this; could go back 10 years and not know what I know about food.
The only thing I can do is keep reading labels, trying to limit my intake of suspect foods (which right at the moment is ALL of them!) and keep passing on information to you in hopes that it makes you more aware. Perhaps you, too, will want to add your voice to the maddening crowd.