Wanting to know more about the origins of the food we eat is a good idea. Many of us these days are into organic fruit and vegetables. This is produce that is grown without the use of chemical pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers. Visiting Farmers’ Markets is a great way to find and buy this sort of produce. In fact, if you have ever visited a Farmer’s Market, then you may have noticed some organic meat vendors. They sell meat at higher prices than what is available in supermarkets so is it really worth it?
There are many ways in which we can find out where the food on our plate actually comes from. Recently I have been educating myself about this topic by watching movies about the food industry. Some interesting films include, Food Inc., The Future of Food and King Corn. Through watching these movies I have discovered that the meat that we eat is not so much raised as manufactured.
Cows now eat a diet that is totally different from what I thought. If I was to ask you to imagine cows eating, do you think of cows grazing on some grass? This was my image. But in actual fact, cattle mainly live on vast cattle feed lots. These are literally, massive cattle pens that “house” hundreds, if not thousands of cows. Now a days, instead of eating grass, they are fed mainly on grains, in particular, corn.
The primary reason for this is that it helps to fatten them up much more quickly. This means that they can be slaughtered sooner. In effect, it is for economic reasons that their diet has been changed. But is this really good for the cows, and by extension, the people who eat them? This is a question I have been struggling with myself.
Being fed a diet of corn is actually harmful to the cows. So mixed in with their corn are antibiotics that help to fight off illness. To be honest, I find this rather disgusting that our food is being pumped full of medicine.
Due to this, I have been looking towards healthier ways of eating. I’m not saying that I’m going to become a vegetarian or anything like that. Although I do think it’s important that I start to eat more fruits and vegetables. I’ve been studying some Omega juicer reviews because my friend told me just how easy it is to make home made fruit juices with them.
In addition, I feel that eating organic food, even though it is more expensive is the best option when it comes to looking after my own health. I’ve lost faith in our government and agencies that are supposed to be protecting the food supply. These days, it seems that profit is more important than health.