Those of you who know me, either through this blog or in real life, know that I am neither religious nor liberal. I have said here before that, while I believe the earth is in a warming phase, I’m not 100% sure I buy that man is mostly responsible. In my political beliefs I tend to be in the middle of the road. In regard to religion I just don’t buy it. Period. That said, there are things about the eco-friendly cause that I do believe and I read an article here at the Mommy off the Record blog that solidified my belief. See, I think we’re being poisoned by big business and our government. I know, I know. Now I’m starting to sound like Mel Gibson in Conspiracy Theory, but bear with me.
Years ago, people used to eat food, real food. Not partially hydrogenated anything, no high fructose corn syrup, no xzygfhjkrdwseti. All things had a mommy/daddy, or you could identify them as having grown somewhere. In the name of “convenience” companies started packaging our food for us and in order to do so they had to lengthen the life of these products. Enter additives and preservatives. Ok, so then an entire business is built on the food industry and we are dependent on others for our food. We trust that what has been approved by our government is safe for us to eat so we eat it. Now I’m afraid that the love of money has encouraged folks to disregard the risks of certain ingredients and incorporate them in our daily bread, so to speak. Look at all this crap coming out of China for goodness sake! We assume that when we go to Target and buy a toy it’s going to be safe. A little common sense must come into play, of course. You wouldn’t buy a toy with tiny pieces for a baby but, the toy you WOULD buy should be safe for them to put into their mouth for crying out loud! We the consumer are completely in the dark as far as the process involved in packaging our food and that is a scary thought. How do we know our food is safe? We don’t! We just eat it and hope that we’re not going to fall over dead from it.
There is another conspiracy at play here. Eating healthy is price prohibitive. Why is that? When there is less processing involved why is organic and healthy food so much more expensive? The green movement is huge right now and, while I don’t begrudge anyone a profit, why can’t these eco-conscious companies provide their products at a reasonable cost to consumers? Some of the companies are small and their production costs may be higher than those involved in a larger operation. Hell, I can afford the healthier products and I balk at the prices so what is someone living at the poverty level going to do about it? Don’t they deserve to be healthy, too?
Like I said, people, bear with me. This is a fluid chain of thought and so is not complete in my head yet. I’m still figuring out where I stand. I just think the big companies should start offering food options that are good for all of us and stop offering the unhealthy crap that they produce in droves. There should be more competition in the healthy food market and then the prices will come down. It shouldn’t be trendy to eat healthfully. It should just be What We Do.