FOOD, INC.

I finally got a chance to watch Food, Inc. this week and I tell you… it’s amazing what we allow to happen. As long as we don’t see it or don’t know about it we allow it to continue. I know that as long as it’s cheaper to buy fast food than it is fruit and vegetables that things won’t change but we need to remember that this is OUR COUNTRY and if we want things to be better we can make it happen. You vote each day with the decisions you make.

Did you know that you could save roughly $750 a year just by eliminating soda products from your diet? Did you know that over 70% of our food contains a corn ingredient (not just High Fructose Corn Syrup)? You can make a difference. Food & Water Watch shows you just what is going on and how to take action.

I know that I have a lot of soapbox issues but I feel like if I don’t say something, who will? If we all just leave this job up to other people then no one does anything. I am very proud of my country. I love America. I cry when I hear the national anthem. I want this country to be proud of itself. I want our children to be safe and healthy and happy. Our food process has radically changed in the last 50 years and we need to show these giant corporations how we feel about it!

If you still haven’t been swayed… check out Kevin’s Law. “Kevin’s Law is named in memory of 2 1/2 -year-old Kevin Kowalcyk, who died so tragically in 2001 after eating a hamburger contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. Kevin’s untimely death was agonizing and brutal. No child, no person should experience the pain that Kevin did, and no family should have to bear witness to a loved one suffering in the way that Kevin did.”

I am not going to continue to talk about this depressing subject. I will only urge you do DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. The most important change you can make today besides quit eating fast food, is purchase organic milk and organic meat. Even if you only do these two things you will make a difference for yourself, your family, and the environment. Even if nothing else.

If you have the means to go farther you should consider joining a local farm co-op and get some local fresh fruits and veggies once a week. Please don’t continue to let this be the way we take care of ourselves. Make healthy choices. In closing, I want to leave you with Woody Guthrie singing This Land Is Your Land. It is a powerful song written in 1956 and still resonates with us today. Also, I’m including a quote about the late Woody Guthrie that I think sums up my thoughts exactly.

“Woody is just Woody. Thousands of people do not know he has any other name. He is just a voice and a guitar. He sings the songs of a people and I suspect that he is, in a way, that people. Harsh voiced and nasal, his guitar hanging like a tire iron on a rusty rim, there is nothing sweet about Woody, and there is nothing sweet about the songs he sings. But there is something more important for those who still listen. There is the will of a people to endure and fight against oppression. I think we call this the American spirit.”

-John Steinbeck

This Land Is Your Land

This land is your land This land is my land
From California to the New York island;
From the red wood forest to the Gulf Stream waters
This land was made for you and Me.

As I was walking that ribbon of highway,
I saw above me that endless skyway:
I saw below me that golden valley:
This land was made for you and me.

I’ve roamed and rambled and I followed my footsteps
To the sparkling sands of her diamond deserts;
And all around me a voice was sounding:
This land was made for you and me.

When the sun came shining, and I was strolling,
And the wheat fields waving and the dust clouds rolling,
As the fog was lifting a voice was chanting:
This land was made for you and me.

As I went walking I saw a sign there
And on the sign it said “No Trespassing.”
But on the other side it didn’t say nothing,
That side was made for you and me.

In the shadow of the steeple I saw my people,
By the relief office I seen my people;
As they stood there hungry, I stood there asking
Is this land made for you and me?

Nobody living can ever stop me,
As I go walking that freedom highway;
Nobody living can ever make me turn back
This land was made for you and me.

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