If you’re at all like me, you care a great deal about what you eat. I grow as much food as I can, I buy organic, and I cook from whole ingredients. They are a part of our values as a couple.
That’s why, I find news like this disheartening.
Ultimately, I think the culprit is processed food, rather labeled organic or otherwise. To be healthy, using whole foods and starting from scratch yourself in the best route. It’s cheaper too. Of course, it takes time, but many resources offer ideas on how to manage that time, like make-ahead meals that you can thaw during your busy week. Personally, we make a menu and shop accordingly. We freeze leftovers for when we feel lazy or rushed.
I believe that we have a broken food system. I think that our obesity epidemic is a reflection of that. I also believe that a rise in other diseases are the proverbial canary in the mine about how toxic our world (including food production) has become.
But I always think we have a broken culture. We place more emphasis on being busy than on being happy or even productive. We diddle on our phones while driving, swearing, “I go this,” even as we cause another car accident. Take a stand against the Fast Food Culture that has taken over our lives. Cook a meal. Invite friends over and ban the phone. Share conversation. Make them pledge to reciprocate.