I’ve been reading a lot about our food system these days. “In Defense of Food,” by Michael Pollan has given me a huge dose of reality in the types of food we used to eat and what passes for food today. It’s a history lesson in our ’3 squares’ a day.
In the daily news we hear about food, what’s good for us, and what shouldn’t be included in our daily diets. Doesn’t it make you wonder exactly what’s safe to put in your mouth? It sure does me.
Especially when you hear reports about the Humane Society’s undercover investigation of a California slaughterhouse that directly led to the biggest beef recall in history. Hallmark/Westland Meat Packing in Chino, Calif., is now recognized as a big offender of humane treatment of farm animals.
Consequently, the U.S. Department of Agriculture shut down this meat packing company. With 7,800 pairs of eyes scrutinizing 6,200 slaughterhouses and food processors across the nation, what went wrong?
I love the quote someone said, “If slaughterhouses had windows, we’d all be vegetarians.” Maybe we should require these standards. We give lip service about wanting to know but we don’t really want to look at the inhuman treatment and the ultimate cost in pain and suffering.
I’m not a vegetarian and probably never will be. I like baby back ribs and filet mignon way too much to give them up but I do limit my intake of meat.
I eat a lot of fish and seafood and the other day I visited my local grocery store. As I bellied up to the fish counter, I eyed the selections and was taken aback at signs that read scallops imported from China and shrimp imported from India.
If China puts lead in kid’s toys and poisons our dogs and cats with tainted food, what makes you think they’re going to care about what they export for human consumption?
Who inspects these products on their journey from foreign countries? Sure, it’s supposed to be the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) but as we all know, more unsafe imports keep the FDA busier than ever these days. Just who’s watching our food supply?