09 August 2008

Industrialized Food is Not Cheap

"Globalized industrialized food is not cheap: it is too costly for the Earth, for the farmers, for our health. The Earth can no longer carry the burden of groundwater mining, pesticide pollution, disappearance of species and destabilization of the climate. Farmers can no longer carry the burden of debt, which is inevitable in industrial farming with its high costs of production. It is incapable of producing safe, culturally appropriate, tasty, quality food. And it is incapable of producing enough food for all because it is wasteful of land, water and energy. Industrial agriculture uses ten times more energy than it produces. It is thus ten times less efficient."

Dr. Vandana Shiva, scientist, world-renowned author, and grassroots leader in India. Member of the Policy Advisory Board of the Organic Consumers Association.

I found this powerful quote and wanted to share. Have you ever thought about where the food you are eating came from? How was it produced? Only now is the government releasing information on how nutrient poor our food is, and what that actually means to us as we eat it. Did you know that the nutrients are what provide the flavor? Did you know that it is the nutrients that "fill us" and tell us when to stop eating? Did you know that the poorer the nutrient level of the food you are eating, the more of it you feel compelled to eat to reach satiety?

That is something to think about as you are preparing your food for yourself, and your family. How do I find nutrient rich food? What is the best food to be eating? Is there a way that I can help to get more nutrients back into the soil?

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