Have you ever wondered why a hamburger at Mickey D’s costs less than a bunch of spinach?
It IS odd isn’t it?
You may not know it, but we’re subsidizing the production of hamburgers to keep them nice and cheap — all over the world. Our government spends billions of dollars in subsidies that go into the production of corn and soybeans that feed tens of thousands of factory-farmed animals that are inhumanely treated and then slaughtered and served to us through the local drive thru.
Now, if those hamburgers were actually nourishing our bodies somehow those subsidies might not be such a bad idea. But we DO scientifically know that the consumption of these products is one of the primary causes of all the health problems and diseases that are compromising our well being. It’s absolutely insane. We’re subsidizing the creation of sickness.
What’s most ironic (and incredibly annoying) is the fact that we’re not only subsidizing the destruction of our health we’re also subsidizing the “cure” of health ailments that could have been avoided in the first place. Knowing that the meat and dairy factory farms and pharmaceutical industries are profiting enormously at the expense of our health as they destroy the environment doesn’t give me a warm fuzzy feeling.
I say it’s time we do something about it and not allow these incredibly potent corporations to continue controlling the food supply at our expense. Subsidies can’t match the dollars we spend as a collective. We can change this around.
If we don’t change, if we don’t do anything about this, it appears that factory farms will soon make family farms a thing of the past, and our kids and generations to come won’t have access to the pure and natural sources of food that we took for granted.
What can we do?
Take your grocery list to a local Farmer’s Market near you. Find one by searching Local Harvest website. Sustainable family farmers who raise animals totally free of antibiotics, hormones, and pesticides can be found in your area by searching Local Dirt. Coincidently, these are the kinds of real farmers that are commonly illustrated on the labels of corporate factory farms.
America’s kids need better food at home and at school. We need to keep cooking skills alive. Please take a moment to go check out Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution for inspiration.
There’s a lot we can do together to change things for the better if we decide.
”We have given up to the agribusiness corporations a essential component of our responsibility as human beings and we should now believe of methods to take it back.” – Wendell Berry, author of The Meat You Eat