Such simple words.
You may think that it would be easy to come by… because after all, that is what has sustained the world for hundreds of thousands of years. People back then just ate food and knew it would nourish them and their loved ones. Communities were close knit and everyone knew how to work the land in some way or another. Whether it be through hunter-gathering, farming, fishing or gardening — people were rooted to the earth.
Fast forward to 2013 and most people are in the hustle and bustle of the rat race, they hardly spend any time outside, and most have probably never harvested their own vegetable. Now more than ever organic isn’t what is used to be and you have to be label literate and term savy. You have to know which foods contain the most pesticides, you need to make sure you get quality honey and olive oil because most likely store bought kinds are fake and laced with cheaper ingredients. You have to know the true meaning behind when companies claim that their products are “all natural,” “free-range,” “cage-free,” “zero trans-fat.” Even the term “grass-fed” may not be what you assume.
Things like artificial flavors, colorings, additives, antibiotics and growth related hormones taint our food in every corner. Companies create products to be addictive so you can not escape the cravings. They manipulate their packaging to make the products appear healthy and can because of loose labeling laws. Probably one of the most unfortunate parts is that here in the United States many companies add toxic ingredients that they don’t add in the same food product overseas.
If you want to stay away from genetically modified foods, you either have to make sure the product you are buying is 100% certified organic or buy from a local trusted source. Even after all of this, you still may be eating something tainted with genetically engineered ingredients because of cross-contamination.
Because of this, more and more people are starting to be really careful with what they buy and they drive great distances to obtain clean food (some people drive 150 miles to get clean food from Joel Salatin’s Polyface farm). More people are going back to their roots, learning how to garden and are becoming more self-sufficient. Growing your own food and creating personal relationships with farmers is the safest bet to making sure you and your family are eating the cleanest of foods.
My cousin shared the video below with me and it was very inspirational. What a great way to keep kids off the streets by teaching them about value and patience through gardening, with the end result of being rewarded with nourishing, make-you-feel-good food. Not to mention it’s a great way of building a community. If only we could see this happening all around the country– maybe then we would see positive changes.
I’ve learned if you want to solve a problem efficiently, you have to dig deep down to the root of it all and figure out what is causing the destruction. Whether it be personal problems, world problems, community problems — the concept stays the same.
Find the root of what is causing the issue and work from there.
You might just be surprised how quickly things can turn around for the better. The important thing to remember here is that no effort is too small.
Until next time,
Loriel – Healthy Roots, Happy Soul
This post is part of: Sunday School Blog Carnival, Fat Tuesdays, Eco-Kids Tuesday, Backyard Farming Connection, Teach Me Tuesdays, The Gathering Spot, Family Table Tuesday, Anti-Procrastination Tuesday, Healthy Tuesdays, Titus 2sday,
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