I’ve long had this theory that the food we’re eating is making us sick. The reason we have high occurances of cancers, diabetes and other ailments is because the things we’re eating aren’t created properly. As a society, we’re being lied to. We go to that fast food joint and buy what is labeled as a “cheeseburger.” But how much of that little patty sandwiched between two seseme seed buns is actually burger? Are you aware that 70 percent of burgers contain a meat filler product that has been washed in amonia in order to kill e-coli? Amonia, if ingested in its usual form, requires medical attention, so then why is it okay for companies to be using it to clean our meat? And we wonder why people are sick? The other night, as I was watching television and Ron was snoring in the bed beside me, I watched the most amazing documentary on PBS: Food, Inc. Basically, a filmmaker started out creating a film about how food gets to our tables, but along the way, he uncovered the corruptness of the American food system. Decades ago, there were dozens of slaughterhouses in America–now there’s only 5-6. So all these cows, one of which may be sick, are filtered through the same places. Since e-coli is transmitted through feces, which cows spend lots of time standing in on some farms that don’t allow their animals to free roam, it’s rather easy for one sick cow to infect a ton of cows. And, since they all go to the same slaughterhouses, the meat from those sick cows gets mixed with the healthy cows and bam, we have sick children and massive recalls. There’s a woman in the film whose two year old son, Kevin, contracted e-coli and died in less than 20 days. She later found out e-coli had been discovered in this particular companies meat before her son contracted it, but a recall wasn’t actually issued until after he had died. How insane is that? In our country, the idea is why make it right when we could make it faster, bigger and larger. Why go through the process of raising a chicken in three months, when we could inject it with hormones and have it ready and larger in 39 days? Well, is that 39-day chicken even a chicken or is it some sort of psuedo chicken? I’d much rather wait my three months for a nice, healthy chicken than eat the robo-chicken. Not to mention, there are pesticide companies making genetically modified seeds which are then resistant to their pesticide. And since genetically modified foods can be patented by said company, any farmers not using the seeds and trying to save their own seeds can be charged with patent infringement. These poor farmers, just trying to carry on their generations-long family farming traditions, are being bullied by billion dollar companies. Now, I’m aware that I may sound like a liberal whack job, and it’s okay if that’s what you think. But, personally, I’d rather pay a little more for free-range, antiobotic-free chicken than eat the robo-chicken. I’d rather buy an organic potato than buy one that comes from a seed that was invented in a lab by a company known for creating pesticides. If I can buy an organic carrot and maybe lower my risk of getting cancer or diabetes, isn’t that with the extra dollar? I think that’s worth some thought. And, I highly recommend the movie. It can be found on Amazon, at your local library and I believe PBS is showing it again Aug. 28. I’ve included the trailer for it below.