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Food, Inc. August 16, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Health & Wellness.

My primary goal as a writer is to get people to think.  I don’t expect readers to adopt my view of the world.  But I do want to encourage them to be a bit more conscious in the choices they make in their daily lives.

Especially in the food they eat.

The way we produce food in this country leads to horrific suffering on the part of the animals, tremendous environmental damage to the planet, and increased health risks to consumers from improperly handled food.

For an excellent overview:  Food, Inc.

Mass produced food may be cheaper at the supermarket than more humanely raised food . . . but that statement doesn’t really go far enough because it ignores the hidden costs.

When the REAL COSTS (to animals, our health, and the planet) are factored into the equation . . . mass produced food definitely is NOT cheaper.

The solution?  We need more education.

Once educated, people realize they can eat far more economically and healthfully by switching to a LESS-MEAT or MEAT-LESS diet ~ improving their lives, the lives of animals, and the future of the planet in the process.

It is increased demand for meat and dairy products that pushes the food industry to cut corners by raising animals inhumanely.  When the demand for beef drops, we can go back to raising cows in a humane manner.  Same goes for chickens and hogs.

Sure, the meat will cost more, but if families only have meat a few times a week (or month) . . . they’ll hardly notice.

We need to ignore the Beef Industry’s rallying cries of “BEEF . . . it’s what’s for dinner!” and Hillshire Farm’s marketing slogan, “Go Meat!” and rally round the good stuff ~ fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, beans, and chocolate!

To improve your health, and reduce the demand for inhumanely raised animals (cows, pigs, sheep, and chicken):

Tip #1:  Become a vegetarian or vegan.

Visit the Vegetarian Resource Group (VRG) for delicious and healthy menu ideas and recipes.

Order a Vegetarian Starter Kit (or view on-line) at: Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM).

Download a Guide to Vegetarian Eating (PDF file) from the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).

Tip #2:  If you must eat meat, reduce your consumption  to avoid ingesting chemicals, pesticides, growth hormones, and antibiotics at every meal.

Tip #3: Purchase meat produced in the most sustainable manner you can find and afford.

As indicated in The Truth Behind Meat Labels, the best choice is Certified Organic.

Tip #4: Buy meat from local farmers so you can ask about their practices and observe their operations.  This keeps money in your local economy and away from huge conglomerates (e.g., Perdue, Hillshire Farms, and Tyson).

Related posts:  Join a C.S.A. * Become A Voice of Compassion * A Trip to the Farmer’s Market Health Benefits From Greening Your Life * Got Milk?  Toss It Out!Go HSUS!  * All The Gory Details * Top Ten List ~ Vegetarian * Gradual Change



1. souldipper - August 16, 2010

I’m an Alkaline Vegetarian because I do not want to have candida yeast coursing through my blood stream causing joints to ache or giving cancer a roaring start in acidic conditions. It also means I can eat stuff I love too (like chocolate), but I pay attention to how much and what I eat with it. I have lots of choice and lots of freedom – it’s a lifestyle, not a dietary maze.

nrhatch - August 16, 2010

I have never heard of an Alkaline Vegetarian. I shall have to google it! : )

Glad that you can eat chocolate. Life is better with chocolate.

2. nrhatch - August 16, 2010

Link to a quick overview of Alkaline diets: http://www.eating-veggies.com/vegetarian.htm

souldipper - August 16, 2010

Well done, Nancy. That is a very good overview of the combined eating styles. I truly love it. Everything tastes heavenly to me now and I can eat large quantities of my special loves – without consequences. But I walk daily and that helps.

nrhatch - August 16, 2010

I expect that I am an alkaline vegetarian (albeit an unknowing one) since fruits and veggies make up at least 50-75% of our diet, and we eat lots of almonds!

3. souldipper - August 16, 2010

You may not find that ‘handle’ on Google, Nancy. I have combined two approaches to eating. Voila, a new label! However, cancer survivors may adopt it if they want to get away from cancer thriving bodies. (I’m not a cancer survivor and don’t want to be!)

nrhatch - August 16, 2010

I found it right away, but not with that “handle.”

Just several articles that addressed the benefits of alkaline and vegetarian diets.

So much disease could be eliminated if people cut back on fatty meats and processed foods and increased their consumption of fruits and veggies.

4. theonlycin - August 16, 2010

Well said Nancy. We support ‘little’ shops like butcheries, bakeries, greengocers etc who are directly supplied by independent farms, rather than supermarket chains who are supplied by ‘factory farms’.

nrhatch - August 16, 2010

That’s excellent.

Supporting smaller, independent farms is a great way to ensure that farmland is preserved for future generations.

5. Naomi - August 17, 2010

Thanks for the wonderful, informative article and comments! I have to admit that we do eat meat, albeit mostly chicken and far less than might be suggested by the blood group diet, both of us being O’s (apparently the original ‘hunters’). Don’t know if there’s any truth to that, but can say for certain that daily fresh juicing is the cornerstone to our health, including weight.

nrhatch - August 17, 2010

Juicing is a great way to pack in the nutrients without packing on the pounds.

I’m “O” and have thrived on a vegetarian diet for 13 years. But I never much liked meat and do not miss it. Probably while the other hunters hunted, I shuddered in horror and filled up on berries and nuts. : )

6. Naomi Estment - August 17, 2010

Great to hear that, thanks Nance. Inspired by all of you, I shall move towards a more veggie diet 🙂

nrhatch - August 17, 2010


I just made a huge pot of vegetarian chili ~ onions, peppers, celery, carrots, black beans, kidney beans, pinto beans, crushed tomatoes, and seasonings. We’ll serve it over brown rice with fresh baked bread on the side.

No one ever notices that the meat is “missing.” : )

7. Naomi - August 17, 2010

Oh wow, that sound delicious! Would you care to share a recipe?

nrhatch - August 17, 2010

It’s not on here yet, but I’ll add it soon.

In the meantime, here’s one of the veggie recipes I’ve posted, with links at the bottom to most of the others:


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