Last week I think I overloaded the Monday post with too many links. Today I’ll try to ease up a bit…
- If you haven’t seen Food, Inc. yet, and are still eating conventional meat, you won’t after you read this New York Times article: E. Coli Path Shows Flaws in Beef Inspection. The problem is, like always, there’s no mention of the better option: buying from farms you trust, who raise animals right! (Although I didn’t read all six pages, maybe that’s buried in there somewhere, but I doubt it.) Here’s an excerpt:
“The frozen hamburgers that the Smiths ate, which were made by the food giant Cargill, were labeled “American Chef’s Selection Angus Beef Patties.” Yet confidential grinding logs and other Cargill records show that the hamburgers were made from a mix of slaughterhouse trimmings and a mash-like product derived from scraps that were ground together at a plant in Wisconsin. The ingredients came from slaughterhouses in Nebraska, Texas and Uruguay, and from a South Dakota company that processes fatty trimmings and treats them with ammonia to kill bacteria.”
Thanks to Jen for sending me the link. She had this to say about the article:
“This was the most amazing passage to me: ‘Dr. Kenneth Petersen, an assistant administrator with the department's Food Safety and Inspection Service, said that the department could mandate testing, but that it needed to consider the impact on companies as well as consumers. “I have to look at the entire industry, not just what is best for public health,” Dr. Petersen said.’ WHAT?!?!? Hello! He better take another look at his job title!”
- In many instances, not all, eating well costs more. Especially when it comes to your meat, the phrase “you get what you pay for” is true, plain and simple. However, there are many ways to be frugal and eat well. The key is saving money any way you can on other foods, so you can afford buying better meat. Have you seen these posts all about frugal nourishing meals?
- Today I’ve also posted a comment from an overwhelmed reader struggling with this very issue of how to afford eating healthier, I hope you’ll go there and give her tips for saving money on real food.
- More about meat that is safe to eat (more nutritious, too) and where to find it.
- Woohoooooooo, wait until you read about these big meanies: Monsanto being investigated. “At issue is how the world's largest seed company sells and licenses its patented genes. Monsanto has licensing agreements with seed companies that let those companies insert Monsanto genes into about 96 percent of U.S. soybean crops and 80 percent of all corn crops.” (Thanks for sending this info to me, Elaine!)