The only thing to fear... is the food we eat.

Ok. So, I'm a little concerned (to say the very least) that in the last three weeks it has come to light via various media channels that we have been eating, are eating and will probably continue to eat poison food. What's scarier is that it's not the first, nor will it be the last incident that is (or is not) reported. For those of you who have been too busy watching the 137th season of "Inept Idol", let me provide a brief time line.

2007: At least 425 people nationwide, including several in Massachusetts, sickened by Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter that was tainted with salmonella and linked to a Georgia processing plant.

2007: Hundreds of pets sickened or killed by imported pet food tainted with the industrial chemical melamine during production in China. Wheat gluten tainted with melamine also was used to feed thousands of chickens and hogs at American farms. U.S. officials say there is little risk to human health, but those animals have not been released for slaughter, pending an evaluation by the Food Safety and Inspection Service.

2006: Three deaths and at least 200 people sickened by E. coli-tainted bagged spinach, prompting grocery stores to yank the greens from the shelves and restaurants to take it off the menu.

2006: 71 people in at least five states sickened by E. coli-tainted shredded lettuce at Taco Bell restaurants.

Now this may be purely coincidental, but according to the USDA February 2005 U.S. Market Profile for Organic Food Products "The retail sales of organic food products sold in the U.S. was nearly $10.4 billion in 2003, up 20 percent from the previous year..." While in sharp contrast, "the conventional food industry has had an annual growth of 2 percent to 3 percent."

So basically what we're being told is, if we aren't lucky enough to be able to afford the $9.00 Hand-Picked-Still-Warm-From-The-Chicken's-Behind Organic Grain Fed Luxury Henhouse Eggs from the uber-exclusive valet shopping cart service grocery stores, we're outta luck. Damned the single parent who has a hard enough time scraping together lunch money for their child on a daily basis. I know it's hard, because that was me. Damned the family that can't even keep the lights on, let alone worry about the difference between organic and free-range. Damned the kids who are misdiagnosed every year with ADHD, ADD, Autism and countless other behavioral disorders when in fact it's more likely that their poor little bodies are trying to reject the CRAP that their parents are unknowingly feeding them. See: FD&C Red # 40, FD&C Yellow No. 6

Lately it seems that in the United States people are tending to have this wrapped in the flag, "we're No. 1" mentality and all that, but for the Creator's sake please, please, please listen to what other countries are doing about the additives in the food supply and most important of all, read the ingredients of the food you eat. Common sense rules. If you can't pronounce it, your body probably can't use it. I'm no expert, I'm just trying to pay attention.

Peace and Understanding.
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