We've all had the unfortunate experience of watching someone suffer from the second leading cause of death. It seems like we can't escape it. But what causes it? There's no one answer, yet everyday someone is coming forth exposing the truth of what we once thought was harmless.
Today, Nestle recalled over 238,000 cases of Hot Pocket pastries because they may contain meat that was included in the nearly 9 MILLION pounds of "diseased and unsound" beef products. Unless you are a college student or still living in your mother's basement, this is what we are feeding our youth.
Food practices in such a developed country like The United States of America seem to be subpar from the rest of the world. Simply because we have access to 'premium' cut meats and 'homegrown' fruit and vegetables doesn't mean we have access to the intended, natural nutrition. We also allow common food that is banned in other countries to be sold on our shelves. As consumers, we've been blind and uneducated.
Ol' MacDonald no longer has a farm. Instead, major corporations and food distribution centers strategically implement practices such as harmful pesticides and hormones that devalue the food but increase shelf life and maximize profit. The same practices that help contribute to air pollution.
I'm not against someone earning a dollar, but it wasn't until recently that I realized 'buyer beware' was included determining what's for dinner.
It's apparent the FDA isn't capable of protecting our health. It comes down to educating ourselves of such practices and exactly what we are putting into our bodies. Instead of congress worrying about hormones and steroids in Major League Baseball, maybe they should focus on hormones in the food we eat. Instead of worrying about the next episode of The Kardashians, maybe we should focus on keeping up with the carcinogens.
Climate change and recent research are bringing the harsh reality of our diet into question. Nothing is suddenly going to appear that will cure these problems. Food shouldn't be a science experiment. There's a reason why the number of cancer cases increases each year.
Millions upon millions are spent each year on finding a cure for cancer. It's time we take a different approach and do what we can to prevent the disease. It starts in the air we breathe, the food we eat and the water we drink. Educating yourself on the practices and actual ingredients in food processing doesn't make you a hipster, hippy, liberal, or pussy. It simply means you care more about tomorrow than today. Which is a way of life we should all embrace.
This isn't a plea for you to become a vegetarian or vegan or even a tree hugger. It's encouragement to be aware of your surroundings. A lot of you get worked up over government control, taxes and healthcare… these are all effects of a cause. Prevention is the easiest way to avoid a problem. Educate yourself! You're not only doing yourself a favor, but you're doing the person next to you a service as well.
Or are we all so naive that we don't think it will happen to us? Before you answer that question, make a list of people you personally know who have been diagnosed with cancer in the past 2 years. Make a change that will truly make a difference. Running a marathon or wearing a yellow Livestrong (made of rubber) won't protect you or your friends and family from cancer.