I was blissfully ignorant about our food situation until I saw Food, Inc. That caused me to pause and think for a bit. I wrote this post pondering whether we're in a food crisis? I guess it's not a crisis in the same sense that a food shortage is. We have plenty of food and for that we're blessed. But it may be killing us all the same. In my previous post I laid blame on the government. I realize everyone has his ax to grind, including the organic folks, but something just doesn't smell right with Monsanto (world's largest seed company) and the FDA. In 2009 Obama appointed Michael Taylor, former Monsanto executive and past Monsanto chief attorney and lobbyist, as Food Czar over the FDA. No conflicting interests there. Then more recently, the USDA decided to allow Monsanto and other biotech firms to determine for themselves the environemental safety of their GMOs (genetically modified organisms). Hmmm. I'm all for the government to butt out and let companies make a profit, but it seems fishy that big oil gets crucified while Monsanto gets a pass. I guess big oil just doesn't have enough of its executives in high places.
I'm really not a conspiracy theorist. (Though I do blame GE and their massive
But that's all old news. Two things have caused me to revisit this food issue. First, my one year old seems to be allergic to foods that none of the rest of us have ever been bothered by. Why all of a sudden would our sixth child have all these crazy food allergies? And he isn't the only one. I know several moms with babies right now who have food allergies. They're also perplexed. And we're not talking peanuts, but staples like wheat and corn, milk and oats. What's up with that?
So there you have it. My paranoid ramblings on our food. What do you think? Have you noticed any of these trends? What can we really do about it? Have you read any good books on this topic lately?