by Robyn O’Brien
“One Mother’s Shocking Investigation into the Dangers of America’s Food Supply– and What Every Family Can Do to Protect Itself “
This book was recommended by H. Knowles who is a new mother with food concerns. Jughandle hasn’t had the opportunity to read this book yet but will add a critique as soon as he does.
On 7/12/2011 1:49 PM, Heather Knowles wrote:
The new blog is looking really great! I didn’t have time until we got back from our trip to check it out but now I’m pretty much caught up. Some really great info on there.I love the mix of post types from things you’ve written, to things you’ve found, to recipes. etc.
I just finished reading the book “The Unhealthy Truth” while we were in the Bahamas.
she talks alot about the hidden things that are in our food and how so many dangerous things in our food supply are prohibited in many other developed countries. One thing from the book that really stuck with me is that in Europe, companies are not allowed to use chemicals in any form (pesticides, fertilizer, preservatives, dyes, etc) in food until it is proven safe. In the US, on the other hand, companies are allowed to use those same chemicals until they are proven unsafe. So WE are the guinea pigs. She pointed out so many studies that have been done in the UK about different chemicals and their side effects, and how they are not allowed in their food, yet they are used here. Her specific examples and outcomes of studies she cited were VERY alarming. Especially when thinking about putting those things into the little bodies of our children. She also talked a good bit about genetically modified corn and soy, and some about the chemical corporation Monsanto and their foot in the door in the FDA. It is a GREAT book, I highly recommend it, in light of your topics on the blog. I think you would really enjoy it.
We have also moved away from processed food, HFCS, sulfates, and MSG over the past few years. A couple of years ago when I was breaking out in hives every day for about 3 months, that all stopped within a few weeks of us going to a more whole food diet. We have found that we both really enjoy cooking from scratch. It definitely dirties more dishes but its worth it. We are always looking for ways to do more “batch” cooking and/or doubling recipes and freezing half of it to eat for dinner in a week or two. I would love to read about how you guys do this to make cooking during the week a little quicker. We also tend to like one-dish meals which usually lends itself to including some sort of pasta or rice and that is one thing we are trying to reduce a little more. We won’t eliminate it completely (we already use whole grain pasta) but we definitely need to cut back. Its easier in the summer when salads taste so much better. We started a garden this year too so we are really enjoying food that we have grown. It is so satisfying. We had two pots of lettuce that we ate off of for 2 months. It was just the right amount for the 2 of us each week.
Just curious what your plans are beyond cutting out processed foods? organic dairy and eggs? etc? We find it to be a slippery slope. In a very good way of course.
a movie by
Director Aaron Woolf
2007 available “Play Now” on Netflix
“In Aaron Woolf’s thought-provoking documentary, friends Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis move back to America’s Corn Belt to plant an acre of the nation’s most-grown and most-subsidized grain and follow their crop into the U.S. food supply. What they learn about genetically modified seeds, powerful herbicides and the realities of modern farming calls into question government subsidies, the fast-food lifestyle and the quality of what we eat.”
Jughandle’s take on this movie: This is a must see for everyone! An eye opening look at our food chain and how it got to be the way it is.