Thanks to input from concerned parents like my nieces, Cristy, Kellie and Heather, beginning January 1, 2012, Jughandle’s Fat Farm is implementing a new globally available program to provide safe food information for anyone buying food for their children.
Our goal is to provide a data base of food names that can be easily searched using a smart phone while shopping in the grocery store. We are already working on an app that will allow the shopper to simply scan a food’s bar code with their phone and within seconds a symbol will appear that will tell the user whether or not the food meets the “Safe Kid” food standard.
The data base information will be available on the menu bar of this blog to get complete additive and nutritional information on each food as fast as we can enter it. Look for the “Kid Safe” menu item.
In addition to the the Kid Safe data base, the Fat Farm intends to campaign to our local governments, congress and national representatives as well as to join existing efforts to change and implement necessary legislation to test all food additives for long term effects on growing children’s minds and bodies.
We Need Your Help
We will need your help to make this work. We need you to submit to us the name and manufacturer of the food you’d like information on. Please just drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to tell me about what you buy for your children to eat. We’ll do the research that will allow you to make informed decisions about the food that fuels your child’s growth.
You are the only one capable of deciding what is safe for your children to eat. We are only going to provide information and recommendations to make it easier for you to decide.
The focus of this data base is not going to be calories and nutritional information like we’d use for an adult diet plan. The focus is going to be on food additives and chemical preservatives. From an article posted by Robyn O’Brian in 2009:
The Kid Safe Chemical Act addresses the fact that back in 1976, with the passage of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), legislation was approved that allowed over 60,000 chemicals in existence at that time to be deemed ‘safe’ for use without a single thorough test to prove that to be true. And in the three-plus decades since the law was passed, an additional 20,000 chemicals have been rushed into the marketplace with little or no safety tests.
Today, 1 in 3 American children has allergies, ADHD, autism or asthma, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reporting stunning increases in the number of children expected to be insulin dependent by the time they reach adulthood. With 17.6% of our GDP being consumed by health costs, there is an urgent need to address the health of our children and the impact that this generation of children is having on our country, our families and our health care system.
The Kid Safe Chemicals Act, or Kid-Safe, would help protect the health of the American children by placing the burden of proof on the chemical industry, requiring manufacturers to first prove a chemical is actually safe before it’s allowed into a consumer product. Currently, all of these chemicals are allowed into the marketplace until they are proven dangerous.
If that clip scares you, consider that it was written in 2009! 40 years ago when I was in school I didn’t know any one who suffered from ADHD, autism or even asthma. Today with more that 1 in 3 children showing symptoms of these problems, it has to be more that even environmental factors. It has to be in our food.
Work In Progress
This “Kid Safe” program was dreamed up by my niece Cristy just last night. After learning that the color additives to her child’s food are unsafe, Cristy spent 2 1/2 hours “Goggling” everything she put into her shopping cart. Cristy’s idea, that we are kicking off today, is to be able to quickly check a food while shopping to see if it is safe for her child.
Conclusions and Recommendations
We will work a fast as possible to fill the data base with valid information and products. Please provide us with your personal products so that we can make this project immediately viable for you. – jughandle