February 10, 2010

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Do You Know What You're Eating? What if I told you that the food you're eating comes from four main companies? That the meat is from animals from only thirteen slaughter-houses that house hundreds of thousands of animals in stifling conditions, surrounded by their own manure, with labor provided by illegal immigrants these companies exploit and abuse? What if I told you this is causing ridiculous outbreaks of new strains of E. coli in beef and spinach and an alarming rate of Type 2 diabetes in children and adults? That the food producers' solution is to bathe their meat-- the ones you buy in grocery stores and restaurants-- with ammonia instead of simply letting cows be grass-fed instead of corn-fed? What if I told you that about 70% or more of what you buy from the supermarket is genetical modified, technologically-engineered "food products" that our body has difficulty naturally absorbing in such large quantities (high-fructose corn syrup is in everything!)? And what if I told you that the government actually subsidizes corn production so that the big "food" companies can buy corn at a cheaper price and use it to make artificial "food products", resulting in bad calories and artificial food products (from chips to soda to candy to fast food) being cheaper than real food? (A fast food burger is cheaper than a head of broccoli!) What if I told you that the FDA and USDA close an eye to all this because many of the positions are held by former execs of those multi-national food conglomerates? Troubling, isn't it? And that's just the beginning. This isn't a "green" or "liberal" agenda. This is a stewardship issue: of the earth, of animals, and of our bodies. For some fascinating research from brave journalist, read Michael Pollan. For some interesting thoughts from a Christian farmer who...

Glenn Packiam

Lead Pastor, new life DOWNTOWN, New Life Church, Colorado Springs, CO. Author and songwriter.

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