How, can we in today’s society and changing landscape of, beliefs, social media and a reactionary lifestyle survive? Many of our not long ago beliefs, needs and very basic wants, changed. At least we thought until just recently. Some of the current generations, will never know or clearly realize the hard work and effort it took to provide and put food on the table. I truly believe we all still want the same thing, whether we know it or yet understand it. What am I talking about!?
We no longer react to the issues that truly mean anything to us as individuals or families. We continue to grow and focus on the media, the presidential candidates, or the president elect. Mainly because we think that those things matter the most. They don’t and shouldn’t.
When the effects of Fracking, and the continuous neglect to our food & land is right in front of us and we go on like it will never affect us. We will only complain when it does, instead of seeing it as it happens and really noticing that something is wrong. And then speaking up, using the media (or old school, actually speak with someone in person) we all have our faces locked into, instead of posting pictures of our food, cat or socially blowing up on an individual. I firmly believe that in many areas of our lives today, our satisfaction of our accomplishments are misplaced.
The illusion of what is good, and good food is what is in front of us today. Conveniently located mega stores and the prepackaged boneless meats and ethylene gas ripened fruits and vegetables. Now, think of the antibiotic ridden chickens, pigs and cows, to the bright and colorful packaged chips and aunt so and so’s cookies. Nearly 90% of the food on our store shelves contain soy or corn/corn syrup. They want us to lose sight of all the processes, chemicals, antibiotics, GMO, unsanitary conditions, packaging and all of the unnatural fillers and substitutes for natural flavors and scents. Sure, these you may have heard before, so let’s look at a few other effects our country is other similar areas, directly related to our mass production of our food sources.
Getting food from the farm to our fork:
- Uses up to 10% of the total U.S. energy
- 50% of U.S. land
- 80% of all freshwater consumed in the United States.
- 40% of food in the United States today goes uneaten
- $165 billion worth of food Americans throw out each year
Also, the uneaten food ends up rotting in landfills as the single largest component of U.S. municipal solid waste where it accounts for a large portion of U.S. methane emissions.
- Reducing food losses by just 15 percent would be enough food to feed more than 25 million Americans every year at a time when one in six Americans lack a secure supply of food to their tables.
- Increasing the efficiency of our food system is a triple bottom-line solution that requires collaborative efforts by businesses, governments and consumers. To see more
Think back to a couple blog’s ago, were I wrote and reported on Agri-hoods and local sustainability for small to medium communities. Where they would not have to be dependent on the mass produced foods, while growing not only community of families and children but health and wellness our country. This approach, not only would reduce the waste of food, energy but could provide food for the needy, homeless as well as limit our dependence on other countries for much of our food we import.