Michael Pollan wrote a book titled The Omnivores Dilemma that discusses the commercial food industry and the popularity of processed foods and high fructose corn syrup. The book had a major impact on my thoughts about food and where it comes from. My wife and I seldom ingest food or drinks with high fructose corn syrup or food that has been highly processed.
He is shown on the Democracy Now TV show in two videos that are linked below.
In the first video he talks about the relationship to confinement pork farming in Mexico to the recent swine flu outbreak. As a past college professor who taught consumer behavior I also found his comments on large food companies making unhealthy food additives live sugar appear healthy to the consumer. Another example of this is eating Cheerios to lower cholesterol.
Click Video 1 to watch.
In Video 2 he talks about how our school lunch program creates addicts of highly processed foods since that is what they serve to children. For example chicken nuggets.
In conclusion he makes a logical assumption that we cannot address climate change without first addressing our food since our food system contributed to global warming.
Click Video 2 to watch.
I believe they will have an influence on how you think about food.
I just read in Green America that an estimated 70% of processed foods in the USA contain genetically modified organisms (GMO’s) as ingredients with the exception of certified organics. Until now consumers had no idea of what was in the processed food.
My wife and I decided several years ago to limit our consumption of processed foods. We tend to shop the perimeter of the grocery store which eliminates the interior aisles which are filled with the processed foods. We also tend to eat a lacto ovo vegetarian diet for health and environmental reasons.
At the Inn we also try not to serve processed foods to our guests. We also use organic milk and eggs.
While GMO foods have not been proven to be harmful we choose to take the necessary precautions and avoid GMO foods.
If you are interested in this topic visit Non-GMO Project’s Verification Program.
At the inn we compost just about everything from raw food scraps from breakfast preparation to cooked food the guests do not consume. Fortunately Mary Beth’s breakfasts are well received and most guest’s plates are cleaned of food. Our dog Stu also likes to eat some leftovers but he needs to be on a diet.
For the cooked food that most people throw in the trash can or garbage disposal we use the Green Cone Cooked Food Composter. All kinds of cooked food from pasta to meat can go in the cone and it is gone forever. No odors have been noticed in the 5 plus years we have used ours. It also does not seem to attract animals or flies. All the contents is contained underground.
To learn more visit our eco store section on our web site link shown in the top right corner of this blog.
Did you know that going meat free helps the Earth? The meat industry is a top source for greenhouse gas methane according to a 2006 United Nations Food & Agricultural Organization report. In fact meat and dairy production create more carbon emissions than all the cars and trucks on the highways. Reason why is that cows emit methane which traps 21 times more heat in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide. Their solid waste produces nitrous oxide which is a greenhouse gas 300 times more powerful than CO2.
Try going meat free for one day with the Great American Meatout on March 20th.
We are not advocating that everyone should go vegetarian. Just cut back on the amount and frequency that you eat meat.