I don’t know about you but when it comes to what I feed my family, I have turned into a bit of a “food snob” obsessed with labels and ingredients.
My kids hate shopping with me and my husband ends up taking them on trips to the store just to fill their junk food quota for the week … no pop, no sugary cereals, no cookies (unless organic), even bacon has become less enjoyable and don’t get me started about the selection of lunch meats (what exactly does 14 percent meat protein mean …what the heck is the rest of made of?).
Not only are the shelves filled with pre-made, pre-filled, pre-cooked, and prepared meals, we can’t even stick to veggies and fruit without thinking about local produce, pesticides, and the dreaded “genetically engineered” versions.
Did you know that you can tell by reading the label of a piece of fruit or a vegetable if it’s conventionally grown, organically grown or genetically modified?
A four-digit number means it’s conventionally grown.
A five-digit number beginning with 9 means it’s organic.
A five-digit number beginning with 8 means it’s GM.
You are what you eat … we’ve heard it before, now more than ever it’s up to us the consumers, the people with the power to change the way our food is made, packaged, and sold.
A trip to the grocery store becomes even more complicated as the fate of the future ways on our decisions.
To buy or not to buy that is the question …
As we move forward we must make the necessary changes to our buying habits. Making informed and intelligent choices of what we bring home to our families.
Keeping in mind:
- the quality of the ingredients,
- the sustainability of the companies’ production,
- the amount chemicals and additives used
- and can the packaging be recycled.
We, just as our parents before us did, are shaping the way our children will feed their families and what will be left for future generations.
Mother Nature supplied us with all we need, we need to return to basics, take the necessary time to create meals with substance, to change the way we consume and inspire those around us to follow suit. Only then will companies change they way they produce and the impact they have on our precious planet.
You have the power … make a change!