An epiphany. How many times do we hear things, read things, learn things before we finally GET IT?
“I’m so glad I’m not an addict,” I say to my husband, laughing, “I have zero self control!” We were out again. Out to eat even though we had food at home, we didn’t have the money to be eating out, and I knew damn well that I would feel terrible after eating at a restaurant. And yet, every couple of days I get to craving something and give in. Oh, it’s never fresh salad or anything like that.
“What if,” I ventured, “all of the preservatives and chemicals and refined oils in the food are actually addictive and that is why we keep having to eat out even though we don’t really want to?” I didn’t need an answer. We already knew. I am an addict. And it started long before I ever heard of a GMO or MSG or chemical food.
I casually looked at the ingredients of the bag of organic, gluten free, healthy chips that I packed into Doug’s lunch. And there, quietly hidden among the organic ingredients with asterisks by them, were two ingredients. Natural flavors and citric acid. Natural flavors is a chemical creation with derivatives of MSG and GMO ingredients. Citric acid is GMO black mold grown on GMO corn.
The epiphany and mild panic ensued and I realized that the reason that I cannot feel satiated with simple foods is because I have been fed chemical stuff my whole life! Ever since the marketing folks convinced grandma and mama that convenience was their birthright, we have been subtly poisoned.
Now, I don’t want to sound like a conspiracy theorist, or anything, and I certainly don’t want to scare you, but folks, we are being poisoned. Snacks, treats, oils, restaurant foods, it’s in my chicken’s food…everywhere we are being given doses of chemicals created to keep us coming back. You can’t go to your friend’s house for dinner or a coffee shop for a latte without consuming these things. Consider the extreme rates of cancers and of all the other diseases out there, and well, it’s just no wonder.
I worry most for my grandchildren and children who would have no idea how to give up these things. How can most people afford to grow all of their own food or cook all of their own food? How do you give up the societal pressures of food as pleasure and company?
Obama wrote into law that Monsanto cannot be sued. Then Dow quietly bought Monsanto, disassembled it and GMO’s masquerade everywhere without accountability. History tells us that unsustainable entities cannot survive but who will die first, them or us? No better time to be getting yourself some heirloom seeds, a pressure canner, a couple of chickens, and a how-to make your own bread book. Because what is worse than ignorance? Complacency.