You Are What You Eat
How safe is our food?
How safe is our food?
Do you feel that your food is safe? I read a news story that got me thinking about this. Being urbanites, Lydia and I depend on others to grow, process, transport, and often, prepare our food. I wonder about how many hands have touched my food before it gets to me. Also, who is protecting my food and are they doing a good job?
Yesterday (Friday, May 4) U.S. federal officials placed a hold on 20 million chickens raised for market in several states because their feed was mixed with pet food containing an industrial chemical. [link] Melamine—it’s not just for pet food, anymore.
Add to that concern the possibility of foodborne disease. Chances are that you have gotten sick from something you ate. Probably many times. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that foodborne diseases cause approximately 76 million illnesses, 325,000 hospitalizations, and 5,000 deaths in the United States each year. [link]
Rates in the country where you live may be similar. The World Health Organization reports that governments all over the world are intensifying their efforts to improve food safety. These efforts are in response to an increasing number of food safety problems and rising consumer concerns. [link]
What can we do to protect ourselves?
A meatless diet, even if it may be healthier for other reasons, will not protect you from foodborne disease. Two of the recent outbreaks of contaminated foods that I have heard about have been linked to spinach and green onions, though the ultimate source of the contamination may have been animal.
Since we can’t stop eating (not for very long, anyways) and most of us to a greater or a lesser extent depend on others for our food, what steps can we take to protect ourselves and our families?
In the future, all food will be safe
The account in the Bible book of Genesis says: “Jehovah God made to grow out of the ground every tree desirable to one’s sight and good for food.” (Genesis 2:9) So Adam and Eve had a delightful variety of foods as well as an abundant, endless supply. The God who created them knew precisely what they needed nutritionally; he also knew what would bring them joy. Granted, we are not in the garden of Eden today. But has God changed his original purpose for mankind and the earth?
I invite you to read more of what the Bible says about a time when we can enjoy “a feast of rich food and choice wines, juicy, rich food and pure, choice wines.”—Isaiah 25:6, The New American Bible
05/May/2007 – You Are What You Eat 4 comments