Today is a pretty special day. It’s Food Bloggers Against Hunger, and I know many talented bloggers are going to write about ways to feed a nation, so I’m going to take a different spin. Instead, I want to bring to light some of the existing problems with our food supply, and if we’re lucky, I’ll throw in an economical recipe at the end.
I’m thrilled to be doing this post today because it’s something I’ve been wanting to get off my chest; something that’s been bothering me for quite some time, in a I’m completely disgusted type of way, so consider this your warning. Today’s post is not going to be hearts and flowers or rainbows and bunnies, and you might as well forget the unicorns. I’m just going to come right out and say this.
We’re doing a shitty job in America with our food supply, and as a result, we are really fucking unhealthy.
We have adults and children who are going hungry every single day. We have food deserts in so many areas, where the only choices for something edible can barely be called food and it’s certainly not anything nutritious. These same areas are also some of the unhealthiest regions, and there’s absolutely a connection between the two.
There is so much wrong with our current food system. We have problems coming out of our asses, and yes I mean the plural sense of the word, because most of the food sold and eaten in this country is going to give you some extra asses.
We’ve allowed and we’re still allowing far too many toxins, additives, and cheap food like substances into our food supply.
We’re giving farm subsidies to the wrong types of farms and the wrong types of food. We’re allowing companies to add cheap chemically enhanced flavors to the same food like substances so people can literally become addicted to them. Anyone else reminded of nicotine? At least there, we can call a spade, a spade.
We then throw billions of dollars into marketing these crappy food like substances, making it even harder for people to resist and harder for children to recognize what a real potato looks like when compared to a bag of chips. We’ve short-changed the budget for nutrition in schools. We’ve made it damn near impossible for someone on food stamps to be able to even afford a nutritious meal. Can you eat healthy and vitamin dense food on $3 to $4 a day? Every day? I’m not sure I could, and you can completely toss organic out the window.
We actually have people who are not only hungry and food insecure, but also overweight and obese at the same time, because the only food they can possibly afford is the worst kinds for them. It’s a horrible oxymoron, but true. The end result is we end up paying billions of dollars in health care costs to fight obesity related illnesses, the number one cause of death in our country. We are actually at point where our children will live sicker and die younger than our generation, so it’s safe to say, our current approach isn’t working anymore and it hasn’t been for a long while.
We need to be more proactive. Our existing policies and programs are long overdue for some reform. If you’re interesting in making a difference, please consider using this link to send Congress a letter asking them to support the anti-hunger legislation. Want more facts? Check out this movie. I watched it on Amazon this weekend, for a nominal fee, and it was eye-opening, even for me.
Now, instead of just ranting about this topic, I’m going to take action. I’ve already expressed my very strong opinions in this post today, I’ve sent a letter to Congress and now I’m going to put my money where my mouth is.
It’s been a long time since I’ve given my consumer dollars to processed pre-packaged meals or fast food, but I’m going to go one step further. I am no longer going to shop in grocery stores, whose marketing plan is to target crappy food like substances, such as this. I was accosted by this wall of garbage when I first walked into one of my local grocery stores. What a lovely first impression, and yes, I am choking on my own sarcasm. I don’t see soda and chips, instead I see sickness and sale prices. It’s unnecessary and part of the problem, and I call bullshit. I will no longer spend a single dime in these stores; not until they stop marketing obesity related food and start targeting foods, which can make a positive difference in the lives of our children and our country.
If you’ve made it this far in my tirade today, thank you. I appreciate it, and for your efforts, I’m going to give you some real food; a convenient recipe which can be adapted to suit your needs.
This one is simple, easy and can be made with pantry staples and some produce. It’s filling, nutritious and delicious. I eat this meal for dinner all the time. In fact, I made it just last night. Rice & Bean Bowl
Serves 2 as an entrée or 4 or as a side dish
- 1 serving of brown rice, cooked according to package directions.
- 1 10-12 oz bag of frozen corn or one 15 oz can of corn.
- 1 15 oz can of Black Beans or Red Beans, rinsed and drained.
- 1 Onion, chopped.
- 1 Bell Pepper, chopped.
- Salt and Pepper, to taste.
- In a small saucepan, cook brown rice according to package directions.
- In a separate medium saucepan, over low to moderate heat, heat up rinsed and drained beans and corn. Add onion and bell pepper. Add salt and pepper. Stir occasionally.
- Taste and add additional salt and pepper as needed. You can add any other spices here too. I like cajun spices and cayenne pepper or even some garlic powder.
- Once the beans and corns are thoroughly warmed through, combine this mixture with the cooked rice.
- Serve warm and dig in.
Thanks for sticking through today’s post, and I hope to see you back here tomorrow for my Week In Review link up. Hopefully I’ll be back to peace, love and bunnies by then, so come and join the party and get your link up on because I love to see what you’ve been up to in the past seven days.
What are your thoughts on our current food system?