Warning!!! Do not eat while looking at this post.
It may cause you to throw away whatever you are snacking on.
So on Wednesday we went to Professor Kate Johnson's farm to milk some goats and collect chicken eggs. Now my father was raised on a farm that my family still owns and visiting my grandmother in good 'ole Mobile, Alabama was both great and horrible at the same time. There were cows, chickens, turkeys, cats, and a few horses roaming around and with lots of animals comes lots of bugs (one of my biggest fears but that's an entirely different story). I guess I just never had an appreciation for things that are grown and raised on a farm because I had been socialized by TV, friends, siblings, society, etc. that we are supposed to buy everything that we need. Even if we do wanna make something, like a simple cake, we still have to go out and get the supplies and ingredients for it.
Anyways I use to think that getting any food from the farm was one of the nastiest things that anyone could do. I liked picking it up from the grocery store because I thought that this had to be clean and healthy and there couldn't be any risks from eating or drinking anything because it was being sold to people, but boy was I wrong. Ever since this class started I have been looking at the food that I get and I just start thinking Ummmm... and where did this come from or What is in this? Some foods go through a lot more when they are taken to be sold at a store compared to when you go out back and grab an egg from a chicken coop. Being at the farm and almost seeing where my food came from beginning to end gave me this realization that I don't know what I am eating and what it has been through. And I think that most people don't want to know that answer to this because it will cause them to no longer want to eat it. This is how felt when I saw a Facebook post a month or two ago about the many uses of my addiction, Coke.
We have adapted so much to our lives that we expect food to be ready quick and in a hurry without very much effort. I can say that is one thing that deters my from cooking all the time. It just takes too much time to go get the food and then prepare it and cook it where I can go 2 minutes down the street to McDonald's and it is ready in minutes. We now even have shows on the Food Network Channel that are trying to get It becomes hard sometimes to think of what is incorporated in American culture, but food fast and ready can definitely be considered. We have this lifestyle and it has become such a part of our culture that we don't even think about changing it because it doesn't seem wrong to us.
Now with this fast eating, as I mentioned earlier, we often do not know what is in the food that we are shoving down our throats. So, this is a video that I found the other day when I do my random exploring on YouTube. It made me rethink a lot of the food that I eat, especially since I had about half of the foods they are talking about within the last week. All in all it has only been a week in this class and I am already rethinking my eating habits. It is god to just be more conscious of the food that we are eating and read labels and research some of the companies that we are buying from because who know, that burger you had last night could have actually been only 25% real beef and 75% waste.