Is Our Food Safe?

@tessah (6622)
United States
January 28, 2011 6:34am CST
with all of the recalls and food borne illness contaminations that happen every year making so many sick.. im seriously considering going back to ways of old and growing everything my family consumes myself to know exactly where it comes from and whats in it! http://www.walletpop.com/2011/01/26/salads-sold-at-major-grocery-chains-recalled-over-listeria-fears/?icid=main%7Chtmlws-main-n%7Cdl11%7Csec3_lnk1%7C197661 have you ever considered farming for yer families health? do you now? or do ya do it just because its enjoyable?
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9 responses
@AKRao24 (10503)
• India
28 Jan 11
Hi Dear Tessah! I agree that today's food is very unsafe! As there are many fertilizers and pesticides are being used to grow them and we really don't know where they are grown and how they are transported and stored before thy are brought to the market where from we procure them! I definitely agree that it is a wise thing to have a kitchen garden so that we can have hygienic fresh vegetables of our choice about which we don't have any doubts in our minds. I am happy to know that you have got a nice garden for this purpose and you have done really well for the first year with your limited knowledge! Hope with this experience of yours you would achieve a grand success next year! Now coming to the point, I am from India and we have dense population in our country.land is available at the villages to have gardens. In the big cities and towns it is practically impossible to have a piece of land as most of us live in concrete jungles. On a piece of one acre land we have several storied flats and no one even gets a chance to see the soil in this concrete jungle. People though they know that this is no way of living one's life but there is no way for one to live in big cities where they have their jobs to earn the livelihood. Thus people may want to have kitchen gardens in their homes or flats but under the duress they can't do this for the want of space. Believe me it would be a big thing if one can manage a simple 'Money Plant' in such congested flats! They are the lucky people who are still close to the surface of earth as they can have activities like gardening etc. But for the people who live in sky touching Flat schemes it is a dream to have a kitchen garden to grow their own vegetables. What all they can do is that they can go in for organic manured vegetables, if they are available in the near by markets as these type of cities are too crowded to travel and it is hard to get frequent transportation! May god help these people! Thanks dear friend it was a nice topic of discussion! I liked it!
@marguicha (88215)
• Chile
28 Jan 11
I have started this year to plant veggies and I am doing well considering my lack of knowledge. But I´m learning and next year it will be better. But I have been able to eat clean tomatos, rippened in the plant, no pesticides and very sweet. I ate arugule (even munched some leaves while I was watering the plants)had a nice potato crop and ate some zuchinni and radishes. I cannot do more than what I do but even that is wonderful. This year´s crop did not pay for the raised beds I had made, but I hope next year´s will. Now I am collecting the seeds from the arugule plnts. Many seeds fall in the soil again and maybe I will have a second crop there this year. We are in Summer now and our Winter´s are mild so I have until May maybe to develop. I am doing this for many reasons. It´s fun, it is healthy in more than one way and it might save me some money in the long run.
• Canada
28 Jan 11
it cant be very profitable unless you're a farmer. The food you grow will just be healthier than buying it.
@marguicha (88215)
• Chile
28 Jan 11
It´s not profitable at all, but it tastes a lot better. But I do hope to have better crops as I learn more. The way I see it, I have to tend my garden, weed it and water it, whether I plant flowers or veggies. Now I plant both.
• Canada
4 Feb 11
The simple answer is that NO, our food is not safe. The way the gov't works it out, is that it is 'safe enough' IF you consume the percentage of each food that they figure everyone does or should. A little bit of everything, sort of. So, if you eat more than your share of 1 particular food, you will become contaminated with excess of something bad, because they allow a certain % of contaminants in food that they feel is 'acceptable' or unavoidable. Basically, it is all about finances. They say the companies can't clean everything as well as we would in our home, to be perfect and bacteria free, and still make a profit. That is what it is all about. And the sicker we are more often, the more money the doctors and pharmaceutical companies make. And if we are sick, we are too weak to fight them on their stupid political moves and they can continue along their way in greedily making themeselves more rich. Yes, I grow most of what we consume. We raise our own livestock and have a large garden, as well, because we have the land for it. And we do it precisely so that we know what is in the food we eat. I haven't been to the Dr. in 10 yrs at least, possibly more, unless I had an injury and had to update my tetanus shot. I think everyone would be wise to do the same, or if they cannot, get in touch with a producer that you trust, small operation, that actually takes extra care and be willing to pay for it so it is worth their while in continuing to supply it to you. That is the biggest problem. CHEAP FOOD, is lower quality, by definition. If you are not willing to pay the wage for the extra labour it takes to produce food properly, then unfortunately you are inwittingly promoting the very thing that is making us all sick.
@chowee (517)
• Philippines
29 Jan 11
All of the food we eat are contaminated by many different microorganisms. Thats the fact and the reality. Although organisms are there but our body is specialized system that has defenders. We cannot avoid contamination in food but we can minimized it to prevent the development of many serious diseases.
@GardenGerty (95681)
• Marion, Kansas
29 Jan 11
I grow some things myself, because I like to, and the flavor is better. I have made a lot of my bread this year, because I know what is in it, and i can make it suit my particular needs. I like higher fiber, and herbs in my bread. I just recently made my own sourdough starter, and bread is so simple to make with it, I love it. I cook a lot from scratch and bake, but it is because I enjoy experimenting, as much as I like to control what is in it. I know of good sources for my foods, so I do not feel the need to grow it all necessarily.
@akangirl (2437)
• India
28 Jan 11
Try organic food.They are naturally grown food without harmful pesticides.Always wash your vegetables and keep your hands clean.Try not to eat from outside place.
• United States
28 Jan 11
i consider that thought every day i can. the fact of the matter is people are loosing or have lost the ability to support themselves in a sense of survival. I believe there is too many "I can't"'s and not enough of "Will you teach me how". Food Companies and other companies just want to get the product out there and make profit. get it out there as cheap as they can so it can appeal to the "laziness" we gained as a species. Get it to us cheap and easy and allowing us to get on with our busy lives consuming as many products as we can. Companies think of better ways to cut cost for them for higher profits including maybe skimping on the quality and safety of the food they are sending out. A lot of resources are taken up by these large companies giving less opportunity for people's choices of growing their own food. With it already done and delivered to you people are most likely to just go the easy way of taking the processed food.
@kirthy (387)
• India
28 Jan 11
it s depends upon the person. the food should be fresh , good nutritious, clean and healthy.
@stanley777 (7176)
• Philippines
28 Jan 11
Yes, I also agree that food these days aren't healthy. Even vegetables, since some farmers use chemicals to kill parasites. There aren't really any fresh food and healthy and safe... But so far i haven't had any problems...