Sunday, June 20, 2010
Reaching A New Generation
Parents worry about it, teachers plan for it, Michael Pollan writes about it......regardless the debate about it, food is the utmost important ingredient we should all be concerned about with our children.
This is why Pollen's words get my vote, he has written much on the subject of our food, it's safety, and our responsibility to get aware and act accordingly.
His latest book: ' The Omnivore's Dilemma: The Secrets Behind What You Eat, Young Readers Edition. Is a book everyone should read with their children.
It will be a gift of living knowledge, something a child will remember always.
I just read that Monsanto is suing yet another small dairy, Oakhurst...simply because they don't like the fact that Oakhurst advertises on their label that they "don't" use growth hormones in their cows...hence none in the milk.
Monsanto of course thinks this is saying that their milk is superior to Monsanto's that is infused with growth hormones.
Rest assured....we are living in a time when companies like Monsanto has way too much control over what we consume in our foods, and whether or not we have the right to know about the ingredients.
One way to help change the food system's workings is to keep in touch with our representatives and let them know that we are paying attention.
Get on an email list like Organic Consumers, Slow Food USA, American Farmland Trust or Environmental Working Group. These groups are watchdogs in Washington and will alert us when a flood of emails will make a difference. I have been involved in this type activity for years and it does work. Votes are worth everything in the political world.....get the idea.
Pollan's food rules for kids; Don't eat anything your grandmother wouldn't have recognized as food.
Don't eat anything with more than 5 ingredients or ingredients you can't pronounce.
Don't eat anything with high-fructose corn syrup.
Children love being involved in their food choices, give them something to work with and they will change the food habits of their generation. It has to start with us, the parent, the adult, the teacher and the law makers.
Most parents will do anything for their children, this is something big we can do...educate them on how to be healthy, without good health everything else is really a waste of time and effort. Pick your spot, take a stand, make very loud noise until you know you have been heard.
Herbs and essential oils are a very interesting topic for an ongoing learning experience with your child/children.
Happy Fathers Day to all our dads...