You might cook very often with 'fresh ingredients' but are the ingredients as fresh/ healthy as you think? I found this program Supermarket Secrets on youtube today and watched all ten parts of it. It got me wonder how healthy I have actually been eating.
Expensive Organic vs Cheap Industrial Farming
It could seem ridiculous to spend $8 on an organic egg while half dozen of industrial-farm eggs cost just the same. When you try to economise your grocery bills and grab the cheaper produce, you should really be more aware of the damage the cheap produce does to your precious health.
Industrial farming has marked a drastic change from conventional agriculture. Our common knowledge tells us that chickens, cows and sheep are raised wandering on the farm and ducks should swim in the pond, least it is what I saw at my grandparents' farm 20 years ago.
What shocked me most is the daunting farming environment. Today livestocks are jam-packed in cages or barns where sunlight doesn't shine, and being force-fed to fatten up and be slaughtered in just 45 days instead of 80 in order to cope with our high demand of food. Raised in a place where dead livestock are neglected, farmers scattered ammonia on the farming ground and mix drugs in the feed in order to prevent disease and infection spread to livestocks. What we see in the footage could just be the tip of an iceberg.
Hormones injected cows, pigs and antibiotics-filled livestocks are delivered to supermarket and sold as 'fresh' produce, and those chemicals go straight into your body regardless of cooking method. I also have to say that grain-fed cows are not healthy as they are branded, cows should eat GRASS. While grains are not ideal for human digestion due to its anti-nutrients nature, it also messes up the hormonal balance in cows. Therefore, consumption of grain-fed beef/ dairy can potentially disturb our hormonal balance and cause health damage, such as cancer, gut inflammation, recurring flu, etc.
Animal Welfare & Your Optimal Health
You don't have to become vegetarian/ vegan straight away but I do pledge you to think twice before shopping at local supermarket. When the livestocks are raised in such inhumane and poor environment, then they become our food and draw only negative impact on our health, their negative energy will also affect our well-being.
You can help improve animal welfare, hence your precious health by shopping at local butcher and organic farms, see the list for Hong Kong.
On A Budget
Organic is expensive but the medical bill can cost us more. If you can't afford organic everything, please at least get grass-fed beef/ lamb, hormones-free pork and antibiotics-free livestocks. Also, READ the label before you purchase, 'fresh' meat these days are often processed with glucose, corn syrup and preservatives which prolong the shell-life.
My Last Words
I was vegetarian for 5 years because of animal welfare, but reverted back to meat-eater due to a decline in health. After watching the documentary today, I was shocked, if not disappointed at the modern farmers who are totally oblivious with animal welfare and ignorant with the damages they are doing to the health of general public. Do they dare consume the same produce from their own farm?
Please spread the words to everyone you know and care, and support the organic farmers who adhere to providing us real food.
Be Your Best,