I believe most cancer are caused by the environment...I blame the environment for my mom's recent diagnosis of kidney cancer. She never had any health problems and now she has a 7 cm tumor on her kidney....out of no where!!To know that 9 out of 10 breast cancers are environmentally triggered is staggering. We can no longer allow ourselves to be led like dumb sheep to the slaughter.
My question is: WHAT DO WE DO? I know we can make our own individual choices (to a point, as the economy sucks and none of us is making enough money anymore), however, what do we do to facilitate change?
I'm learning every single day that this country is run by a bunch of corrupt freaks (to say it in the nicest way possible) who are only out for their own profit margin. That makes this country no longer democratic, as our voices do not matter. What we want or need does NOT matter. Period. Ever. And if we do not have money, we can not make our voices heard through what we buy. Myself, I buy mostly produce to eat, but I cannot afford organic most of the time. And the produce here is so bad in general that most organic produce is completely rotten by the time it hits the shelves. What do we do then?
I would love to make a difference. I would love to see change. But how?
This is one of the most intricate problems ever. A Catch 22 on every corner, and no real answer that will bring change quickly. There in lies the problem, it will be a slow change and this country has lost its patience.
If there was one place I wouldn't shop, its WalMart, they have caused mass extinction of small business and since there is no way to compete that has caused our manufacturing to exit to China. What has this to do with our food chain? It is a long domino effect in food manufacturing. It is so intricate, everything from shelf space to *shelf* life, Walmart tells the food manufacturing what it wants and they will produce it somehow, someway, which can evolve over years. Walmart is importing vegetables and seafood, meats from China because they can.
Send emails to retailers when you are upset. Tell them what you want to see in stores. Next, vote in every single election. Stop being angry and mute. Government is elected, and they get away with all this crap because we allowed them to get there.
One of the reasons why food manufacturing came up with ingredients for shelf-life was to feed the masses, here and overseas. We complained that the bread got stale too quickly, so dough conditioners were developed. People freaked out about bugs in grain mills, so extermination was imminent because who is going to want to ingest little bugs? I see people toss produce aside because of one little dot on it, that's why wax is applied, so it looks pretty, but also encapsulates all those pesticides. Rusty cans...whoa, no way, so lets line them with a plastic impregnated with BPA. Can't bring glass because someone is going to sue if you drop one, but glass is the perfect container. Think of all the plastic that we use in our life and how its developed. You get whomped if you wear fur, but that technical wear that keeps you somewhat warm is made of petro chemicals. Wanna really get green, lets go back to what people did 100 years ago with responsible farm husbandry, but you have PETA screaming on every corner. Corporations win because problems can be disguised and lawyers will argue a million different platitudes to their defense. Even if none of this makes sense, then do one thing positive on your own and next time you see something overtly stupid, say something about, right to the managers face.