In so many ways, it is time that the United States gets its act together and aligns itself with real world progress. There are so many areas in which we could become much more civilized and do what so many countries are already doing. Today’s rant, if I may call it that, is about ‘organic.’
Despite the fact that the leaders of our government claim that there is no climate change and that there apparently are reasons to use fossil fuels and not try to divest ourselves from them, we just don’t buy in to their ideas. The FDA can say whatever it wants about this or that, but our family is doing its best to push toward being organic. We are also trying to eradicate the flow of high fructose corn syrup into our diet. It is especially crucial for the Koerner progeny. They deserve to have a quality diet for their brain cells.
My own father always felt that his untimely death at the age of forty and all of his health issues were due to his lack of a quality diet, especially at an early age and my mother felt his exposure as a photo finisher at Eastman Kodak furthered his demise. My mother, as wacky as she was capable of being in so many areas, had a paranoia about ‘chemicals,’ as she called them. She was fearful of them in every form.
A few years ago, we started being vigilant about the addition of nasty ingredients and inappropriate preparation of food items, at the urging of our son’s wives. They were concerned about the importance of fresh, quality ingredients, going into their children. I remember milk being on the forefront of our efforts. We were concerned about the addition of hormones and other things to our dairy. That beginning has taken us into watching every food item we eat and to our being more vigilant and, of course, paying more for the food we ingest.
We find it interesting that there are bans of American meats and other items in foreign countries, and for good reason.
We are also pleased, as well, that grocery stores are becoming better about responding to our need for quality, more untouched items, in their stores. When Heinen’s first came to Illinois, Mary Kay asked their employees why Heinen’s milk was not organic. Within a short period of time, Heinen’s organic milk showed up in their store.
Let’s eat better, be more vigilant, and maybe a spillover from this campaign will go into other important areas of our life, maybe even ‘healthcare?’