Food and Farming
What better day than Thanksgiving to celebrate our country’s food rebels?
My family has raised dairy cows on our farm in Monroe County near Kendall, Wisconsin, for almost 150 years. We’ve weathered the Great Depression, low milk prices, droughts, floods, and snowstorms. Despite difficulties, the dairy and related industries generate $26.5 billion in revenue, 174,000 jobs, and fresh, healthy milk, cheese and butter to the state each year.
Thanks to the industrializers of American agriculture, we finally know why the chicken crossed the road: To run away from the factory farm.
This week in OtherWords, we’re running several commentaries about the scary stuff we eat.
This Halloween, many of the chocolate goodies handed out to American children dressed as goblins and witches will have a ghoulish history of their own.
This Halloween, keep an eye out for “milk protein concentrate.” Avoid buying any treats made with it and don’t let your children eat candy or anything else made with this additive.
Kids look forward to Halloween all year. They obsess over their costumes, dwell on decorations, and plot how to bag as much candy as possible when they go trick-or-treating. Even though I’m very concerned about good nutrition, I love handing out chocolates to all of the little ghosts, witches, and princesses who come by.
Long before human beings decoded the human genome or split the atom, they discovered that arsenic is very good at killing things. The ancient Romans prized it as a murder weapon because it could be mixed into food or drink without altering its color, taste, or smell. Plus, a tiny dose kills without fail.
This week, we’re running three commentaries and a cartoon regarding the growing number of genetically modified foods that land on our plate whether we realize it or not.