|Fact –Over the last two decades, rates of obesity have tripled in children and adolescents age 6 to 19 years.Fact –An estimated 70% of all antibiotics used in the USA are given to farm animals.
Fact –According to the EPA, over one billion pounds of pesticides are used each year in the USA.
Fact –The average meal travels 1,500 miles from the farm to your dinner table.
Fact –Farmers markets enable farmers to keep 80 to 90 cents of each dollar spent by the consumer.
Fact –Each year, contaminated food causes millions of illnesses and thousands of deaths in the USA.
Fact – Poverty among farmworkers is more than double that of all wage & salary employees.
Fact – If you replace one 20 ounce soda a day with a no calorie beverage (preferably water), you could lose 25 pounds a year.
Fact – Half of the large chain restaurants do not provide any nutrition information to their customers.
Fact – Children consume almost twice (1.8 times) as many calories when eating food made outside the home.
|Solutions –Start your own mini revolution and go meatless one day a week.Solutions –Reduce your intake of non-organic meats, vegetables and fruits. Buy local organic products when you are able.
Solutions –Eat and drink non-sugar containing foods and beverages.
Solutions –Tell schools to stop selling sodas, junk food and sports drinks. Demand to know what is in the food that you eat while dining out.
Solutions –Eat at home. You will not only save money, you will save your body from the hormones, pesticides and antibiotics that are so prevalent in the foods we consume while dining out.
Solutions –Support the passage of state and local laws aimed at cleaning up the food that we consume. Tell Congress that food safety is important to you.
Solutions – Demand job protections for farm workers and food processors. Someone needs to farm. It can no longer be left to corporate America, unless you prefer shopping at your local pharmacy and living off of pills, drugs and visits to your local doctor’s office, provided you have health insurance to cover the expense. Either way, you are going to pay. I’d rather pay a farmer and his workers for pure, wholesome food then a doctor for prescription drugs that merely cover up the effects of unhealthy eating, be it briefly.