Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Whole Foods, Subway, & McDonald’s Exposed: It’s Time To Support Local Farming

Shortly after Mike Adams (The Health Ranger) appeared on the scene with his website Natural News, it quickly became a leader in virtual alternative health news for a growing number of people who were hungry for knowledge about their food, health and well-being. Those who no longer trusted big corporations and understood that profit margins historically trumped individual health, now had a trusted source, community and a home.

gardenDecades ago, your great grandparents had no need or use for the words ‘organic’ or ‘raw’ attached to their food, simply because most of it came directly from their own backyard or  local community. People knew where their food came from and in most cases, had a personal relationship with the grower, farmer or producer. Big corporations were not in the forefront of food production as they are today, spraying chemicals, pushing genetically modified seeds, and marketing their aspartame spiked, high fructose corn syrup-laced addictive concoctions masquerading as edible meals. However, their time is quickly coming to an end. 

Corporate Food Now Checkmated

The people are now regularly voting with the loudest voice they have; their pocketbook. This is instantly affecting bottom lines, profit margins and stock prices almost overnight. In a dog eat dog business world, damage like that begins to add up quick. Companies and corporations with questionable business practices have to make rapid decisions or risk being cast aside into history’s dust bin as irrelevant at best and public relations nightmares at worst. It is clear that people who are interested, concerned, passionate and educated are outside the gates of such companies with virtual torches and pitchforks. Their collective on-line voice is stronger than any clever ad campaign, public relations apology, or celebrity endorsement. However, it appears that the checkmate has already happened without much fanfare. The game is over yet the pieces still remain on the board. Establishments like Whole Foods, Subway, McDonald’s, Pepsi, and others are stuck in what amounts to a checkmate, having procured food that has been discovered to contain genetically modified organisms (GMO), heavy metals, pesticides, etc. As a note, such discoveries were made by passionate individuals that refused to take companies at their word when it came the health of their family and community. The problem for such companies stocking, sourcing, and manufacturing food is that their very supply chain is corrupted. Due to centralization of the food industry, changes will now take years to correct. Do you have time to sit around and eat food that devastates your health, on record, while big food industries fix these problems? I don’t, and I’m noticing many others around me who feel the same. The solution lies in decentralization back to supporting local trusted farmers, communities and your own backyard. Let this article be a parting pat on the back to big agribusiness and corporate food/farming. Your supply chained, prepackaged “food stuffs” and health damaging, low cost ingredients were a good experiment, but they have failed many times over on many fronts.

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