Periodically I will jump back on my soap box to eschew the virtues of eating organic and sustainable foods. This morning the New York Times provided yet another compelling article which highlights the hazards of melamine – found in much of the human food chain – especially imported from China. In summary, this dangerous chemical is infecting many of our staples, which is of even greater concern to young children.
Of course we know about this product from the pet food recall last year which killed thousands of dogs and cats. But melamine seeps its way into our own agriculture through conventional fertilizers, and can affect not only the beef we consume, but the milk from cows and eggs from chickens who eat contaminated feed.
Bottom line (again) is to stick with trusted food sources which are locally grown. Personally, I am not feeling too confident about many of China’s assurances these days…and my body is my temple.
>> Just in time for Turkey Day – check out this Sam Fromartz’ post on how to order local items, from fresh greens to the big bird.