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Did You Mean to Say That, Dr. Oz?

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According to Dr. Oz in a recent Time Magazine, I am now a food snob and elitist, and a member of the 1%. Hmmm, last time I checked, I hadn’t won the lottery and when you have four siblings who’ve had cancer, it significantly influences the food you choose to eat.

Do YOU think people who avoid GMOs, eat organic, or buy from local farm markets are wealthy food snobs and elitists who look down on people who don’t?  The majority of people I know who care about what they eat, don’t fall into any of those categories.  It’s really sad when we have to politicize something as simple as wanting to eat clean food and avoid toxic chemicals to keep yourself and your family healthy.

Do the conditions of farm workers matter?

If Dr. Oz is so concerned about the  well being of the 99%, shouldn’t he be an advocate for the health and safety of the thousands of farm laborers who work large corporate farms and are subjected to daily pesticides and herbicides? Seems a bit two-faced to me. How much money does Dr. Oz make a year? Do you really think he’s eating CAFO meat? And is there anything wrong with caring about the treatment of the animals in these factory farms?

Our industrial agricultural system has grown progressively worse over the past thirty years. But we were starting to make some progress. That is, until now. Dr. Oz,  you just dealt the “eat local – buy organic” movement a serious blow.

Small family farms need help!

Access to healthy, affordable food is the best way to improve the healthcare of Americans. We spend more on healthcare than any other country and yet we rank a pathetic 37 on the global healthcare list. We consume more food than most countries but we’re some of the sickest people on the planet. Need proof? Watch the documentary “Food Matters,” it will help you better understand the food-health connection. Everyone could have access to healthier, more affordable food if the government stopped subsidizing the corporate farms and supported small family farms and organic agriculture instead… but that’s a topic for another blog.

The families I know make sacrifices to purchase healthier, higher-priced food. They follow the Dirty Dozen and the Clean 15, they give up cable TV, drive older cars, and cut corners wherever they can. They understand if you have your health, you have everything.

Our tagline at “Natural Healthy Concepts, is “Your health is the best investment you’ll ever make.” Don’t you agree?

To paraphrase my favorite organic farmer, Joel Salatin, “If you think eating organic is expensive, try getting cancer.”

Thanks for letting me vent – I feel better now. That’s all from the food snob….”Let them eat cake!”

 

Here are some things Dr. Oz has said in the past about the benefits of organic foods and avoiding toxins:

http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,2011756_2011875,00.html

http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,2011756_2011732,00.html

 

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