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  Easy Ways to Change the Food System  

Find organic, local foods

Find locally grown produce, Community Supported Agriculture programs, and even great organic restaurants with the Eat Well Guide. Type in your zip code and find out what’s in season near you. Find out more at EatWellGuide.org.

Factory Farming

Nearly all of the approximately 10 billion animals raised and killed in the US annually suffer inhumane conditions at industrial farms. Not to mention the workers and surrounding communities that are affected by the unsafe conditions. Find out more at HumaneSociety.org.

Pesticides

Cancers, autism and neurological disorders have all been associated with the use of pesticides. Learn about what pesticides are in your food and their effects. Find out more at WhatsOnMyFood.org.

Environmental Impact

Did you know that the average food product travels about 1,500 miles to get to your grocery store? And that transporting food accounts for 30,800 tons of greenhouse gas emissions every year? Find out more at CoolFoodsCampaign.org.
For more actions you can take to fix our food system, click on the gallery below.

  9 Ways to Fix the Food System  

Hungry for change? Take these simple steps right now! Find out more.
Food, Inc. Take Action - 9 Ways to Fix the Food System

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Be A Conscious Consumer

By purchasing organic and local produce it is possible to consciously make a positive environmental impact. Organic farming methods over time can reverse the harmful effects of conventional farming. 




Conventional farming uses engineered fertilizers and pesticides that pollute drinking water, contaminate animal and human habitats, and diminish the nutrients from the soil


Organic farming uses no engineered products so it produces no harmful run off and organic soil allows plants to sustain themselves more successfully in a drought than conventionally sprayed plants. Organic farming utilizes fertilizers such as cow manure and compost, these fertilizers actually add minerals and can, over time, help damaged soil become healthy again. A more complete eco system can thrive around an organic farm.  



The quality of the Earth’s water supply is diminishing as global population rises to over seven billion people. Conventional farming methods are contaminating precious water supplies via run off of concentrated fertilizers and pesticides. These chemicals are seeping into human and animal water supplies and infecting our bodies. Organic farming is a water saving grace. No concentrated chemicals are used to spray crops and water sources around the farms are allowed to flourish with plant and animal life. By switching from conventional to organic it may be possible to reverse the damage done by the engineered framing. In an era of where global population is steadily increasing and the quality fresh water supply is steadily decreasing it is critical time to make organic farming the standard.  



In addition to infecting our water with harmful chemicals, conventional farming contaminates humans and animals with harmful substances in plant matter that is consumed. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S Department of Health and Human Services has found; out of the 25 most commonly used chemicals in conventional farming 17 are proven to cause genetic damage, 10 are harmful to reproductive organs, 18 are harmful to skin, eyes and lungs, 5 are toxic to the nervous system, 6 cause hormone disruption, and 12 contain cancer causing chemicals. 






These harmful substances are on the conventionally grown foods we eat, are fed to the conventionally raised livestock we eat, and seeping into the earth. Organic farming utilizes fertilizers that occur naturally from human, animal, and plant waste. Organic fertilizers do not contain concentrated amounts of chemicals proven to cause health problems.  





The elements that harm our bodies and water are also harming the soil. Soils that are continuously sprayed with fertilizers and pesticides used in conventional farming are depleted in minerals and lack the ability to sustain plants in a drought. A healthy soil contains over 50 essential vitamins and minerals that are absorbed by a plant growing in the soil, those vitamins and minerals are then transferred to a human or animal body when they eat the produce. Since spray agriculture has become the standard in America, American people are seriously lacking essential vitamins and minerals. A conventionally grown piece of produce will not contain more than 10 essential vitamins and minerals. These are called essential vitamins and minerals because humans need to consume all of them in order to stay healthy. 




Is it a wonder why America is the world’s leading country in health care problems? How can we be healthy if our water, soil, and our bodies are contaminated with toxins and even the most essential parts of our diet are being depleted by conventional farming practices? Now an even more important question, how can we help organic farming become the standard practice in America? The answer is easy and you can start to make a difference. Use your hard earned money to purchase organically grown and raised foods.  




Submitted Article From Ashley Lauren Heil

Society Gone Wild

Today as I was watching the TV, switching from DayStar, then to the Today Show, I was noticing that both stations were talking about the same thing. They were talking about how to raise your children...of course the Today Show was a bit off on what peoples' children should watch as a family.   A little nudity is no big deal??  What?   

Right then I stopped listening, then I saw the headlines at the bottom of the screen.   It was like the fine print that goes unnoticed.    All of the headlines were stating some very negative things such as:  Boy Scouts will admit openly gay boys, but will not hire gay leaders & Obama: ‘No apologies’ for seizing journalists’ phone records.

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What in the world is happening to our society?

I remember that I was at Walmart the other day. While I was walking past the Kids Movies, I was expressing to my friend, "I think all of the weird movies are concentrated in the Kids Section. "She replied, "Yes, they like to start them out early."   Which brings me to the title of this article...

History Tells All


In the year of 92, I was born in Dallas, Texas.   I had a very good upbringing.  I remember being raised around some very innocent cartoons...the good stuff. 


Then 1996 came and with it was the release of Pok√©mon.  Since then cartoons have taken on a very dark demeanor with very negative messages.

When I do have children I will make sure that I have plenty of the innocent cartoons that I grew up with
  

You Get Out What You Put In



I don't think the younger generation ever noticed this change. Somehow we all are being programmed by the stuff we allow into our hearts.  

Ben Carson

“We get out of life what we put into it. The way we treat others is the way we ourselves get treated.”

― Ben CarsonThink Big: Unleashing Your Potential for Excellence



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