In this part of my reflection series I am going to discuss my concerns surrounding our food and water systems.
Under the Trump Regime, he promised to cut FDA regulations:
“The FDA Food Police, which dictate how the federal government expects farmers to produce fruits and vegetables and even dictates the nutritional content of dog food. The rules govern the soil farmers use, farm and food production hygiene, food packaging, food temperatures, and even what animals may roam which fields and when. It also greatly increased inspections of food “facilities,” and levies new taxes to pay for this inspection overkill.”
Supposedly he has flip-flopped on this issue, as it disappeared from his campaigning website, according to Mother Jones.
Many conservative or libertarian types applaud this kind of bravado mainly because they do not want the Government telling us what to do and that the government should have as little influence as possible. While I can see and understand such sentiments, applying it to this situation is completely invalid. This is all twisted up with loaded language and manipulation using plenty of missing key information in his statements.
This is why we need Food Regulations:
Foodborne diseases cause approximately 76 million illnesses, 325,000 hospitalizations, and 5,000 deaths in the United States each year.
If any of our regulations became lax or lifted, that number will go up.
According to Warrie J. Means, Ph.D,Associate Professor and Extension Meat Science Specialist in the Department of Animal Science at the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming:
Food regulations were developed based on sound scientific principles to decrease the incidence of foodborne illness and death.
This has NOTHING to do with a supposed “nanny state” narrative that conservative talking heads and pundits want to push. They push that to instill a knee-jerk reaction in order to hijack critical thinking skills. Don’t let anyone think FOR you.
It’s important to know what the hell you are putting into your body. It’s completely valid to demand standards for the kinds of foods you buy at the grocery store. As far as Trump’s example of the FDA dictating the nutritional content of dog food(as a means to minimize or try to somehow make the FDA seem ridiculous): What the hell is wrong with that? I don’t want my dogs eating ground up leather bits and literal garbage that will make them sick!
Tying this back to my main point of why I feel so strongly about prepping: We need to be food secure and know what is in our food and where it comes from.
I highly support the local foods movement, organic farming, and so on. Shop at farmers markets, learn how to grow your own food and preserve it, learn how to forage for edible plants, perhaps hunt for your own meat or get your meat from someone you know (local farmer/rancher).
If we have a healthy body, we have a healthy mind.
Water. Our bodies are about 75% water. Like every living entity on this planet, we need water to exist.
What happened in Flint, Michigan is an example of a SHTF (shit hits the fan) scenario.
Fracking and unregulated oil and gas corporations putting pipelines under rivers and fracking near water deposits and spilling oil on farm land(which can’t be farmed ever again) has been contaminating various peoples water supplies.
Pipeline spills are contaminating water supplies.
There is an ongoing battle between the people and oil corporations putting profits over health, safety and our basic human rights, not to mention breaking treaties.
I swear, the whole #NODAPL situation is like an episode of Captain Planet.
We are in a very real water crisis right now. Whether it’s drought like in California or risk of contamination or corporation monopolizing our life source, it’s a very real crisis with implications beyond just water. It impacts our food system as well.
All of this sums up to the conclusion that our WATER SUPPLY IS IN DANGER. It’s URGENT we start stockpiling filters, water, capture/filter rainwater, and so on.
I do not want to be completely unaware while my mind and body get poisoned by lead or carcinogens.
This also concludes that the government is not for the people anymore (maybe for certain people). It’s for corporate interests. Unregulating corporations and recognizing them as ‘persons’ comes at the cost of ACTUAL HUMAN BEINGS and DEMOCRACY. I do not believe businesses should be able to exploit workers and steal our life-sustaining resources. We are more than our labor. We are more than cogs in this capitalistic machine.
This is not going to change anytime soon. Big Oil has it’s crude, slimy, insidious tentacles tangled up in the economy, military industrial complex, foreign policies, and more.
“Control oil and you control nations; control food and you control the people.”
(Water can definitely be applied to this quote too).
In closing, I firmly believe that our food and water systems are compromised and that it’s only a matter of time before a drought or a Flint Michigan happens in your neck of the woods. I will leave you with this article that came out today that the Bumblebee is on the endangered species list. Without bees to pollinate we will have no food.
Until next time, prep on!
“You don’t choose the times you live in, but you do choose who you want to be, and you do choose how you want to think.” – Grace Lee Boggs