Remember this post? It was focused on how bad we treat our food and although it was mostly regarding vegetables and fruit, the point was clear: I don't want to eat anymore. This time around, I have stumbled across some new information (at least it was new to me) which REALLY made me not want to eat anymore. If you think this is about vegetarianism, you're wrong, it's not - although that point is a valid one too, but it's not what this post is about.
A few days ago I watched a French documentary on food and it just might had been better if I didn't because ignorance really is bliss, especially when there's absolutely nothing you can do about the situation. What am I talking about? Let me just enumerate some of the facts that were brought to light in the documentary:
- There are pesticides in flour which is used to make bread and other pastry, not just because they spray crops with them, but because they "have to" mix grain with them while it's in storage otherwise it goes bad. They could store them in special silos which are cool and don't heat over 10 degrees Celsius (50 Fahrenheit), but those cost more money than the regular ones, so they just contaminate it with a shitload of pesticides.
- You may think wholegrain bread is healthier for you, but it contains more pesticides because the outer part of the grain (the shell that contains more fiber and should therefore be good for you) comes in direct contact with pesticides.
- Every other French baker buys and bakes frozen croissants because they take less time to make (10 minutes vs. several hours).
- Supermarket chains and many bakeries use prepared mixtures for wholegrain bread, which contain about 200 additives, because it takes less time to make (1 hour vs. 8 hours).
- The pigs don't have any fat on them anymore (no bacon) because they're malnourished, they're basically dietetic.
- A female pig can have 20 and more babies per litter (in nature they have them up to 7), they keep the babies in separate stalls so that the mother can't trample them because there are so many (and you can't sell a smashed piglet).
- All of the pigs are artificially inseminated.
- Fish farms keep their salmons under constant light and heat so that they have no sense of seasons changing and they reproduce all the time.
Although I think knowledge is power, I couldn't watch the whole documentary - I take everything that has to do with the maltreatment of animals to heart and as a human being, I feel responsible for the horrible situation that they're put in and it just hurts too much. Basically, I'm a big sissy. But after seeing and hearing all of that, I needed to talk to somebody. Unfortunately, I talked to my mother. Why unfortunately? Because she didn't put me at ease, at the end of our conversation, we were just both miserable. She's a doctor and immediately she said:
"Don't think the situation's any different in medicine. At least 50 % of what we do and prescribe is pointless, the situation is hopeless."
"Do you mean prescribing all those cold medicines and antibiotics?"
"Yes, that too, but also drugs for inducing labor. Most pregnant women are induced, after their due date, before their due date, doesn't matter."
"Because it costs money. Every time you administer that drug, somebody makes profit off it."
"Ok... That's just horrible."
"Yes, it is. It's like with those pigs - it's an industry." And she's right, you have women at 45 who get artificially inseminated (in vitro) and get pregnant with more babies that it's natural for them to have (octomom) and then they get drugs for labor induction and one more pat on the back and they're done. Next!
"Ok, but sometimes you need to do that because it's just past the due date, right?"
"Yes, sometimes. But there are more and more babies who're induced regardless."
"So basically there are more and more babies who don't want to be born."
"Don't you think there's something wrong with this picture if babies don't want to be born?"
"Yes... It is... You were induced a couple of days after your due date too, you know?"
"See, I didn't want to come into this world. I was smart."
"Your brother was also induced a week earlier for no reason."
"And that was 35 years ago..."
"Yes, we have successfully screwed this world up completely."
Don't forget to share this post, I think this might interest some... Hopefully. Posting days are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, so do come back.