I think our generation is trying to find our way back. We are trying to peel back the layers with 50 years of changes and sort through what were good decisions and not so good decisions by our countries, government, and family. I think people born in the 30s and 40s hold the key to opening many doors for us we just need to make them feel treasured enough to share it. Finding out from an older generation – how did you manage in the kitchen without plastic or non stick to help you? How do you butcher, chop, freeze and prepare a carcass of meat? How do you preserve and can seasonal fruit and veggies? How to you batch cook and freeze so you have meals planned for the week rather than worrying about dinner each day? Don’t you want to know the answers? I do, and I’m pretty sure the grandparent crowd knows the answers and somewhere – the knowledge transfer didn’t happen. I think the 2nd generation of women trying to have it all, working full-time, having kids, and trying to find that balance plays into things. I think this generation is more kindred to our grandparents with not wanting it all and yearning to just have one constant thing to concentrate on and feel truly blessed if they are able to stay home to raise children full-time or have enough support to also work.
The problem I see is the knowledge transfer. Our generation is dealing with things unheard of in the world to date. We are having to battle for a clean food supply. This is something no other generation can relate to. Other generations had to battle for food, with wars and food shortages, which must have been horrifying, but we are dealing with a truly unique problem with our food because of genetically modified manufacturing. If you haven’t heard about GMO food and the health problems we are having because of chemically tainted food, you need to start listening. The rates of every disease is sky rocketing and the time periods of man-made chemicals from 50 years ago and the more recent introduction of GMOs 20-30 years ago seemed to have kicked every disease into overdrive: cancer, allergies, diabetes, autism, Parkinsons, heart, kidney, thyroid disease, infertility, asthma, and more.
I watched a documentary tonight called Genetic Roulette and it’s really well done. It is scary but you should be more scared to ignore the issue of GMO and our food source. The only thing that washes away feelings of being scared, bullied, or feeling like you have no voice is to empower yourself with knowledge. The biggest message I took away from this movie is if I can inspire one person with talking about GMOs I am helping to solve this problem. You might remember the farmer in Food. Inc. that looks into the camera and tells us “you the consumer dictate what farmers will grow – tell us to do it a different way and we will!” This documentary has the same hopeful message; rather than waiting for government or the FDA to regulate the problem of GMOs, stop participating in it’s growth. Purchase organic or from a local farmer you trust. Be relentless at the grocery store and ask questions. Tell your grocer or any food source (school cafeteria, any source of food for children) that if products or food was labelled GMO free, you would be appreciative of that information. You want the right to know what is in your food. Because once the 3 huge food companies that own all the GMO brands see a dip in the American market, they will consider changing American food since they already have to do it for Europe. We have the ability to inspire the change we want to see with our food.
So call upon the generation that knows how to get around the GMO trap by harkening back 50 years ago. Just explain to them that a company called Monsanto has hired the same lawyers the tobacco industry did to convince everyone that smoking isn’t harmful and we need to get back to basics with real food. Wouldn’t it be great to navigate the perimeter of the grocery store so that you are buying very little packaged food? For the next little while we’re going to have to research our food or just purchase organic to avoid bio-engineered food, but after Prop 37 is approved and California forces labeling of GMO food, we can look at eliminating what has become a wide-spread genetically engineered problem. Use your consumer dollars and case a vote for the world you want to have – a world where food is not a science experiment with ripple effects of sickness. We need to get back to having a basic necessity of food for our children so that we stop the cycle of disease and research. The Genetic Roulette documentary was free when I watched it – I hope you still have access when you find this article. If not, it’s worth ordering with a bunch of friends or family – you will feel empowered and feel like you have some changes to make. Sometimes a visual is best – here is a great quote by Anna Lappe and how consumers can change the world. Close your eyes and visualize the world you want your grandchildren to have – then go make it happen!