Sunday, July 10, 2016

Only 1.5% of Americans eat an optimal diet

Isn't that headline absolutely alarming? Subsidies for big agriculture and the food industry are responsible for this. Agribusiness is mass-producing cheap food at the cost of human, animal, and environmental health and all for the sake of profit!
'According to a study published Tuesday in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, more than half the calories Americans consumed between 2001 and 2006 came from subsidized crops like corn, wheat, soy, and rice. While these are admittedly staple crops, which by both definition and nutritional makeup are a major component of diets, the researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that the high rates of consumption of subsidized crops are associated with “adverse cardiometabolic risk” among adults.'

Read more: http://www.takepart.com/article/2016/07/06/crop-subsidies-health?cmpid=tp-ptnr-nourishedkitchen

I first learned about agricultural subsidies from reading The Omnivore’s Dilemma at age 21 during my college days in NYC. It was eye-opening and jump started my desire to buy my produce from local farms. I based my entire college senior thesis on a way to make even the food from the local Union Square Farmers Market more accessible on college campus, where vending machines packed with cheap processed food are on every floor. I was determined to bring awareness to how subsidies for big agriculture and the food industry are making us sick and be part of creating a healthier and environmentally-friendly world.
Just a few years later, that same passion is what inspired me to launch a 'clean label' beef jerky product with emphasis on using 100% grass-fed beef and supporting sustainable practices. It's been quite a rewarding journey, but often overcome with so much doubt.
Small food businesses really need your support to continue offering healthier and more sustainable alternatives packed with nutritional value. If you got a farmers market nearby, make sure to visit! And if you're craving a protein snack made (by hand in small batches in the US) using simple quality ingredients, stop by our online store today!