Everyone knows to be cautious about what you eat! Wait till you see this! It's amazing to see even more info on the poisons and carcinogens put in our foods. Beware, this may upset you.

By jigsaw Latest Reply 2013-06-19 18:57:40 -0500
Started 2013-06-17 07:18:24 -0500

I know there are loads of unhealthy chemicals, and poisons put in our foods, but I found this to be exceptionally disturbing. It's as if it's almost impossible to purchase just plain good old fashion food.

17 replies

GabbyPA 2013-06-19 08:17:17 -0500 Report

I have been doing some of this for a while. I don't buy shredded cheese anymore, only in the brick and you still have to read the labels. It's creepy. I had no idea that some of those things were in our foods. I like what Nick said about being the filters for the earth. YIKES, but why do we think of these things in the first place. Grow your own stuff. It really helps keep it safer, as long as you are not adding your own versions of poisons to the mix.

Kerriomelitis 2013-06-19 18:23:48 -0500 Report

What is the addition to shredded cheese that is not good? Is it flour?

jigsaw 2013-06-19 18:57:40 -0500 Report

It's wallpaper paste, otherwise called cellulose powder. Basically and otherwise wood pulp! Totally indigestible, and very healthy if your a termite!!!

jigsaw 2013-06-19 09:07:42 -0500 Report

It reminds me of the 50s and 60s when so many more people smoked cigarettes. The tobacco companies were making a fortune with tobacco products, while they were killing us off. They still are, but many people have managed to kick the addiction. Can we do the same with our addiction and dependency on technology that brings us a modern day means to food. The technology of large corporations, chemical companies etc, all combined with corporate greed have landed squarely in our supermarkets, as a perfect example. What better place to make money then right where we all eat with various toxins diquised in our foods!
Don't wait until there is a football size lump growing out of the side of your neck! Read the labels and do your best to get informed.

Nick1962 2013-06-18 10:15:11 -0500 Report

Sometimes I wonder if we just weren’t designed to be toxin filters to keep the crap we make from poisoning the earth.

jigsaw 2013-06-18 13:17:47 -0500 Report

I almost had to laugh at the tragedy at hand! Maybe I'll go out, pick up a couple of chickens, and raise them myself. Cows are out of the question, besides my neighbors wouldn't appreciate having a bull around. They just might think I'm being too extreme.

Nick1962 2013-06-18 13:29:09 -0500 Report

Try goats. They're as much fun as dogs plus you can milk them.

jigsaw 2013-06-18 18:19:44 -0500 Report

On second thought, goats and cows are out. I just can't see myself milking a cow or a goat. Besides, I don't drink enough milk to warrant it. A chicken or two is a possibility. I already have a dog. Last time I saw a goat, he ripped a 2' by 2' paper poster off a wall and munched it down as if it were a cracker. Pretty funny.

Nick1962 2013-06-19 08:54:30 -0500 Report

The milk we sold to a local co-op. I never drank more than a cup of it, but we did make good cheese from it. At a certain age they were sent to the “processor” so we never had to down them.
Might want to reconsider – goats are profitable and tastier than lamb (in my opinion anyway). Had curried goat in Curacao year before last – tasty!

jigsaw 2013-06-19 09:23:06 -0500 Report

During my retirement, and as I approach my golden years (what a joke) who knows, I just might add a goat to the array. What do you feed goats ?

Nick1962 2013-06-19 10:53:11 -0500 Report

Depends on how you want them to taste! For the older ones, we did a mix of Purina Goat Chow and alfalfa in summer and chow and “chaffhay” (chopped up early alfalfa, a bit of molasses and an added culture) in winter. The younger ones got mostly pelletized whole grains, and the ladies got a special mix during baby time depending on how they were doing.

They eat like deer – munching woody stuff and brush – rather than like cows who graze grass and munch it down to the root. You can train them to graze (ours seemed really fond of clover), and that old tale of them eating just about anything is partly true. While I never saw them eat a tin can, I did see them eat paper egg cartons, shipping boxes (don’t let FedEx leave boxes on your porch if you have free roam goats), phone books, and an occasional fruit crate.

They are fun critters and have personalities just like dogs.

jigsaw 2013-06-19 14:42:57 -0500 Report

I'd like them to taste like a filet mignon! Seriously, quite a bit of good info and advice. I had no idea that you were so familiar with raising goats. I've already started working on my wife. She's thinking a couple chickens and a rooster might be ok. I'm thinking they might attract snakes, so a goat would be better. Plenty of time to decide. Meanwhile, we still have the American Staffordshire Terrier, and she loves chicken. Not so sure about letting her tangle with a goat.
Off the subject, my wife was out on the porch the other night observing a frog climbing up the wall of the house. Suddenly, something swooped down out of the darkness, over her shoulder and the frog was gone. All that was left was a big poop on the porch. My wife quickly entered the house obviously very upset and told me what happened. I reminded her that there are owls in the woods next to us, and more then likely, that's what it was. Very, very strange, yet so cool!

Nick1962 2013-06-19 15:22:27 -0500 Report

Well, they aren’t as sweet as beef but sweeter than lamb and not as gamey. Not a popular meat in the US, but all over the place in the Caribbean.
Had a relative who was a mother earth hippie and just wanted to raise a few. I ended up working summers on the goat farm they got them from and showed them at the county fair. Took part in a couple births as well. Met and dated a girl who raised pygmies as house pets. They get along well with dogs, but have to climb on everything. Never park your car in a yard of free roam goats.

locarb 2013-06-17 23:09:25 -0500 Report

Just when I thought I had it all figured out…

jigsaw 2013-06-18 06:22:58 -0500 Report

Even bottled water can be contaminated! It's a changing world, and your not alone. Maybe your better off not having it all figured out, who knows! I think I'll have my arsenic levels checked. I've been eating quite a bit of chicken lately, thought it was safe.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2013-06-17 09:50:21 -0500 Report

Maybe I shouldn't have read this as I am trying to unwind before going to sleep. Since I have had weird allergic reactions to foods, I am usually an avid label reader. For a while I could tell in the first tiny taste of some beef if I should avoid more of it. I would go from a fairly calm and reasonable person to an extremely paranoid person within 30 minutes. Resorted to an almost fetal position while chanting "They are out to get me". Then 2 hours later be myself again. Do not know what the reaction was caused by, I just guessed it was something they either fed tor treated he cattle. It only happened with meat from a certain packing house and not all their meat. Possibly could be penicillin, whenever I have taken a 14 day course of penicillin I become slightly paranoid and depressed by day 5.
Fighting the urge to research arsenic poisoning, I used a free chicken biscuit coupon for breakfast, ate the chicken and hubby tried the biscuit.
Oh, and remember not all organic foods are always safe. Just the other week wasn't their some sort of health crisis because of contaminated organic frozen fruit.

jigsaw 2013-06-17 16:35:51 -0500 Report

It's sad that in this country where we have all kinds of organizations to help protect us, many if not most appear corrupt. At least to some extent we can take matters into our own hands by keeping informed.