Health, Living

Can We Trust Our Food Suppliers?

I think we all want to eat healthy food. We also want to eat tasty food. Unfortunately for many, taste wins over health. We rely on food labels to determine whether a product will pass our “healthy” test, so we in turn rely on the manufacturers to label their food properly. Are they being truthful in their labels? How do we really know?

I’ve even heard someone say,

If it has a label, don’t eat it.

That would most likely be the best way to go. No label means you are buying what you see–no additives, nothing extracted.

Still, how do we know? How do we know what conditions that food was raised in? How do we know what chemicals may or may not have been used as herbicides or pesticides? If something is labeled “organic,” how do we know that it really is organic?

I’ve been saying for a while that I’m waiting for the day that we find out that the whole organic thing is a scheme. I’m reminded of the incident in the ’90s when it was revealed that Minute Maid’s apple juice wasn’t what it appeared to be. What was supposed to be 100% apple juice had actually been watered down.

A prominent businessman from northwest Missouri, Randy Constant, has plead guilty to wire fraud and faces a possible prison sentence of 20 years and a $250,000 fine for a $142 million grain fraud scheme.

Constant misled customers into thinking they were buying certified organic grain when it was not organic.

Prosecutors also say Constant admits falsely telling customers the grain he sold was grown on his certified organic fields in Nebraska and Missouri. Prosecutors say the certified organic fields were sprayed with unauthorized substances.

So, here we are. It has come to pass. The trust has been broken.

The heart [is] deceitful above all [things], and desperately wicked: who can know it?

Jeremiah 17:9


2 thoughts on “Can We Trust Our Food Suppliers?”

  1. I guess the only way to know what you are eating for sure is to grow it yourself. I am fortunate to live in an area with a lot of farms. I buy my produce at a little farm stand all summer where I have developed a relationship with the farmer and his wife. The fields are right there (I can see them) and so are the chickens who lay the eggs I buy.

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    1. That is so nice that you have someone nearby to buy from. I agree that the only way to know for sure is to grow it yourself. I am fortunate that my small town has a farmer’s market on Saturday mornings, and I have a friend that I buy eggs from.

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