The Chicken or the Egg

It’s the preverbal question, right?  And, with the recent egg recall, that question is now at the forefront of everyone’s mind.  My question is, how did we get here?  How is it possible that a country as technologically advances as the USA can let this happen?  The current egg recall is for half a billion eggs!  Even if you don’t eat eggs for breakfast, you’re still consuming them in breads, cakes, mayonnaise, etc.  So, there’s still a chance, albeit a small one, that those tainted eggs could make their way into our kitchens even after we’ve thrown them out.

So, just HOW did we get here?  For that answer, I believe we have to look toward Capital Hill.  Now, I’m NOT saying this is a Republican or Democrat issue.  What I am saying is that I think it’s crazy that the U.S Department of Agriculture regulates chickens, while the Department of Health and Human Services’ Food and Drug Administration regulates chickens’ eggs.  Why on earth would those two things be separated?  Don’t they kind of…uh…go together?  It’s a confusing setup to say the least.

I watched ‘Food, Inc.‘ for the first time the other day.  Wow.  Eye-opening to say the least.  If you haven’t seen it, RUN to you local Blockbuster and get it.  Now.  It sheds a bright light on an otherwise dark food industry.  After watching that, I realized that the food in our groceries is driven by corporate greed rather than health and wellness.  It’s a sad state of affairs, to be honest, with the latest example being the egg recall.  It seems the FDA isn’t regulating much of anything these days.  According to ‘Food, Inc.’, not that long ago the FDA conducted somewhere around 50,000 inspections of food manufacturing plants, farms, etc.  In recent years, that number dropped to less than 10,000.  Knowing that, I’m not one bit surprised to hear of the egg recall.

Even before we watched ‘Food, Inc.’ we have started buying more organic foods, more local food, and most importantly, more real food.  What about you?  Are you considering making changes due to the recent recall?  What percentage of your diet is real food?  What percentage is organic?