adventures in awesomeness…

Same (blog) Skin, New Pledge.

on May 4, 2010

It’s time to do something. I can no longer sit by, watching the news, Michael Moore, and what I see at the Walmart and just complain. I can no longer go on with endless, seemingly pointless discussions about the world, the government, corporations, the debt-riddled middle class, the working poor and not do anything.

But I don’t want to telemarket. I don’t want to preach or call people during dinner, harass them on their way to work, or ask them for a donation. What can I possibly do that will make a difference to this world and the people who call it home without too much effort? Do I have to make signs? Protest on the street? Give up my precious free time? Or time with my children?

And then I was given the answer. A brilliant, easy, wonderful, multi-rewarding answer thanks to the folks behind Food, Inc.

So after the boys destroyed my second laptop plug, I decided it was time to take a break from the Internet and watch some movies. My newest thing is documentaries. I kicked it off with Enron, the Smartest Guys in the Room and Capitalism, a Love Story. Then I moved onto our news media, the war in Iraq, weapons of mass destruction… They all have a similar theme: throw a dart at one of the handful of American corporations and see how it’s fucking people over. Matt and I had lots of discussion about corrupt corporations – I believe that anything BIG is bad. I know there are some *ahem, penii!* exceptions, but that list is small.

And then I found Food, Inc. I didn’t want to watch a PETA advert. I cried and vowed (for a day or two) never to eat chicken again after receiving a pamphlet outside of Muir at UCSD. But I was pleasantly surprised. It was serious, it was sad and poignant, yes, but it gave solutions. Real solutions. It told me that I could do something and then broke it down for me.

Firstly, I was not going to eat another hamburger made from 1000 different cattle. I have two boys and I am not losing either one to e. coli, salmonella, heart disease, diabetes, or any other preventable disease. And fuck soybeans. Shame on you Monsanto, making an old man cry on television. (And now I have a good excuse not to “try” tofu. It’s wiggly and tasteless. Bleck. Get over it.) Secondly, the decision wasn’t hard to make. I was going to vote with my dollar. I am fortunate enough to live in a family that survives off on one income. That means I have time to read labels, to travel a bit farther to a farmer’s market to buy local meats and produce. I can bake my own cookies, my own bread. Yeah, my grocery bills may be a bit bigger. $6/gallon for milk!?! That’s one trip to Starbucks… two coffees, no extras.  And since I’m not eating shitty corn-fed, manure-wallowing, ammonia/chlorine washed meat, I save on my trips to fast food restaurants. Thirdly, what an easy way to lose weight! Healthy eating… whooda thunk it?

I’m not turning vegetarian. I’m not turning hippie. I’m turning pro-American. I’m standing up for what my family needs in terms of food. I am standing up for what the families who can’t. I’m supporting the rebuilding of America. I’m supporting small business (and the economy!) and helping to build jobs so things are better for my boys, my neighbours boys (and girls) and all their friends. And I’m looking to you, my fellow readers, to keep me accountable.

I did my first pass at the Mesquite Albertsons’ today and, boy, they don’t make it easy. But it’s a start. =)

It’s a start.


6 responses to “Same (blog) Skin, New Pledge.

  1. Ruby says:

    Damn hippie. You know I can’t be friends with hippies. But I can have them in my family, so I guess you fit into that category. 🙂

    In all seriousness though, I find that being aware and putting forth your best effort is really the first and most important step. Nobody is perfect and it is TOUGH and expensive (both in money and effort) to do everything right. But doing what you can is better than doing nothing.

    Thanks for helping to motivate me in continuing to try to achieve MY best.

  2. Matt says:

    Woo!!! I’m on board! Count me in… FOR REAL this time.

    PS. Do you think Poopaw is organic enough for us to eat?

  3. melissa says:

    I speak hippie. And eat hippies, too. I mean hippie. I guess I smoke hippie, too? Lol. Cheers to never eating a hamburger made from 1000 cows again. Being part hippie, that’s not too hard (I’ve actually not eaten too many hamburgers in my entire life). I made a few similar promises to myself after watching Food, Inc….check out Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution (re: cafeteria food for kids). Like you, I have long been distrustful of large corporations in general, but this food predicament (not that the crap some people are eating even quaifies as food) is out of hand and seems important. Your kids WILL thank you someday for teaching them what real food is….

  4. Matt says:

    I like Melissa’s response but I somehow don’t see our kids ever THANKING us for teaching them what “real food is.” It’s more like I see them making fun of us like we make fun of our parents. heheh.

    2 year olds are so ungrateful.

  5. jessielah says:

    @ Ruby: Your post made me feel good! Whoo! Eating better is awesome!

    @Matt: I don’t even care that much about organic. I just don’t want to eat animals that are sick or eating sick animals. Gross. And since Poopaw eats poop, we cannot eat her. Besides, she seems like she’d be gamey.

    @ Melissa: I will defo check that movie out! Yeah, the meat isn’t too hard, but I swear to bejesus that corn and soy is in everything. I’m going to end up like my mom, making my own sausage. I think Jaxon ate those too. Hmmm…. =)

    back @Matt: They WILL thank us! In their 30s. Or if they become hipsters. Hehe.

    • Ruby says:

      I agree. Your kids WILL thank you one day. I thank my parents for teaching me about real food and opening me up to other options than fast food garbage. It’s something that you can’t buy and it gives you an awareness that other people don’t even know they’re missing. It truly is a gift that keeps on giving. In the meantime, yes, they will be very un-thankful. Two year olds ARE ungrateful. But 20-30 year olds generally have the wherewithal to look back and realize what their parents have given them. Too bad you have 18-28 more years before you get to that point! Haha.

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