controversySo I looked up some banned foods in the US, and we should be thankful that we don’t eat endangered animals, like gorilla, shark fins, and turtles, and some other endangered animals that seem to be a delicacy in other countries.  What delicacies do we have in the US?  Well, I couldn’t really think of any that were comparable to those meats, but our ethnic foods seem to be delicacies.  But is the All American meal still the norm for those who worship the American way of life?

 

Horse meat is controversial and judging by the vast amount of horse farms we have and how people have horses for therapy, maybe the animal rights activists have infiltrated our society more than we realize.

I was reading about the grain quinoa, which is grown primarily in Bolivia, and how that is controversial because the Bolivian farmers are forced to keep up with the growing world demand of the crop.  There are 3,000 types of quinoa and what has happened is that the Bolivian farmers are forced to grow one specific kind, which is creating a monoculture.

In some ways, veganism seems more controversial in this country than being a meat eater.  I remember when I worked in New Hampshire, there was a guy I worked with who was a vegan, and he would go on and on about how milk was contaminated with urine, among other things.  Maybe the controversial foods in this country to him are the basic foods we eat, like milk, eggs, and meat.

I have watched some social commentary food documentaries over the years and they mention GMOs a lot and those seem very controversial.  I have been to meat production places and they all seem rather open to people looking at their production facilities.  But when I have watched videos on egg production, most of those small time farmers aren’t allowed to show the chickens in closed quarters.  Some of them seem more controversial than the the meat facilities.

In veganism, there are also so many different types of isms out there like people who only eat raw fruit and seeds and the raw food diet where people can’t eat cooked foods above a certain degree.  These, in a way, seem more controversial than some other diets.  And I’m sure there are a lot of flexitarians out there too (people who eat meat occasionally).  I think there’s more than we realize.  The Vegetarian times says there are 22.8 million “vegetarian inclined” people in the US, so that must mean flexitarians.  There are 7.3 million American vegetarians and around the same number of American vegans.  And there are 168 million vegans in the world.

And every once in awhile, I hear about some vegetable (like spinach or scallions) that has salmonella in it or some other type of bacteria.  Maybe because a lot of vegetables aren’t cooked when we eat them, people are scared of vegetables causing disease.  Maybe this explains why GMOs have transformed the world as we know it.  We don’t want salmonella spinach to infiltrate our worlds so we choose genetic engineering to make them less healthy, but more pretty to look at.