Farming, Food

A Letter To Glenda:What’s in Chicken?

Hi Glenda,

My daughter just turned 12 years old and of course we had a pajama party with four of her best girl friends.

One of the girls, I’ll call her Amy, we didn’t know very well. Amy’s parents came to personally drop her off and do the parental check-out of the situation. As older parents sometimes can be, they were a little over protective. And to help them feel more comfortable I offered to show them around the farm a bit.

Amy is really big for her age. She was large – much larger than my daughter in both height and girth. Her parents were fairly short, but large around the waist. From their body size, skin, and quality of their flesh, it was easy to see they ate mostly conventional food.

It just tears me up to see people feeding their kids junk. Especially the really young children. How are their little bodies ever going to be healthy and grow properly? Most people just don’t realize how bad it is, or I am sure they wouldn’t feed it to the kids.

It is so bad, the medical establishment fully expects that one third of all children born in the last decade will have juvenile diabetes.

It is so bad they are starting to screen 6th graders for heart disease.

And the school lunch program is probably some of the worst food on the planet.

I usually don’t say anything to people, because the conversation is so – well, it is not uplifting. And where do you begin? The entire food supply is essentially toxic. They are eating it, and they are feeding it to their kids. How do you begin to tell people that?

But in the way back of my conscience I heard the quiet mantra that always moves me, that get’s me out of bed each day, that drives me…. The mantra of

“Homegrown food on every table”.

What does that mean to me?

It means I get to experience the delightful tastes of fresh, healthy food at each meal in my home. Food that is rich in nutrition with bright beautiful colors and amazing tastes. It means I awake with sheer delight every morning re-discovering that my body moves freely with agility and strength. It mean’s my friends who haven’t seen me in years say “you look great – you haven’t aged a bit”.

I want to share this amazing experience with everyone. And that is what “Homegrown Food On Every Table” means.

So I decided I would try to broach the subject of food with these two parents. This was going to be a tough sell. These people did not look at all like they would want to garden. They looked uncomfortable just being outside. So where to begin?

While I do have a few gardens scattered around, I’ve been working more and more with the higher energetic and nutritive wild foods through edible landscaping. All around my yard is food or medicine growing – but a lot of it cannot be seen by most folks unless I point it out.

Well, one oblivious thing was a flock of 87 pastured chickens we are growing. My husband and I do these big batches once or twice a year to fill up the freezer for our family. We also use them for trading with neighbors and when our hearts call for it, we give them as gifts.

I pointed out the chickens and mentioned to the parents “did you know that Tyson Foods is the worlds largest producer of chicken?” They didn’t know that of course. It was my opening and I pushed on. “Yes, it’s a tough business with a very thin profit margin of only about three percent”.

The husband and wife looked at each other wondering where this conversation was going.

I continued, “in the chicken business the most important, biggest thing, is the weight of the birds – the total sale amount depends on the total weight.

So a common practice in the larger chicken operations is to add a tiny amount of arsenic to the chickens feed. It’s not enough to kill the chickens; it is just a tiny amount. But it gets into the chickens bodies and causes the cells of the chickens to swell and retain water – and wholla! The chickens weigh more. So a little bit of arsenic helps cut down on the cost of feed, and turns out to be a profitable thing to do.

The thing is though, when you eat that chicken meat, you get the arsenic in your cells. Your cells swell and retain water. And you are thinking you are eating healthy because you choose chicken right? But by eating that chicken you will never be able to lose weight.”

The two of them stood there a moment, thinking.

The husband says slowly “they also feed those animals growth hormones to get them fatter and bigger more quickly and we are eating that too. And they give them anti-biotics… ”

There was a bit more silence.

And then the wife says with a burst of enthusiasm – “we have three acres of land”.

If you haven’t bought the Grow Your Own Groceries DVD set – do it now. I promise it’s good. It is really good. After selling thousands and thousands of these, I’ve only had two or three returns.

Get started now and you won’t ever have to eat that chicken.

Grow Your Own Groceries com dvd

Marjory

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