I am a writer, blogger, activist, and short story author. When I'm not writing or raising my kids with my life partner I'm busy being vocal about feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, and attempting to bring attention to human rights violations all over the world.
I write for Yahoo! Voices, Ecorazzi, The Hungry Kitchen and a few other places. My most recently published story can be found in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Food and Love.
OMG! Is Thanksgiving really only a week away?! November has just flown by and before you know it Christmas will be here followed shortly by New Years. Things always seem to move so quickly toward the end of the year. It really is crazy how anyone manages to stay sane.
On Thanksgiving I will try my hand at cooking a turkey again. Last year's attempt wasn't perfect. It was actually surprising that it was edible. I had thought to myself -- well, a turkey is just a giant chicken and I've made plenty of those. How hard could it be?-- HA! If I only knew... it is much, much harder. My turkey was well seasoned with a crisp skin, a very dry interior and the gravy I attempted to make from the drippings downright unedible.
This year I'll have help from a friend and my other half. We are determined to get the turkey done right. The fixings come out great on the other hand. I make smashed potatoes, potato skins, green bean casserole and stuffing. I've got the sides down pat. Oh, and let's not forget the biscuits.
What is your favorite Thanksgiving dish? Do you have a traditional dish that you serve? Do you serve something other than Turkey?
There are some very disturbing things going on with the American food supply. I encourage anyone who loves to eat to know what they are eating by researching the products that they buy. That being said, not everything is labeled and apparently the USDA thinks that this is an acceptable practice.
A recent report on ABC News, talked about 'pink slime' that can be found in 70 percent of ground beef found in supermarkets. 70%!!! This is the same type of product that McDonald's was criticized for last month when the world found out that the company used 'pink slime' to make chicken nuggets. Both variations of 'pink slime' go through a separating process before being sprayed with ammonia gas to kill off bacteria before being placed in the food supply as a meat product. ABC News spoke with two former USDA scientists who did not approve of the plan to use the 'pink slime' meat product. However, that did not stop the USDA from approving the ingredient which is not used in most ground beef found in grocery stores and in school lunches.
'Pink slime' is not the only item that the USDA is supporting without a label telling consumers exactly what it is. Soon Monsanto's genetically modified sweet corn will be available in Walmart unless Walmart decides not to sell it due to customer complaints and petitions. Monsanto's GM sweet corn contains Bt toxin, commonly used as pesticide on crops. Monsanto's corn produces this ingredient without the need for outside pesticides. The problem with Monsanto's GM sweet corn is that when bugs attempt to eat the crop it causes the stomachs of the insects to rupture. It is completely unknown what the affect this corn will have on humans who eat it. According to Care2 and many other activist sites, lab rats that were fed the corn experience internal organ failure.
Monsanto's GM sweet corn won't be labeled or at least it doesn't have to be just yet. Numerous petitions have gone to the USDA, the FDA, and Walmart urging the use of clear labeling on products that are genetically modified. Consumers don't just want to be informed of what they are eating. They need to know what they are eating.