#TinyTipTues 24: What’s Up With Our Food Supply?26
Welcome back, everybody! I’ve got a couple things to share with you today so I’ll just get right to it.
Have you heard about my Blogiversary Giveaway Celebration? This month marks one year since I’ve launched Nature’s Nurture and I’ve planned a series of events (starting tomorrow!) to help us celebrate with several giveaway contests sponsored by some amazing green-living and eco-friendly companies! Head on over to the announcement post for more information.
The other thing I want to talk about is the topic of this week’s discussion: Our food supply. There’s been a couple of very unsettling stories in the news this week about the contamination of our food supply.
The first story has to do with peanut butter, of all things. A whole bunch of peanut butter was recalled from Trader Joe’s after it was linked to almost 30 cases of salmonella illness. Then yesterday, the company that manufactures the peanut butter, Sunland, Inc., expanded its recall to include other nuts and nut butters sold at places like Whole Foods, Target, Safeway, and Sprouts, among others.
Another story I came across over the weekend was this one about 890,000 pounds of Canadian beef being recalled because “conditions in the slaughterhouse on those days were especially conducive to the proliferation of dangerous E. coli bacteria.” The recall affects 30 U.S. states and among the stores participating in the recall are Walmart, Safeway, and Albertson’s. Although there are no reported cases of illness (thankfully), this is still scary stuff – I mean we’re talking about almost 1 MILLION pounds of beef here!
This is obviously not the first time (and sadly, it probably won’t be the last) that we’ve heard of such cases of food safety. There’s a huge problem here and big government and large corporations are doing absolutely nothing to stop it. That’s why it’s up to us, as individuals and consumers, to take these matters into our own hands and regain control over the foods we bring into our homes and serve our families. And while we’re on the topic, why the heck are we shipping beef from Canada to the US in the first place? The US doesn’t have enough supply from their own factory farms, they need to bring in even more across the border?
I won’t go into too much detail here because I’ll be writing more about this topic for this month’s Natural Living Blog Carnival, which is all about ethical shopping choices, in honor of FairTrade month. But I will say this: stories like these only help to confirm and reassert my family’s choice of sticking to good, wholesome, homemade food and products. And although we consider ourselves semi-vegetarians (only eating ethically raised meat very rarely), I can’t wait for the day that we’re able to raise our own grass-fed, hormone and antibiotic-free, dairy and meat cows!
What are your thoughts on the issue of food safety and the contamination of our food supply? What steps does your family take to ensure only the safest and healthiest foods are served at your table?
It’s Tiny Tip Tuesday!
Now for the blog hop! Last week was our largest party ever, with more than 60 different links shared! If you missed it, head on over to last week’s party to check out some of those awesome tips!
P.S. I know I promised a new button this week, but I just haven’t gotten around to it. Next week, maybe? Hopefully.
Here are this week’s featured links:
The #1 Link:
Kristina from The Greening of Westford shared a wonderful recipe for whipping up coconut oil to use as a body lotion, makeup remover, and eye cream!
My Favorite Link:
Diane from Mamal Diane shared a yummy-looking recipe for pumpkin cheesecake! I love pumpkin and I love cheesecake, so this just sounds heavenly!
Congratulations! Feel free to grab the featured button below! Your posts will also be added to my “Featured on Tiny Tip Tuesday!” board on Pinterest, as well as shared on Facebook and Twitter. Your blog button will also be featured on my sidebar for the rest of the week. Thanks again for linking up with us!
<img title=”Tiny Tip Tuesday @ Nature’s Nurture” src=”http://naturesnurtureblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/tiny-tip-tuesdays-featured-150.jpg” alt=”Tiny Tip Tuesday @ Nature’s Nurture” />
Alright, now what are YOUR tips for this week?
- You may share new links about anything natural, frugal, sustainable, or homemade. Things like kitchen tips, recipes, gardening tips, green cleaners, homemade beauty products, DIY projects, etc.
- Use the permalink to the actual post (NOT your homepage!)
- In the “Name” field below, enter the name of your post (NOT your name!)
- Make sure to visit a couple of the other links, and show them some comment love! We all love comments
- Please include a link back to Nature’s Nurturein your post, or in your sidebar, or even a separate link parties page somewhere on your site; either a text link or include the button below:
<img title=”Tiny Tip Tuesday @ Nature’s Nurture” src=”http://naturesnurtureblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/tiny-tip-tuesdays-button.jpg” alt=”Tiny Tip Tuesday @ Nature’s Nurture” />
Latest posts by Sarah UmmYousef (see all)
- Homemade Air Fresheners: Essential Oil Reed Diffusers - May 17, 2013
- How to Use Chlorella: Nature’s Multivitamin - May 13, 2013
- Please Vote for Nature’s Nurture in Top 25 Eco-Friendly Moms! - May 10, 2013