Earth mama

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

Now, I know what you're thinking: you want to stop reading right now. You don't want to know what is in your food so you can keep on eating it and serving it to your kids. Why? Because it's easier to not know where it comes from, and it tastes good. That's exactly how Barbara Kowalcyk felt, until she fed her 2-year-old son a contaminated hamburger that killed him.

The food we eat is not raised or grown in a natural way. One hamburger patty contains bits of meat from hundreds of cows. To prevent e-coli, meat products are washed in ammonia before being shipped off to the grocery store. The pesticides and antibiotics used in and on meats and vegetables are making our children resistant to various medicines.

The movie Food Inc. is a must-see for every mother. Moms make the majority of the purchasing decisions for the home, especially when it comes to food. You are on the front lines of food safety for your children.

Here are 10 simple ways the creators of Food Inc. recommend that you can begin to protect your family from contaminated foods and foods laced with pesticides and chemicals. You can make a difference!

  1. Stop drinking sodas and other sweetened beverages.
  2. Eat at home instead of eating out.
  3. Support the passage of laws requiring restaurants to post calorie information on menus and menu boards.
  4. Tell schools to stop selling sodas, junk food and sports drinks.
  5. Go without meat for one day.
  6. Buy organics or sustainable food with little or no pesticides.
  7. Visit you local farmers market and protect local farms.
  8. Read the labels on your food. (I saved over $30 on my last grocery bill by reading the labels and putting back foods with unknown ingredients. I also purchased all organic fruits, vegetables and milk, and still had a $30 savings.)
  9. Call your state representative to tell them food safety is important to you.
  10. Demand job protections for farm workers and food processors, ensuring fair wages and other protections.

For more information, visit Get the facts and you can make a difference.