…And while I’m on the subject of kids and what they should eat, I’ve got to finally say more about a must-read book for parents (and everyone in “the village” it takes to raise kids/human beings). The Unhealthy Truth, One Mother’s Shocking Investigation into the Dangers of America’s Food Supply – And what Every Family Can Do To Protect Itself, by Robyn O’Brien. This book for me was sort of a Pandora’s box of sad truths about the food industry in our country, which is why I’ve spent the last months since reading it overwhelmed at how to summarize the book on my blog. O’Brien’s book starts with her attempt to understand her children’s food allergies and sensitivities. But out of her search, this self-dubbed “Republican soccer mom” finds herself questioning non-profit organizations, researchers, the government, corporations, and yes, even capitalism. The horrifying truths she uncovers about the conflicts of interest and revolving doors found in our food system are sickening and overwhelming. Regulatory agencies like the FDA and the USDA are plainly failing to do their jobs-to protect US citizens from unhealthy food. From Kraft Mac’n'cheese’s orange food coloring that has been banned in the UK (it causes hyperactivity) to the connection between soy in baby formula and peanut allergies to the dollar bill-eyed bias toward genetically modified foods in this country, the food supply from which we are feeding our kids (not to mention ourselves) is highly suspect. And I believe, it is worth fighting for.
Robyn O’Brien’s book and other helpful info for parents can be found on her site: http://www.robynobrien.com
And her non-profit AllergyKids (which I assume to still be clear of any corporate funding/conflict of interest) has some great basic pointers for parents as well: http://www.allergykids.com