Did your hamburger come from a test tube?

Monday, October 24th is the first annual National Food Day! What IS Food Day, you ask? This is the day to promote the eating of real food…not food products that have been created in a laboratory! It is a day to shop for fresh foods at your local farmers market, cook a meal from scratch, and maybe even teach your kids that butter actually comes from MILK that we get from COWS! Yes, sadly enough there are children in this world who really think that butter comes from corn!

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National Food Day

A few month’s ago I watched Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution. If you haven’t seen this show or haven’t heard of Jamie I really recommend you check him out. Basically, he went into an LA school system to teach the kids about food. Before he could start teaching them, he needed to know exactly what these kids already knew so he gave them a little quiz. When provided with the question “Where does butter come from:  A. cows, B. corn, or C. sunflowers” a disturbing number of them actually answered B. CORN! These were high school kids…not young children who just haven’t learned this material yet! How can we let our children grow up with so little knowledge of the food that nourishes them?


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Think About This:  Scientists are currently working on growing steak in a laboratory! Now, I understand that this may appeal to you if you are choosing a vegetarian lifestyle but there are many cultures who eat a completely vegetarian diet without laboratory grown meat products. Why are they trying to grow lab meat? Because for some reason we humans have decided that our steaks need to be bigger than the plates we eat them on and that meat should be served at every meal! If we reduced our meat consumption and raised animals in a sustainable and ethical manner, we would have little need for test tube beef!

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So, what is the goal of Food Day? Here is their statement from the website:

Food Day’s goal is nothing less than to transform the American diet—to inspire a broad movement involving people from every corner of our land who want healthy, affordable food produced in a sustainable, humane way. In other words, we want America to eat real. We want to get Americans cooking real food for their families again. We want fewer people at drive-throughs and bigger crowds at farmers markets. We want to celebrate fresh fruits, vegetables, and healthy whole grains—and to support the local farms and farmers that produce them. We want all Americans—regardless of their age or income or geographic location—to be able to select healthy diets and avoid obesity, heart disease, and other diet-related conditions.

So, what can you do on National Food Day to help spread the real food message? Here are just a few suggestions!

  • Shop at your local farmer’s market
  • Cook a meal (or 3!) from scratch!
  • Make up your weekly menu with at least 2 meat free days!
  • Head to the grocery store and pledge to only buy real foods…replace your margarine with butter and your chicken nuggets with real chicken!
  • Attend a Food Day Event: use their event locator to find one in your area!
  • Use this free Food Day School Curriculum to teach your kids about real food!
  • Sign Jamie Oliver’s petition to Support the Food Revolution

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We need to get back to a way of eating that nourishes us, not one that just supplies the proper nutrients. Drinking a vitamin enhanced nutritional beverage will give you the recommended daily allowance of nutrients but is it a healthy way to live? Wouldn’t a plate of broccoli, brown rice, and free range chicken be a better way to get your RDA of protein, carbohydrates, vitamin C, and iron?

Is a plate of Chicken and Broccoli Rice-a-Roni the same thing? No…look at the back of the box and tell me how many ingredients are on that label! I guarantee it is more than just chicken, rice and broccoli!


9 thoughts on “Did your hamburger come from a test tube?”

  1. I had no idea they are trying to grow beef in a test tube. Gross! (Another reason not to have beef-we only have it 1 – 2 x’s a month). I cook from scratch 99% of the time, so appreciate your insight!

  2. I make just about all of our sauces and dressings for some of the very reasons you are speaking of here!

  3. We are trying very hard to eliminate any boxed or processed foods. Nobody needs as much salt that is in many processed foods anyway. I love shopping at the local farmers market for fruits and veggies!

  4. Ummm test tube beef…that sounds so gross! We don’t eat the best foods around here, but I’ve been making some lifestyle changes and now we’re eating more fruits and veggies in our house 🙂

  5. my husband made a good point…he said if you put him in a room with a test tube beef burger or a real hamburger, he would choose the real meat. However, if you put him in the room with a test tube beef burger and a COW, he would choose the test tube meat. We have become very far removed from our food sources and it is a good thing someone ELSE does all the work, right?

  6. Great post. I cook a lot from scratch, but my husband and I have been talking about how we need to be eating more fresh fruits and veggies.


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