Food bearing the USDA organic certification label may still originate from a factory farm. Chickens refrigerated for over one year can still be labeled as “fresh.” Can we trust food labels? Should we trust them?
Author and trailblazing farmer Joel Salatin from Polyface Farms and Dr. Sina McCullough expound today on their new book, Beyond Labels.
They cut through the confusion with truth about the food industry and its calculations to make money and obfuscate cheap ingredients and food processing shortcuts. Joel and Sina offer practical tips for avoiding antibiotics in our food, reacquainting ourselves with cooking, and taking simple steps to rediscover the benefits of living beyond labels.
Highlights from the conversation include:
- Why Joel Salatin and Sina McCullough wrote Beyond Labels
- Generational differences in terms of how we see food
- Why some thinking around food is political
- How food labels tell one side of the story
- Where to start to make positive changes to the diet
- How a government-certified organic label does not mean no factory farming was involved
- Certain practices are labeled “GRAS” (generally regarded as safe) even if not proven to be so
- Most food labels cannot be trusted to tell the real story behind its preparation or ingredients
- The importance of going from trusting labels to eating food that has no labels
- Labels as promoting conformity over individuality
- What “Beyond Labels” addresses that’s been missing in how to nourish
- Which processed foods are more healing and which are less healing
- Practical advice for how to avoid antibiotics in our food – even when eating out
- The effects of the myriad of pharmaceuticals in conventionally-packaged meats
- Strategies to save money (and how cooking helps in that regard)
- The benefits of having the right tools (like a crock pot)
- Where to start eating a more whole, real food diet
WAPF Shopping Guide
Joel’s website: http://www.polyfacefarms.com
Sina’s website: https://www.handsoffmyfood.com