eric

ddt is good for me

This is an ad from 1954 exclaiming that DDT is good for you, for the farm, the household, for everything!  Although DDT is no longer used as a pesticide, there are many other nasty chemicals still (more than ever) used in our food.  Today this picture/statement is laughable, but this was only 60 years ago….what will we be laughing at 60 years from now?  The fact that we use millions of tons of chemical fertilizers and pesticides to produce food, or eat products from cloned animals or eat foods ladened in trans-fats and sugars demonstrates a serious problem with our food system.  Understanding where our food comes from is one of the most important pieces to staying healthy today.  Saying "my food comes from the grocery store" unfortunately doesn’t cut it.  I’m not saying never to eat out again or quit eating donuts, but everything in moderation and the bulk of our diet should come from whole, locally sourced foods.

2 Comments

  1. BK on 13.02.2007 at 22:50 (Reply)

    Sort of like the smoking ads from back in the day…

  2. eric on 14.02.2007 at 09:59 (Reply)

    Exactly…people used to say that cigarettes were actually good for you. You would figure a little common sense would tell people otherwise when they woke up in the morning and hacked up a lung. Chemicals in use today are no different than when DDT was introduced. Sure, they haven’t been able to “link” these chemicals to diseases, but it took awhile to figure out that cigarettes caused lung cancer.

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