If it’s true that we are what we eat, do you really want to eat a hamburger or anything else made in a lab?

By Christina Chodos · September 20, 2013 · Featured in: Advice

I have many areas of concern regarding the scientific burger “breakthrough,” including the way in which in the last 50-60 years our society has moved further and further away from REAL FOOD and the importance of the old grandmotherly wisdom of “you are what you eat.”

Every day we have more and more scientific, medical and experiential proof that what’s at the end of your fork has more power to improve your health and sense of well-being than synthetically made or enhanced food “products” and pharmaceuticals. REAL FOOD isn’t altered and doesn’t need to have dyes, sweeteners, nutrients, fats or anything else added to make it taste good and look appetizing. It doesn’t need engineered molecules to help your health.

With the increased diagnoses of cancer, diabetes, ADHD, depression, and allergies -just to name a few – we Americans need to pause, take a look at what’s on our plates, and take the time to think about how much of a part food plays in our health.

One of the reasons cited for spending hundreds of thousand of dollars to “grow” hamburger meat in the lab was its environmental benefit: more people could eat better and with more pleasure once the technique is perfected. But we already have tasty, effective, efficient and responsibly sustainable alternatives for food production that will also dramatically help with carbon emissions (livestock play a surprisingly huge role in greenhouse gases), and which also improve the lives and experiences of our animals. The state of North Carolina recently passed a law restricting whistle blowers on factory farms; think about that: what is it that we can’t see, and should we being eating anything that is grown “in the dark”?

I heartily recommend the documentary Forks over Knives. It’s a wonderful film and a quick way to understand some of these issues, and to learn that you don’t have to become a vegetarian to help address these issues, but that incorporating a more plant-based diet will help with how you feel, your health care costs, the health of our planet and our animals, and the world we leave our children, in other words, the benefits of REAL FOOD.

Here’s an interesting article that made me think about our current eating habits and sustaining ourselves into the future:

Can We See Our Hypocrisy to Animals?

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