Food Art…Worth 1000 Words?

My son Gage sent me some pictures that he likes and I decided to do a post on “Food Art”.

This one is by Banksy. What a great way to get across how we “hunt and gather” for our food by going to the supermarket! How far removed from knowing where our food comes from can we get?

This picture is by Ron English and begs the questions:

Who’s feeding our kids? Who’s preparing their food? And what’s their motivation anyway? What’s in the food and where does it come from? Do we care?

As consumers, we’ve sold ourselves out in pursuing our addiction to “convenience”.

Another picture by Ron English.

Chemicals and GE (genetically engineered foods) are being added to our foods in increasing amounts with more to come. This picture is reflective of the GE “growth hormone” (rBGH, rBST) that is given to cows to make them produce way more milk than they were ever intended to do.

More milk IS produced… but in addition to this manufactured growth hormone, antibiotics must be administered to the cows because they get sick and develop mastitis, or inflammation of the nipple. So we get not only the GE hormone, but also antibiotics and pus in our milk. It’s true… I’m sorry. And that says nothing of the suspected links to breast, colon and prostate cancer.

From Wikipedia:

“Since 1994 it has been possible to synthesize the hormone using recombinant DNA technology to create recombinant bovine somatotropin(rBST), recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH), or artificial growth hormoneMonsanto was the first to develop the technology and marketed it as “Posilac” – a brand now owned by Elanco Animal Health, a division of Eli Lilly and Company.

The United States is the only developed nation to permit humans to drink milk from cows given artificial growth hormone.[1]Posilac was banned from use in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and all European Union countries (currently numbering 27), by 2000 or earlier.”…

Human health concerns centre around three areas:

  • rBST and its byproducts
  • increased levels of IGF
  • secondary effects, e.g. the increased use of antibiotics to treat mastitis

IGF is produced by the cow in response to BGH injections,[14] and it is this hormone which increases growth and milk production. Bovine and porcine IGF-I are identical to human IGF-I, while IGF-II differs among animal species.[15]

IGF plays a role in the formation of new tumours [16][17] [18] and increased levels of IGF-1 may be linked to increased risk of breast, colon, and prostate cancer. [19] [20]However IGF is involved in many biological processes so it is not possible to assign a clear-cut cause and effect relationship. IGF-1 is not denatured by pasteurisation, so consumption of milk from rBST treated dairy cows will increase the daily intake of IGF-I.[citation needed]

Further association of IGF with breast cancer was provided by a 20-year epidemiological study begun in 1976, which was published in 1997.”[21]

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One Response to Food Art…Worth 1000 Words?

  1. JRM says:

    I bet these pix will be your SECOND most commented-upon post of the year …

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