Healthy food needs to be defined in the context of this site before going forward.
Food that gives the body all the nutrients it needs to thrive; to grow, protect itself and function normally is the food referred to.
Requirements would be that it is organic. It is crops grown on fertile ground, without pesticides, herbicides or unnatural fertilizers.
Genetically engineered food, whether crops or animals, would not meet this criteria due to its unnatural nature and questionable long term effects.
Monoculture farming methods would not be included in the healthy food category in that there would be no crop rotation, no fallow periods for the land and of necessity, large amounts of chemical fertilizers would be required to compensate for the stress to the soil.
If animal products are to be considered healthy food, they would have been fed food natural to the species such as free range pasture or natural forage.
There would be no added growth hormones, no non-therapeutic antibiotics, no questionable chemicals such as arsenic given to chickens.
Animals would be housed in a stress-free environment with clean water and clean living conditions.
There would be no overcrowding such as conditions commonly associated with factory farmed broiler and egg production.
There would be freedom of movement, the ability to roam, which would rule out gestation crates for hogs or calves tethered for veal production or battery cages for chickens.
Stated again, genetically engineered animals are not allowed in the good food category.
On the other hand, bad food is best described in terms of a time frame. If a particular food is deficient in nutrients or contains toxins and/or chemicals harmful to the body over time, it is simply bad food.
Similarly, if it contained organisms that could harm the body if consumed over an extended period of time, it is bad food.
A good example is the case study of what happened to Morgan Spurlock's body when he decided to eat nothing but food from McDonalds for one month. To see for yourself, watch his documentary movie, Super Size Me, or read his book based on the experience, Don't Eat This Book: Fast Food and the Supersizing of America.
Another good example is the danger posed by vegetables when the crops are sprayed with animal factory waste. They absorb the heavy metals, organisms and chemicals present in the toxic waste and end up in our bodies.
Such contaminants have been shown to cause disruptions to the endocrine system, create environments favorable to cancer, and stress the body and its immune system in numerous ways.
The same is true of both farmed and wild fish, all of which is now contaminated in varying degrees by mercury, cadmium and other industrial toxins.
Food Matters and how we choose our food and prepare it is of vital importance to our health. Eating locally produced food, usually available from farmer's markets, is one avenue to healthy eating.
It is not as hard as one might think and here is a website to help one search for organic, healthy food. At the top of the site is a search box where one can plug in their city or zip code and get a list of such food suppliers. When I input my fairly small hometown, I got no less than 19 recommendations.
And to get started, there's no better place to start than Burpee. By now, everyone should know about Burpee Seeds but they also carry everything the home gardener and "grow it yourself" enthusiast would ever want or need. Check them out using the link below.
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