Dave Gardner’s “Thank God It’s Monday” 26MAR12

“Thank God It’s Monday” is to help companies thrive!

This week’s focus: our food supply

I’m concerned about our food supply and what I’ve personally consumed. How is it that it’s become okay that:

  • Hamburger included “pink slime”
  • We add sugar to everything–including salt
  • Salt is used in amounts three times or more what we need on a daily basis
  • We use MSG (which has 14 different names including “natural flavorings”) to make our brains think the food tastes better. [Note: it doesn’t make the food taste better!]
  • Chemical substances are routinely added to our food–read the content labels

How is it that food has become a negotiation with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)? How is that a “beef” taco has to have laws defining what “beef” is allowed to consist of? How is it that companies can lobby the FDA to have their additives included in our food supply? Is this in our best interest or theirs?

If we are going to thrive physically and mentally, we must become more aware of what we are ingesting.

Thought for the week:

“Effective leaders help others to understand the necessity of change and to accept a common vision of the desired outcome.” – John Kotter

What do you think? I welcome your blog comments!


Dave Gardner, Gardner & Associates Consulting


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2 Responses to Dave Gardner’s “Thank God It’s Monday” 26MAR12

  1. Nancy Wilson says:

    Perhaps if we took to heart “we are what we eat”, we simply would not condone conglomerations taking over the food industry with homogenized mentality for profit without informing the public what they are ingesting. Even more important, the basis of health is created by lifestyle changes that promote wholesome living at every level. Founder of the International Slow Food movement, Carlo Petrini says beautifully: “Slow Food unites the pleasure of food with responsibility, sustainability and harmony with nature.” (www.slowfood.com) This requires lifestyle changes from “fast, hurried, gobble it down-not knowing what’s in your food” to choosing organic, local unmodified food sources that also support the financial well being of local producers who are not “taken over” by the corporate machine.


  2. Outlaw lobbying of any kind! Nutrition and its affects physically, mentally, as well as spiritually, is far too important to be unduly influenced by business that’s only interested in the next big buck.

    I never eat anything packaged, or from fast-food restaurants. In fact, whenever I go to the farmer’s market for fresh vegetables and dairy products I’m amazed at how long they last. While a bag of salad greens is a slimy mush within a few days of opening, their “happy” equivalents grown in optimal conditions can last me weeks.

    Thank goodness for living in areas where organic community farms are thriving. I feel sorry for those who don’t have access to (or knowledge of) these resources.


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