Two ways that my husband proved we are soul mates today:
1) He is currently in Washington, D.C., on a student trip for spring break (lucky!), and today he told me that they were going to the Holocaust Museum. Being a total history nerd, especially for WWII history, I was quite jealous. (I also realized after I hung up that I told him to “have fun” at the Holocaust Museum. Which was not the best thing to say. Perhaps I should say “have a day of reflection, depression, and resolve?”).
Anyways, later he called me and told me that I got a gift from the Holocaust Museum – two books on the Holocaust (one on consciousness and how people were able to convert to Nazism and group think so easily, and another on Nazi propaganda). He said he felt bad that I wasn’t able to come with.
And then I realized that my husband bought me two academic books on topics that he knew I would like from a museum of genocide. He knows me so well. I heart him.
2) He called me this evening while I was nursing Frankie and when I answered the phone, I told him to shush because I was watching Diane Sawyer’s report on the disgusting pink slime inside ground beef. And then he told me that not only is he watching the same thing, but that he was calling to tell me about it. Sigh.
Is it possible for love and marriage to be based on activist and research? Cause I think ours is.
He was actually calling to tell me not to buy any beef except organic, grass-fed beef. The report was eye opening. I’ve heard of such things before, and knew that most processed meat was not good, but my lack of funding forced me to buy the cheaper stuff. Lately, I’ve been revisiting some of the literature and research on food that I’ve read before, and I really want to detoxify our lives. And beef is definitely a great place to start.
Pink slime is basically this nasty crap leftover after processing beef that the FDA says is OK to eat. The stuff that used to get thrown out is now processed, washed with ammonia (!), and then frozen into chunks and added as filler to beef. And, according to the report, there’s no way to tell what has this filler and what doesn’t – over 70% does and we don’t know it.
What’s more disturbing is that several scientists working for the FDA told them that pink slime is not safe, but the FDA (in cahoots with the beef industry) ignored them. As my hubby pointed out, according to this logic, what’s the point of having science and research at all? Let’s just go back to using leaches and witch burnings as a means of curing disease, and assuming the world is flat. Why bother with things with logic and reason? Let’s have the corporations decide!
Luckily for us, I’ve found a local beef provider at our local organic food store (Food Fantasies) that costs $5.99/lb. Yes, this is more than our $3.99/lb on average Meijer beef, but it’s local, grass-fed, and organic. And seriously, I’ll pay $3 a week extra to avoid the slime. However, I’m starting to rethink my monthly craving of a cheeseburger, and what about meat sauce in pasta? And my occasional Taco Bell? I’m not even sure Taco Bell contains actual meat! Will this make me a vegetarian when I eat out? Or will my treats become even more spaced out? Dude, sometimes knowledge is not a good thing, because I love me some Taco Bell crunchy tacos.
Here’s the video. Watch it with someone you love.