Friday, March 13, 2009

Hear me, Oprah!

Did you see the Oprah Winfrey show the other day, when three celebrity chefs visited families that basically threw money at the problem of cooking meals at home? One family bought virtually everything from the frozen food aisle in the supermarket. Another spent lavishly to have meals delivered -- more than $51 on dinner for two.

The celebrity chefs, including Cat Cora and Tyler Perry, showed the families how to buy food for far less and prepare delicious meals at home. But there was no mention of the quality of the ingredients or how the chicken, pork and so forth had been raised; of whether the poultry and meats were filled with antibiotics or growth hormones.

Of course, the pan-roasted, jerk-flavored pork chops looked and tasted great, but did the family eating them know pigs received more antibiotics than any other animal raised for human consumption? The problem with eating animals raised on antibiotics is the growing human resistance to antibiotics prescribed by doctors. The silence on this subject by the celebrity chefs and Oprah -- and the general silence of most food writing -- is why I started this blog.

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