We Love Fear by Jennifer Dewey

Agriculture – September 25, 2014

October is coming up and that means Halloween is right around the corner. Now I love Halloween. I love the pumpkins and the awesome decorations and the costumes. But you know what I don’t like? Being scared. I hate the fear that surrounds Halloween…

So why on Earth is it any different when it comes to our food? Every single day in this country, we are bombarded with fear. It has become more and more apparent to me that sensationalism must sell. I mean how else are these people still making money hand over first? Celebrities across the board regularly use the most outlandish examples in order to feed this need for fear. And people eat it up. Hook, line, and sinker… While

places like Time magazine have come back at us about how our pumpkin spiced lattes are nothing to fear. Look up the “chemical makeup” of an egg or a banana and tell me if you can pronounce everything in there. Our whole foods themselves are made up all sorts of different compounds.

The worst part about this whole thing is that the people we apparently trust are KNOWINGLY feeding us this fear. Recently Dr. Oz sat in front of a congressional panel, Senator Claire McCaskill “I don’t get why you need to say this stuff because you know its not true.” And Dr. Oz even ADMITS to lying. Even pop-culture outlets like Buzzfeed were reporting “Oz many times acknowledged products he told viewers to use are not scientifically supported and don’t have the research to be presented as fact.”

Life is busy, it is complicated. We are bombarded with all these mixed messages about our diet and what’s healthy and what’s not healthy. But just in case no one has ever told you before.. it’s okay to once in a while cook food that comes from a box. It’s okay to enjoy your pumpkin spiced latte once in a while. It’s totally okay to use your microwave to heat your kids a meal because you’ve been at work all day long. IT IS OKAY. Moderation is the key to life. Not fear. Let’s not make our already complicated lives even more complicated by buying into this fear. Let’s not work ourselves to death by trying to avoid the next big scare. Let’s give up this fear addiction. That may mean staying off the internet, not engaging on social media for one day a week, or shutting off the television once in a while. Set yourself free of this fear that seems to plague our society. Let’s remind ourselves that moderation is okay. Setting ourselves free of this fear does one thing… It lets us enjoy the things in life that really matter.

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