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Does your chicken cluck?

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Yummm!

Yummm! Can’t wait for dinner.

Chicken is one of the world’s most popular sources of animal protein. With its versatility for being served hot or cold and adapted to thousands of different recipes, chicken is a diet staple around the world. In my world however, it’s shrinking fast. Last night we barbecued some boneless, skinless chicken breasts from a premium brand of so-called organic chicken and after I had two or three bites, I couldn’t eat any more. It’s now common practice for poultry producers to enhance their products with saline injections to plump up and moisten their products. The result is a mushy white substance that is easily separated with a fork, looks like a bread roll and leaks more liquid than the gash in the Titanic. Not appetizing.

I realize that as we Boomers age, our taste buds aren’t as sensitive as when we were young. Perhaps that’s why everything from fresh carrots to watermelon doesn’t seem to have the same intensity of taste we remember as kids. Our farming methods, genetically altered foods, chemical fertilizers and depleted soil conditions contribute to this but overall the makeup of our food chain is vastly different from what we grew up with. Combine this with the increased consumption of fats, sugars and salt in the food we buy, our pallets are challenged every day to appreciate the taste of natural foods.

A nice juicy steak no longer appeals to me. Chicken is becoming a less frequent menu choice. Fish is a tricky item to buy because we need to carefully research whether it is wild or farmed, local or from Asia, real or fake. Even traditional seafood supposedly caught and processed in the Maritimes is often farmed in Asia and processed in Canada which makes it a scary choice. Product labeling about the sources of our food can be misleading which often makes our food choices a crap shoot.

There's nothing better than locally grown organic veggies in season.

There’s nothing better than locally grown organic fruit and veggies in season.

Canadians love their local farmers’ markets. We pig-out (sorry for that analogy) on corn on the cob every summer when it’s in season (despite the fact corn is the most genetically altered food we consume); eat strawberries until we get hives and asparagus until no one will follow us into the bathroom. Tomatoes are now in season, soon to be followed by squash and all the lovely autumn root vegetables. There’s nothing better than combining a pot of fresh ingredients into a wonderful soup. But we’re still at the mercy of the farmers to use ethical methods and the retailers to offer quality local produce in season. I don’t object to genetically combining a plum and a peach to create a nectarine; what concerns me is the genetic tampering with our agricultural products to enable them to withstand high levels of pesticides and chemical fertilizers.

Is it coincidental that cancer now strikes one in five people at a time when our food chain is so manipulated by the big agribusinesses? The answer is beyond my simple brain, but I do know that I’m becoming increasingly more disillusioned with the meat and chicken that lands on my plate. I did splurge once for a grass-fed certified organic steak at Whole Foods but at $39.95 a pound I can’t make that part of my regular diet. I must say, though, the taste was amazing and far superior to our regular corn-fed supermarket variety.

Once upon a time, chicken actually tasted like chicken.

Once upon a time, chicken actually tasted like chicken.

Where’s the stringy, dry, overcooked, lean turkey and chicken I grew up with? It tasted like chicken; it looked like chicken and before my mother put it in the oven, it even clucked like a real chicken. Salt, sugar and other additives have hooked consumers on certain food choices but I’m becoming increasingly put off. There’s a lot of pressure on food producers to get back to the basics but I’m not optimistic I’ll see certified organic natural chicken, pork, fish or steak offered in my local supermarket at a reasonable price any time soon. In the meantime, while I still can, I’ll load up on the beans, beets and potatoes my Dad grew in his back yard, fertilized with his home-made compost. After that, who knows what we’re eating? But I do know that it sure doesn’t taste like it should. Buyer beware.

 

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Author: Lynda Davis

As an early Baby Boomer, born in 1947, it seems to me that as we approach our retirement years, Boomers have gone from being the energy driving our nation to slowly becoming invisible. We risk losing our identity as society remains stubbornly youth-centric. And the irony is that Gen Xers and Ys are not the majority; we are. BOOMERBROADcast is my platform for being the voice of Baby Boomers, women in particular. We've generated a lot of changes over the decades but there's still a long way to go. After a 40-year career in the corporate world, I've taken up expressing the observations and concerns of our generation. Instead of pounding the pavement in my bellbottoms with a cardboard sign, I'm pounding my laptop (I learned to type on a manual typewriter and old habits die hard). If you have issues or concerns you would like voiced or have comments on what I've voiced, I'd love to hear from you. We started breaking the rules in the sixties and now that we're in our sixties it's no time to become complacent. Hope you'll stay tuned and if you like BOOMERBROADcast, share it with your friends. Let's rock n' roll! If you would like to be notified whenever I publish a new posting, click on the little blue box in the lower right of your screen that says +Follow→ Lynda Davis

5 thoughts on “Does your chicken cluck?

  1. For the reasons you outline, Lynda, and others, I’ve been vegetarian for nearly 2 years…feel healthier.

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    • I could do the same – very easily – but I worry about getting enough protein and iron as I don’t like to take supplements. They’re often as suspect as meat. Glad to hear it’s working for you, especially in view of my feelings on animal rights. Thanks.  Lynda Davis Follow my blog at: http://www.boomerbroadcast.net Social commentary on life from a Boomer Broad’s perspective e-mail: lyndadavis1@yahoo.ca For further insights into the Boomer perspective on business, fashion, mind and body, order my new book, BOOMERBROADcast. It makes a great hostess, birthday or Christmas gift. Click on this link: http://www.lulu.com  or http://www.amazon.com

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  2. http://www.forksoverknives.com
    If you want to feel and look younger, go plant based.

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