Originally Posted by CakeMommyTX
I for one am glad I live in a country where I can buy Ketchup that has a half-life of 5,000 years .
I went to school with a girl from S.Africa, she told me her father cried when he saw his first American grocery store.
Can you imagine a grown many crying because there was rows and rows of food all for the taking?
After years of going hungry and not being able to provide his family with basic nutrition here he was standing in an American grocery store crying over everything that some of you are turning your noses up at.
I'm just grateful that I can stock my pantry with canned soup, vegs and dried mixes, had I not we would have gone hungry for a 11days after Hurricane Ike because I had to throw out all my "fresh" food, no power no refrigeration, no meats, fine cheeses or anything else perishable.
I think it's great that we can have that food for back up, or occassionally when needed, but I think our country just relies too much on the "easy' and less healthful option a lot of times. To each their own, but I try to feed my family fresher foods and homemade foods as often as I can to avoid some of the preservatives. I just can't see how it would be healthy to eat everything prepackaged that is so preserved that it lasts for years. Case in point, my husband had month old store bought english muffins that he forgot out about and yup, he took them out and they were still "fresh." How on earth can month old bread not be nasty?!
I can't say I don't use any of the pre packaged store stuff in my cooking, but I try to minimize it. I do make all our treats/desserts/sweets from scratch.
We are a lucky country to have access to so much food. But I think the difference is that people are talking about shops in Europe, not Africa, where the food is just as plentiful, but it is fresher and not in mass supermarkets. Right?