In regards to the additives and hormones introduced to our produce and goods in the last century, I want to bring up milk. Milk, in itself, is hard to preserve since it doesn't have a long expiration date to begin with and doesn't do well when being transported, but somehow, large companies still strive to make milk last as long as possible. Walking into the local Wal-Mart (I am not touching the subject of corporate monopoly with them) I notice several different options when it comes to milk.
We have two local dairies here (I live in Pennsylvania where we have an abundance of farm land and therefore cows) which both offer milk at the Wal-Mart. Then Wal-Mart has their own "Great-Value" milk. I used to work for one of the dairies and they have recently released their milk with a notification about a growth hormone (rBST to be exact). They caught some flack from the FDA over it.
To quote them, their containers and milk cap say this:
|From Cows Not Treated with Artificial Growth Hormones (rBST)|
FDA says no significant difference has been shown between milk derived from rBST treated and non-treated cows.
Essentially, you can take it for what it is, but if given the option, I'll drink untreated milk. I might just be lucky and have a good area to grow up in, but some companies do care about the public's well being. I worked for the company for quite a while and they were always fair. They have a profit margin just like every other company, but they have always put people first (if you need more examples of this, I'll be more than willing to supply it). I really just wanted to point out that everything bought in a store isn't bad for you. I even worked hand in hand with corporate to introduce healthier alternatives to food being supplied in the stores themselves and to make a better atmosphere for the customers (at the companies expense).
Now, I don't know that their milk is 100% safe, but I have been to the dairy themselves and nothing "strange" goes on there. My point being, do you really know what goes into any of the foods you buy?
Side Note: I know, as humans, we're not meant to drink other mammals' milk. I grew up on drinking it and love all dairy products overall, but I have limited to how much milk I take in. I can't say the same for cheese, however.