Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Share the Love: Unless Someone Like You Cares

"Unless someone like you cares a who awful lot, nothing is going to get better -- it's not." the Once-ler, The Lorax by Dr. Seuss 
So there I was silently sobbing during the last ten minutes of Dr. Seuss' The Lorax in the middle of a crowded, dark theater, my squirmy, dancing four year old perched next to me in his chair happily singing along with the last song.

I just couldn't hold the tears back as the all-animated {yes, cartoon!} cast of newly impassioned characters sang about letting the last seedling for the Truffula Tree grow and thrive in the middle of a town where plastic trees had replaced real live trees and air came freshly bottled much like bottled water does today.

Because it was just too real.

Honestly, I just couldn't hold back the tears because this animated film inspired by a Dr. Seuss book for kids was a lot more grounded in reality than most adult movies I've ever seen.

Now before you think I've lost my marbles, I've got to let you know that I'm grounded in the reality in which we live, too; I know we don't have plastic trees lining our neighborhood streets, and I know the thought seems absurd.

But so does having pink slime as an igrediant in hamburgers. As does adding cancer-causing coloring like caramel to soda pop. And so does adding wood pulp to chicken nuggets to help keep costs of food low.

And that's certainly the unfortunate reality in which we live.

So you see, I was crying because I've got to sing it, too; and I hope you don't mind, but we've got to let it grow.

Let what grow?

This idea that food should come from the ground and not a chemistry lab.

This idea that what we eat should eat the same food our grandparents ate, the same food our bodies were designed to eat and be nourished.

This idea that seeds shouldn't be genetically altered and cows shouldn't be pumped full of antibiotics or hormones and the beef in our tacos shouldn't have to be labeled as meat-like filling instead of just plain ground beef!

So, yes, we are a world away from having plastic tress and lawns and shrubs like are seen in The Lorax, but, you know, we're living in an interrelated reality where there are not enough people who know -- let alone care -- about what's actually going on inside our food.

The more I learn about the way big agriculture produces crops and tends to animals alike, the more impassioned I feel to become more like the person who cares about something as silly as real corn instead of bioengineered corn ... real trees instead of the plastic ones.

And in that passion of wanting to become more and more a person who feeds herself and her family and her friends real food and who supports the farmers, the companies who produce real food, the more I seem to recognize all those around me who seem happy with the plastic trees.

The residents of Thneedville didn't have a clue what they were missing -- the beauty and majesty of solid, tall tree trunks, the vibrant colors of leaves in full green and then clothed in shades of autumn.

And I think we're right there with them when it comes to food. We don't even know what we're missing or what's so wrong with the picture anymore.

This post was slated to be a review of Stonyfield Organics new YoKids Greek Yogurt, which I must say, my kids absolutely devoured.

And, which I must add, I was pleased with them devouring, as Stonyfield is a company whose products I've come to trust and adore -- made from real ingredients and milk from cows who have been pasture raised without the use of hormones and antibiotics and filler feed.

Generously, Stonyfield sent me coupons for the new YoKids Greek yogurts as well as two tickets to see The Lorax.

And, well, after seeing The Lorax, I caught a much bigger view of the bigger picture, and I couldn't just write a little old review saying how my oldest, who has claimed he no longer likes yogurt, scarfed his raspberry YoKids Greek yogurt in about five minutes flat, all while asking for seconds.

And I couldn't just comment about how I appreciate the extra protein of greek yogurt in my kids' diet as well as the real fruit ingredients used to flavor the yogurt.

I had to sing a little, too, about letting it grow -- about supporting small, local farmers, as Stonyfield does, and about how growing our bodies healthy and strong begins with growing healthy and strong crops and soil and animals.

Enough singing for me today, though, no?

Maybe you want to sing, too?

Stonyfield is kindly giving away one really, super awesome package to one reader including:
(2) 1 FREE 4-pack of Stonyfield YoKids Greek organic yogurt
(2) 1 FREE Yogurt 6-pack or Squeezers 8-pack of Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt

Two FREE tickets to see The Lorax with someone you want to sing or sob, as it may be, along with {or sit and watch quietly with dignity in the middle of a movie theater and watch the movie together}

1. To be entered, simply leave a comment here sharing one reason why you care a whole awful lot.
2. For a second entry, like Stonyfield Farm on Facebook.
3. For a third entry, leave another comment sharing HOW you care a whole awful lot about our health and our food on the Undercover Mother facebook page. {Mostly because I'm interested in hearing some practical ways we all put care into action!}

Please leave a comment for EACH one so as to be entered three separate times.

Giveaway open to U.S. residents who are 18 and older. Winner will be drawn using random.org and announced Friday, March 16. I was provided with the above gift package, but all opinion are passionately and 100 percent mine. Tuesdays around here are reserved for sponsored posts, reviews and giveaway for companies and artisans I love. Want to be featured? Send me an email! HyacynthWorth{at}yahoo{dot}com.