In the last week, extraordinary things have happened to our food supply.
Coca Cola and PepsiCo agreed to alter their formulas in order to reduce the risk of a potentially cancer-causing caramel color in their product, Campbell's Soup announced they are kicking a hormone-disrupting chemical out of their soup cans, the USDA agreed to school lunch programs a choice around "pink slime" and 55 members of Congress sent a letter to the FDA calling for the labeling of biotech's genetically engineered ingredients - ingredients, not unlike "pink slime," that industry claims is safe.
And what is remarkable about all of these things is that these changes were driven by consumer demand - consumers flat out wanted the right to know what was going into their foods and beverages.
So here's a thought: thank them. All of them for stepping up and making these changes. Sure, it might have taken some time, but hop on their websites and send in an email. It won't take long. And an attitude of gratitude goes such a long way. For every voice that they hear, they recognize that there are dozens if not hundreds behind it.
Send a quick thank you to your local Congressman for being one of the 55 who sent a letter to the FDA calling for the labeling of genetically engineered foods.
Or if yours wasn't on the list, and you want to give them a heads up, you can find a link to who your state senator is right here.
Plug in your zip code (you probably already know this) and it will bring up the list of the entire delegation, from federal to local.
All you're doing is sending a little "thank you" note, or maybe a simple: "Hello. Like you, I am concerned about the health of my loved ones, our community and our food supply..."
Remember: Together, we can do this. Don't make the perfect the enemy of the good. A little gratitude can go a long way. And you may just begin an unlikely conversation (and find out that, like you, your local Congressmen has loved ones that might have allergies, diabetes, ADHD or cancer...).
Together, we can create a much-needed dialogue around restoring the health of our country.