Passionate Human Being

Here’s a little detail about me: I am a passionate human being.

When I am excited about something (doesn’t take much really), or acquire a strong belief, pretty much everyone I come into contact will most likely hear about it.

“This nail polish is AMAZING. You have to try it. No really, you do.”

“Oh-my-gosh, yoga is the best work out ever…my body has never felt better…you have to come sometime.”

“I love my church. We give goats away. Wanna come?”

“Read this book, it’ll change your life!”

You get the point. I share. I pour my heart out. I voice my opinion.

[Side note: It’s kind of fun because my husband is the complete opposite. Perfect combo!]

Lately, you may have heard about the “pink slime” junk that the meat industry has been using as filler in beef products. If not, “pink slime” is a term that has been dubbed to describe scrap, inedible animal product, like sinew, cartilage, or cavity where the cow’s guts were, that has been processed and packaged to be used as meat filler in at least 70% of chopped meat products in America. Jamie Oliver, Chef & Food Revolutionist, compellingly explains the process in this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBkwUt-bqIo

Typically, this unwanted meat product is sold off to rendering plants which turn it into something like dog food, you know, because dogs have digestive systems that can actually digest it. What people in the food industry (i.e. chefs, butchers, restaurateurs, etc.) consider barely acceptable to feed animals, the meat industry, as well as the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), considers acceptable to serve in school lunches and to the general population.

I was not ok with that. Of course, I spoke my mind about it, along with many others. People stopped giving their money over for food that isn’t really food. Beef demand dropped. A lot. And you know what? Major beef processing companies got the hint. Beef Products, Inc. (BPI) closed 3 plants, and AFA Foods has begun filing bankruptcy due to the public’s response to “pink slime”.

I am passionate about a lot of things, and good quality, healthy food is only one of them. I shared a Yahoo article a few weeks ago on Facebook about this issue simply because I cared. I did not know that in such a short time the meat industry would be massively impacted. It wasn’t just me, obviously, but it was my voice combined with everybody else’s. It was my passion mixed up with somebody else’s passion, which created something powerful enough to budge a mountain.

We all have passions stirring up inside of us; substances that make us come alive. When we take hold of that, and nurture it, and LIVE it, we offer something genuine…we can change the world.

I am on a mission to actually live what I am passionate about.

What about you? What are you passionate about? Are you living your passion(s)?