I went to Baltimore's Natural Food Products Expo East as a rep for U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance. Staff member Allison Garriga and fellow rep Jay Hill went, too.
First, there were the sessions we attended, like 'Vitamins and Supplements: Going Non-GMO', 'The Organic Center Presents: Combating Antibiotic Resistance', and 'The Plant-Based Foods Revolution: Sowing Seeds for Climate Friendly Eating.' In one, a panelist described conventional farms as 'concentration camps.' During the question and answer session, I said that I was a dairy farmer, and I knew a lot of farmers, and I didn't think it was fair to call farms concentration camps - because we're all trying to do our best for our animals and our farms. I then asked if they gave any advice to farmers who weren't organic farmers. He apologized for using the term, and said that in this conference he figured he was 'preaching to the choir'.
Next, there was the supplement trade show.
To be completely fair, I feel good mostly all of the time. (If I didn't, I'm sure I'd feel differently and would do and take anything in order to make myself feel good.) So that's what the supplement part of the trade show promised. Magic pills to cure every ill. One booth was even set up like an old drug store. You'll be healthier! Stronger! Better hair, skin, life! I left the area and told my friend, "We're all going to die! Where's the ice cream?"
I found it in the last section, the food trade show part.
Here, there were many kinds of wonderful ice cream (I had to sample them all to be fair), beef jerky, fermented drinks, vegetable noodles, dates, some things that didn't look super appetizing ...
But the product that most got my attention was the bacterial spray.
I know what you're thinking. Everyone knows about anti-bacterial spray! No. This is BACTERIAL spray, as in, you spray bacteria on you. It's Mother Dirt, and their site says it is for "replacing essential bacteria lost by modern hygiene and lifestyles."
The farming lifestyle gives you tons of opportunities to pick up lots of bacteria! I feel like we're all set with manure and dirt. I'd say we have enough to go around.
Just in case, though, I brought my products home. There's shampoo! Lotion! Cleanser! If ever I feel too clean, I'll spray some on. In the meantime though, the bacteria at the barn is calling me.
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