Hi hi Gwamma and all,
Lizzielou and bamabelle make very good points. The good news is that things are changing a bit. This is from memory, but I read somewhere that for every one farmers' market in the US in 1980, there are now 27. I'm not sure if any non-tech industry can say the same about growth. That Jaime guy showed the world about pink slime, and I think just about every grocery chain except Walmart took it out of their ground beef.
When I first started looking for foods with no weird additives, I just freaked out. Soy in canned tuna - wtf? And the ubiquitous sodium solution in whole chickens to plump them up and make you pay for water. And of course the chemicals. I find HFCS is present in almost anything you don't make from scratch, which means that if you want to stay "pure," there are basically no convenience foods. And the cans are all bpa lined. It's truly difficult to eat in a healthful manner here.
When I first started switching from CAFO to organic/pastured/wild foods, I freaked at the cost difference. But I flipped my perspective (so I wouldn't just flip out myself) and now I look at it like real food costs one thing and CAFO/fake food is half off.
"Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine