the stuff we eat

Monday, January 11, 2010

  • Side Note: This is my 150th blog post. My very first post was 2.5 years ago about RJ's modeling for Patagonia. It's fun to see that the 5 people who started reading the blog are the 5 that are still reading it. Thanks friends!
  • As stated on my Facebook status - Please go see the movie FOOD, INC. It's full of fantastic information that will change the way you eat. RJ and I are making a commitment to try and get 90% of our meat and produce from local, organic sources. Since the meat is going to be so much more expensive we'll be eating it much less (2-3 times per week). And we will now be easing seasonal fruits and veggies. No more blueberries from Mexico that were pumped full of crap to help them grow big and then ripened on a truck. 
  • Unfortunately our food system is so warped it is nearly impossible for those below the median income to eat healthy foods. You can't even a homemade burger for less money than a fast food one. Ridiculous! Those of us who have the means to make healthy choices need to step up (even if it means going with less meat in your diet or stretching your budget a bit more) and "vote" for changes in the food industry through the spending of each dollar. As the movie states, every dollar spent at the grocery store or at the famers' market is a vote. 
  • Because I'm so riled up about this issue I've been checking out different websites. Some are focused on the food industry and others just social causes in general but here a few recommendations: Take Part, Slow Food, and Me to We
  • The food subject is something I am so passionate about. I read (most of ) The Omnivores Dilemma a few years ago so much of the information in Food, Inc. wasn't new. But seeing the imagery, rather than just reading the words, struck me hard. It was enough to make anyone want to join PETA. I was tempted to find out if they had an omnivore's chapter. For those of us not yet ready to give up meat but sickened by the idea of eating a tortured chicken or cow. We are such a self centered society. So many Americans think they need meat everyday. I bet if every American gave up meat just once or twice a week we wouldn't need to "manufacture" chickens, we could raise them naturally for slaughter. On real feed, in real outdoor/indoor conditions, without genetically modifying their growth. 
  • Now, i know I'm no certified Aggie. And some of the (few) people who read this blog are. So I would love to get their (and your) opinion? What do you think about genetically modified crops and/or animals? Or, if you've seen the movie what are your thoughts? Thanks!


13 comments:

Stephanie said...

I love your blog!

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Jessica & Matthew said...

What a great post! I highly recommend Michael Pollan's 'In Defense of Food'--it's amazing! It really opens your eyes...

One day at at time... said...

yes!!! i am so with you! we go to the nevada county fair and support the kids & buy a 100% organic, PRIME animal to eat off for the year. this year we opted away from beef and bought a hog. it's hormone free, hand-fed, organic, farm raised, and stimulates the school program & supports local kids. plus, you never wonder what to make for dinner- the meat is bought for the year! we only spent a total of $600! you get everything from hams to sausage to bacon to stew meat. check out your local fair and hit it up this summer!
i'm wary of the new "fad" of organic. while i love it & want to choose it for my family- i don't want to pay top dollar for something that i can't verify. that's why we buy our meat this way. also, jordan hunts for fish, venison, pheasant & turkey, so our freezers are always full! eggs come from the neighbors, veggies from farmers market. it's a good way to go, and doesn't break the bank.

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