Monday, April 22, 2013

My Green Journey - Part 2

Do you know my green journey?  Probably not entirely.  I'm sure that if you have been reading here for any length of time you will know bits and pieces, but you probably don't know the whole thing.  I decided that it would be fun to share, and also to write out for my own benefit!  You can find part 1 here


After watching Frontier House, I would love to say that everything changed for me.  Unfortunately that is not the case.  I thought it was really interesting to see these people creating a life from nothing, being dependent on the land and what was around them rather than relying on the grocery store every week.  To see people make something from practically nothing was incredibly encouraging.  

When the show came to a close I went back to my accounting and economics classes, going out to eat every other day, buying whatever electronics I could get my hand on, and generally not conserving anything.  I didn’t even attempt recycling.  I was completely at odds with the environment, and could have cared less.

Fast forward several years.  It is now 2007 and we are in the process of remodeling – extensively (wait, I think we can still say we are in that category!).  We were eating a lot of frozen meals and getting a lot of takeout – which, if you have been reading here for any length of time, you would realize that this was not a happy time for me.  I love cooking, and not eating decent food for weeks at a time was just gross.

About this time a lot of recalls on food started.  Spinach had e. coli, peanut butter had salmonella – and the one that really got me was a recall on organic baby food because of fear of botulism contamination.  The spinach was what was on the news the most, but when I saw that organic food was also at risk, I knew that I needed to change my thinking on food and how safe it actually was.

Stay tuned for more of my green journey!

Do you have a green journey story you would like to share?  I would love you to leave a link in the comments to posts you have written, or even leave a comment about your green journey.  What put you on the path you are currently on?

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6 comments:

  1. Frozen meals really are gross. Except for one. That Stouffer's mac and cheese is really tasty. I stay away from it now but in high school I used to eat that one all the time as a snack!

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    1. I do love that mac and cheese too...but I definitely don't eat it as often as I used to!

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  2. I remember that spinach recall like it was yesterday. Sad to say it was the first of many biggies that scared me!

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    1. Up until that point I honestly never questioned our food security. Surely our country was keeping its food sources safe. Unfortunately, I think when things are on such a large scale, like they are nowadays, you just can't be certain that there won't be contamination. But I think we are all working in the right direction to try to buy directly from farmers and local markets.

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  3. It does seem that the safety of our food supply has deteriorated over the past few years.
    I do have to agree with Lisa, Stouffers Mac & Cheese is THE best! Can't remember the last time I had it though! LOL!!

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  4. It's so scary when even organic food isn't safe! Really makes you want to grow every single bit of food you and your family eats.

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