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!