My food journey, as I like to call it, was born out of the 2006 spinach recalls. When I first started hearing about the potential of e. coli in spinach that I would buy from the market, I immediately panicked. I mean, people were dying because of this. And many more were sick and in the hospital. It didn’t make sense to me, food safety was something I had always assumed was in place. But then, my eyes were opened to the entire agribusiness of the US, and how it operates.
Recently I have been more inclined to buy veggies at the grocery store. There were a couple years where I would only get veggies from the farm, and then fill in with grains/beans/pastas, but my diet has evolved even more to include mainly vegetables and fruits, ie not as local of a diet as I would prefer.
I have no idea what the answer is to all of this.
I try to vote with my food dollars. I am a member of two wonderful CSA shares
, I buy food from our co-op and farmers’ market, I try to grow my own and preserve as much as I can (it isn’t much, unfortunately), but I find that in the winter I am constantly buying more and more fresh veggies. . I definitely follow the dirty dozen and clean fifteen. I try not to buy organic produced in other countries, I don’t buy strawberries in January (even though I want to!). I tend to not buy things that I know that I can grow or get locally while in season.
I guess my largest struggle is the desire to eat a plant based diet, and then also to eat a local diet. I don’t know how to do both, at least not in the current climate that I live in. Perhaps getting more than one winter share from our CSA farm would help, although eating roasted veggies and soup all the time does tend to get old after a while.
Maybe I need to look at it from a different angle. I should be thankful with all the choice that I have available to me. If I am sick one week, or don’t want to cook, I can easily buy something from the grocery store, life doesn’t stop that way. Whereas 100 years ago, that wouldn’t have been an option, and I would have eaten what I had preserved and be happy about it.
I think that food is such a personal choice, and I know that not everyone wants to eat a local diet, and not everyone struggles with the same food issues that I have. I am just throwing my thoughts out there to see what others do. But, the recalls are something that really bother me. I am concerned about what my kids eat, will it be something that makes them sick? How can I teach them good food habits if I don’t include certain foods due to their availability in my area. Will they be damaged if they never eat rice, and only eat potatoes (totally being sarcastic here)?
I guess that I need to be more serious about producing my own food.
That seems to be the thing that I always come back to. Well, you could just grow more green beans this year for the freezer, you can buy more tomatoes and have them canned and ready to go, you can find a local source of winter squash and then store them.”
Do you struggle with opposing food philosophies? How do you determine whether the food you are buying is truly safe?
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