Monday, May 17, 2010

Why another food blog???

My husband and I watched Food, Inc. several months ago. If you have not seen it yet - RENT IT.

10 things you can do to change our food system
1. Stop drinking sodas and other sweetened beverages
2. Eat at home instead of eating out.
3. Support the passage of laws requiring chain restaurants to post calorie information on the menus and menu boards.
4. Tell schools to stop selling sodas, junk food and sport drinks.
5. Meatless Mondays - Go without meat one day a week.
6. Buy organic or sustainable food with little or no pesticides.
7. Protect family farms; visit your local farmer's marker.
8. Make a point to know where your food comes from - READ LABELS.
9. Tell Congress that food safety is important to you.
10. Demand job protections for farm workers and food processors, ensuring fair wages and other protections.

Before watching Food, Inc. my husband and I could not tell you where our meat was coming from. We could not tell anything about the food that we were eating. We knew that it had hormones but were not willing to go and spend extra money on Organic Meat from Whole Foods.

Do you know where your food comes from?
Do you know if your food has been altered with additives, chemicals or most importantly hormones?
Are you not able or willing to spend extra money on Organic grass feed meat?

These are some important questions we all need to answer.

When I was pregnant with our 2nd son our midwife suggested looking into local farmers for our meat and eggs. We found J&J Farms in New Castle who raises his animals on an Amish farm. The cows, chickens and pigs roam freely. There is no over crowding. There is no giving hormone shots. They roam freely.

Check out Local Farmers! I can honestly tell you that his meat prices are cheaper than Whole Foods and some items are even cheaper that WalMart meats.

We are just getting involved in a food share program. Even though the food share is just beginning I can tell we are going to enjoy this! If you have not heard about food share and would like more information I can help you find a food share in your area.

Last week like I said we had our first food share pick up. We got a bag of spinach, spring salad mix, 2 heads of lettuce, chives (flowers still attached), radish, and a bunch of asparagus. As the season goes on the more variety we will get each week. We also had our choice of fresh herbs, which was all included.
Moral of this post - GO LOCAL!!!!!

Educate yourself in conditions of the animals in the meat farms...

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