Today is Blog Action Day and World Food Day. As I reflected on what I should write about I thought about the comments I have gotten lately when I talk about what we are doing to reduce the impact of our food. The most common is 'I don't really want to know where my food comes from because I think it will scare me'. So true....because it will scare you.
We as a society spend a lot of time researching the car we want to buy, the school we will send our children to, we inspect houses before we buy them but we don't do any of this for the food we consume. The majority of people do not know where their food comes from. Sure they may read that little sticker and see the country of origin but that means very little in the grand scheme of things. You see that innocent sticker on your banana/cucumber/orange and see that it is from Peru/Argentina/Mexico and most likely don't really think about what that means. The transportation, different farming practices, wages and treatment of workers and the quality...oh the lack of quality. Not saying that goods from other regions can't be good but there is nothing compared to locally grown.Why do we continue to pay for goods from other regions when it is better for the environment and way tastier to buy local?
This year I have tried to focus on our food consumption. We found a local market that we love and who I feel comfortable asking questions to (he tractor tweets and everything!). We cut back on fast food, processed food, bought more organic and made more of our food from scratch. We looked at the quality of the food we were eating, looked at the impact of our food, I switched to almond milk (more on that later) and cut back on the amount of food waste we were producing. The only 2 things left to do are build a bigger backyard garden and find a local sustainable meat farmer.
What have you done to reduce your food footprint?
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