Posted Under: Slow food
The origins of my food has become somewhat of an obsession with me over recent months. I seem to find myself constantly examining the packaging for the location of every item. I shop with a CSA for my fruit and vegetables which guarantees that I know for a fact that this comes from a certified organic farm about 12 miles from my house. I know my milk is organic and comes from around 50 miles away. The rest of it can be a mystery. Produce of California could mean anything up to a thousand miles. My steaks say they are the produce of Canada, Mexico and the United States which I gather means that they could be from any of those 3 countries but I am a little suspicious why they can’t be more specific. I am fortunate enough to live 2 miles from the ocean yet my supermarket fish counter has stuff from Suriname, Thailand, Vietnam in fact almost never anything from 2 miles away. It seems like we have completely lost the connection to our food. Not only do we not know where it comes from but we also have no idea what has been added to it, from pesticides, to growth hormones to antibiotics we are not provided with much info at all. I make sure my kids get as much USDA stamped organic food as I can buy locally. At least that way I can be guaranteed that their food is as close to nature as possible. We are already seeing the effects that tampering of our food produces from early puberty to food allergies and a host of other health problems. We need to be more aware of the food we put in ours and our childrens bodies. It just makes sense.