Friday, January 8, 2010

More Reasons to Grow Your Own, Eat Local and Organic

Seems these days that every time I log on to the internet, I find more reasons to grow my own food, eat local food or choose organic.

I told you about the nasty "pink slime" that is added to ground beef earlier this week. And I must say, that nasty stuff really made me realize the importance of  not buying just any meat! I have been aware of this importance for a while now but a story like this really makes you think! We had hamburgers last night made from ground beef that came from "our cow". They were fabulous on organic buns with non-rBGH cheese and home made tomato jam. Yum... I knew where this cow came from, where and how it was butchered and still I could not help thinking about the pink slime... yuck...

Yesterday I read an article in the Huffington Post  about the contamination of 48% of all soda fountain machines with coliform bacteria... Do you know what coliform bacteria comes from? Feces... That's right... When I first started reading about this issue, I thought to myself.. well, I rarely drink soda fountain sodas because I avoid HFCS (high fructose corn syrup)... but every once in a while, I succumb to the icy cold temptation... But more often I get an ice water instead, but this water and ice is dispensed from the same machines! So from now on, I bring my own!

I am a big fan of the work of the Organic Consumers Association.  Check out their website and sign up for weekly newsletters. In the last year, the OCA has broadened my awareness and opened my eyes to issues that I had never even thought about!

Here is a list of questions to ask yourself from the folks at OCA:
Before You Pull out Your Wallet
  • Who profits from this sale?
  • Are you buying this product from a national chain, or buying locally from an independent business, coop, or family farm?
  • Where was this item grown or made?
  • How far did it travel?
  • Were farmers' or workers' rights protected?
  • Did the producer receive a living wage?
  • Is it certified organic or Fair Trade?
  • Is the company making or selling
    this item socially responsible?
  • Is this product genuinely ecological & healthy?
  • What would be an organic, local,
    and Fair Trade or Fair Made alternative?
 I invite you to think about where your food comes from and who handles it. This questioning takes extra effort and time, but isn't your health and the health of your family worth it?


Carol said...

Brava! I have a huge smile. Beth it is so good to find you here on blotanical. People so often think we are powerless over the huge machine that is ruining our lives and planet. The way we spend our money... what we buy can and does make all the difference in the world. I am a supporter of OCA. Now of course you do not want to just be singing to the choir. Things are getting better in ways. We have a very long way to go to overturn the horrid food industry. Call congress is what I tell folks ... put the number of your reps on your auto dial and call often. Great post!! Carol

Beth Molaro said...

We vote with our dollars and our voices... you are SO right about those calls to our representatives.. I find myself so much more active than I ever was... We can't make a change unless we speak out in all the ways available to us!