Every mom knows the story "if you give a pig a pancake".. one decision
snowballed into a chain reaction of other decisions. This is my version:
If Natalie watches a documentary, she gets ideas about her food's origin.
The ideas trigger day dreams of living on a farm.
Day dreams lead to internet research
Internet research causes learning about local farmers.
Learning about CSA's is a reminder of where food comes from.
Unknown food origin sparks the interest in what are we eating.
An interest in what we eat prompts me to find a food documentary.
I always joke that whenever I watch a food documentary, I end up dreaming/researching/asking about moving to the county and living on a farm complete with cows, chickens and pigs. But ultimately, I wake up and realize HOW MUCH work would be involved. Living on a farm and tending to livestock isn't in my future. I mean, really? Could you imagine me living more than 10 miles from a Target or Starbucks? I don't think so.
Nonetheless, I am still deeply disturbed by the state of our food production in this country. My concerns boil down to basic journalism:: 5 w's.
WHO grew/raised it?
WHAT is in? Any preservatives or pesticides?
WHERE did it grow and travel far before I bought it?
WHY aren't more people aware of their options?
With the farm scenario out of the picture, I found local options for what I wanted. At first, the hubs complained. Even though he watched the documentaries with me, he didn't GET why I was so passionate about this particular topic.
And then the pink slime story broke in the media. If you don't know what that is, I highly recommend googling it and educating yourself. To say it's disturbing is an understatement.
But after that? The hubs was completely on board with my whole food-organic-farm raised-grain fed beef.
Lucky for me, I have family that raises cows that fit that criteria. I placed my order and bought half a cow. Yes. Half.A.Cow.
If you want to know what 200+ pounds of beef look like? Here it is. And don't let the picture fool you. There is three layers of frozen meet stacked in there.
|we have eaten at least 2 dinners a week out of this and still barely made a dent.|
This picture was taken with my iPhone.