So I’ve been reading The Omnivore’s Dilemma (and prior to that I read Julia’s Kitchen). I’m on a food kick.
The book is hard to read without wanting to make serious changes in the way I eat. Actually, it’s hard to read and not want to make changes in the way we all eat.
A few thoughts I’ve had since starting it…
Eating factory farmed meats, milks, and eggs is just not worth it. I don’t care how much more those things cost from a smaller or local farm (organic won’t do it…lots of organic is factory farmed too). If I have to eat less eggs, but make them count, that’s what I’ll do. The real cost of those items: in taxpayer subsidies, in environmental destruction, in the way they feed and medicate the animals. It’s just disgusting.
There is information about dairy here. If you are looking for grocery store milk, there are some major dairy producers (Clover, Whole Foods, Sunnyside Farms) that are good about purchasing their organic milk from smaller, family farms. Clover and Sunnyside are also relatively local if you live in Northern California.
I splurged and bought organic eggs from farmers market last weekend. For $5 a dozen, the eggs were huge (jumbo actually), I needed to use less of them in recipes, and they taste awesome. Also, $5 a week on eggs isn’t really all that insane. And I’d really like to get some chickens now that we are back in town, so hopefully that will offset that cost.
Eat Wild has maps that will help you find grass-fed meat, eggs and dairy.
Another thing that’s come up for me so far is why I ever started eating processed corn again (high fructose corn syrup, primarily). I cut it out for a few months last year and felt so so much healthier. It’s in almost everything processed, so it really forces you to eat more whole foods. And that’s probably not a bad thing. The Washington Post wrote a short article on why corn syrup is as bad for the environment as it is for your body.
I’m sure I will find more to say about all of this, but that’s a start…