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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Food for Thought

I have been thinking about how to set up my place come spring as far as pastures and pens and things for the different animals that will be there.  I'd like to make the best use of the pasture grass, and the small space, that I own. 

Janie's been reading Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan and discussing it with me quite a bit.  I am going to order a copy so I can read it myself.  It is an excellent resource for rotational pasture raising.  We have had many discussions on feed lots, grocery store foods, genetically modified foods, etc. and it's really starting to get under my skin.

I watched Super-Size Me (gross) and most recently ... The Future of Food ... and it has convinced me that I really need to make the effort to grow my own food and cut the food I buy from the grocery store to a minimum as soon as possible.  I can't go all-out immediately like I normally try to do with stuff (and fail miserably most of the time), so this will be a slow process.  But I am going to make the effort.  I do not like the way the animals are treated in the feedlots, and I do not agree with genetically modifying foods or all of the chemicals used in the majority of farming today.

There is a movie out now ... Food, Inc. ... which I hope to see very soon.

Like most Americans, I didn't think much about any of this, and if you were to ask me where food came from, I would have told you (tongue-in-cheek), "the grocery store."  However, over the last year or so, I have been scratching the surface of looking into where food really comes from, I couldn't be more grossed out, and couldn't feel any worse for the farmers out there who have been struggling to do things right.  They will be the ones that get my business.

Check into some of this.  If nothing else, it's great food for thought.



  1. Barbara Kingsolver's book "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle" pretty much blew my mind. Food, Inc. covers a lot of the same things, I think.

    The book is a report on her family's decision to eat only local food for a year. Lots to think about there!

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