I am so totally re-inspired

Last year I read both “In Defense of Food” and “The Ominvore’s Dilema” by Michael Pollan and had an epiphany of sort about food.  The quality of our food both in terms of nutritional value and enjoyment and the ethics of getting our food suddenly seemed more important than just the basic idea of getting the most for the buck.  Never again would I look at a “frugal” shopping site where mom buys a ton of cheap, crappy food for $35 a week and think “wow, I wish I could do that”.

Then, of course, reality sneaks in and my shopping and menu planning get swept aside as I try to balance all the different parts of my life.  But this morning I read something that so inspired me to start thinking about food quality again:  “ I saw a rat roasting in Peanuts Plant

All I can say is “ewwwwwwwwwwwwwww!”

4 thoughts on “I am so totally re-inspired

  1. This is why we have been slowly shifting to not only buying from local farmers, but to raising and growing as much of our own food as possible. It seems like it would be so much more expensive, so hard for a large family, but it hasn’t been that bad. Also, we’ve noticed that although the price of standard food has gone up considerably, organics and locally grown have only gone up a little, so while they are still more expensive, the difference isn’t so great anymore.

    We spend roughly $600 a month during non-major holiday months, including organic, raw milk from a local farm, meats from a local butcher with meats raised in our area, about half and half organic and locally produced fruits and vegetables along with the standard fare, other groceries, chicken feed, toilet paper, diapers, wipes, paper towels, cleaning supplies and toiletries. That works out to about$2.46-2.47 a day per person in our family of eight. For everything. That’s not bad, really.

    Even so, I am trying to find ways to reduce our costs, but not the quality. I’m starting to think that eating anything other than almond butter and hazelnut butter, both of which can be grown and made here is foolish. We have a food processor, so it’s not like it’s some unbearably hard task.

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