Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Learning How To Eat Better

This past weekend my husband and I decided to try out Netflix. One of the movies we were able to watch immediately was "Food, INC." I have read Michael Pollan's "The Omnivore's Dilemma" so I knew what we were in for; however, this was my husband's first introduction to this type of food expose. We had just decided, earlier that week, not to join a CSA because it was "too expensive."

I sent in our check to the CSA within 48 hours of watching "Food, INC."

I think the most disturbing part of the movie for me (SPOILER ALERT) is the story of the mother whose 2 1/2 year old son died from being infected with E Coli found in ground beef he ate. My son is 21 months old and last week millions and millions of eggs were recalled for salmonella.

We decided it is time to change the way we eat.

Our first priority is to find as much local food as possible so we can know WHERE our food comes from. We joined a CSA (we are splitting a share with my sister), which will provide our produce and eggs and hopefully some other things, too. We already have a source for grass fed beef in Arizona (it's about 4 hours from us), but we're also going to check out a few local butchers. We are ordering our breakfast meats from a butcher in my hometown in Michigan (because I know the family personally).

Finding poultry is posing somewhat of an issue. Organic poultry is VERY expensive so we are coming to the realization that meat is going to be making less (and smaller) appearances on our plates. I picked up Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything Vegetarian at the library.

This is a huge step for us and I'm very excited that my husband is behind this 100%!

3 Thoughts From Others:

melody said...

Uggh... I should really watch that, but I'm already nervous enough! I have a cousin who almost died from e.coli when she was 4 or 5. (She heads off to college this month.)

The Campbell Family said...

what is a CSA?

Camille said...

Melody's cousin was struck by the same strain of e. coli as the little boy in the movie and from the same thing -- eating a hamburger. Thankfully, she survived!

CSA stands for "Community Supported Agriculture". Basically it's a shared farm. We purchase a "share" in the farm and each week we get an equal share of whatever is being harvested. We bought a Fall share, which runs from Sept until December. I've seen them cost anywhere from $25/week to $45/week. Our share feeds 4-6 people so we're splitting it with my sister.

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