My husband and I watched a documentary on the state of food production in America and I must say it has totally changed my outlook on how need to feed our family. My husband, who rarely has an opinion on most things like this, went ballistic on what we found out and what we don’t know or aren’t allowed to know. We had already begun transitioning to mostly whole foods and organic otherwise. However, this documentary really opened our eyes to much more that we could be doing. Specifically my husband was extremely bothered by the issue with GMOs. This has prompted much research and sadly even more disappointment in our government than we already had, if that’s possible. We just want to take a more active role in providing the best for our family. Are you concerned about this in your family? If so, what measures do you take to stay away from the harmful things that are put into most food?
Britney, I hear you and I hate what the food supply has become. We cannot afford to eat organic for everything, but we do make sure our milk, eggs and the vegetables that are considered pesticide ridden are organic. I try and buy grass fed local beef and poultry that has no antibiotics or hormones. We eat a lot less meat than we did and we make nearly all our meals from scratch. I bake cakes, cookies, bread and our dinners, pizza etc from scratch – if I cannot pronounce the ingredient or if an item has a list of ingredients that I don’t know or more than 3-4 then I don’t use it. There is hardly any non gm corn in this country anymore, which is such a shame, so I buy organic corn and those are the things I do. We leave a lot of the luxury non necessary items out of our diet so we can afford more wholesome choices, and that is it. I recommend reading labels and buying organic where you can, grow some of your own veg if you are able, and get back into baking. I am so grateful my mother taught me all those skills when I was young. The food supply is awful, and we all need to try and protect ourselves from the harmful things. However, as it is so expensive, and many people cannot afford organic, i say pick and choose what you buy and make it yourself, then you know what is in it. Linda
I hear you too about trying to eat organic! I’m trying to grow our vegetables for the summer but other than that I usually buy form Azure Standard. They have reasonable prices and have sales every month.
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Which documentary did you watch – Food, Inc.? We are very concerned and careful about this in our house as well! Since the GMO’s are so concerning to you (as they are to us as well) think whole foods. If it has a label you’ve stepped away from whole foods. Which is fine of course but that’s a step. So then read the label. If the list is long it’s probably way too far from whole so skip it. If it has ingredients you couldn’t identify in nature then it’s far from whole foods. Learn the food labeling lingo (like enriched flour doesn’t mean it’s better like it sounds. It’s way over-processed). Look for “all natural” on things but still read the label. That can be deceptive. Some companies are starting to put “no gmo’s” on their packaging. That’s helpful! There’s so much that can be said on this subject! What we have done is to move as far from processed and as close to whole foods as we can as we’ve become more educated on the subject, as well as more adept at looking out for certain things (like food packaging that makes a health claim). It is a process so just learn and make decisions on the new information. There is a lot more reading and watching you can do. Michael Pollan has a few books out, all great. If you want a quick read, Food Rules is good. Mark Bittman is an expert on all this. Fast Food Nation (is a book and a film) was eye-opening. There are others but I’m drawing a blank. If you have stores like Earth Fare, Trader Joe’s, and/or Whole Foods you can learn a lot going to them and their websites. (I have found Earth Fare to be more strict on what they will sell. They even have a document of a list of ingredients they won’t allow in the store which I found helpful because it helped me to know what to avoid in products no matter where I was shopping. If you buy quality whole foods and really limit processed food you can do it more economically. (We don’t shop at Earth Fare but got educated there. It’s a fun place to go shop for food though if you can do it – or want to splurge a little!)
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Yes, dmccall3, it was Food Inc. Although I have differing opinions on some of the things mentioned in the film ,it was very eye opening and I left very disgusted with the way our government handles our food supply. I was brought to tears for the farmers interviewed in that film. All in all it has made me work harder in providing quality food for my family. I am thankful my husband watched because he was dumbfounded. I’m just looking to glean info from your families that I can use in my home so we can stay away from harmful things in our food. I’m taking notes!
We have the same concerns and are blessed to live on over 12 acres of land. SO we now milk our own Jersey cows, getting over 10 gallons a day of the best milk you’ve ever tasted. We also have chickens. I make most of our dairy products…butter, cheeses, kefir, etc. I’ve milled my grains for years and make everything from bread to cookies. Both of our cavles born this year were bulls so they’ll go in the freezer. A friend raises a hog (this year 2) for us that is totally on pasture and milk from our cows. We’re doing our own pastured broilers this year as well. I have pastured beef, lamb, chicken and pork in the freezer. A greenhouse is next on our list. I RARELY go to the grocery store. I mean, almost never! It’s wonderful!! I make my own laundry detergent, tooth powder, and deodorant. I do Bread Beckers co-op for our organic grains and Frontier co-op for many other things. Azure Standard doesn’t come here…I wish they did. I could go on and on but basically we try to eat as close to what God gave us as possible. And we are trying to learn skills that our forefathers and mothers did as second nature. I don’t like the term “self-sufficiency” but prefer “prudence and personal responsibility.” Whatever you call it, we are trying to have more of it.
Robin, our milkman who delivered the milk to our home in England always brought us fresh Jersey Milk, there is nothing like it and it is very common back home. I am glad you are enjoying the rich creamy taste over here. I am so encouraged when I read the posts and see how many people are being thoughtful about being prudent and trying to live in a more sensible and moderate way – I was recently reading a book about life in the UK during the Second World War and the the rationing of clothing and food and gasoline that went on for the duration of the war and for some time after it ended. Those women (like my mum and grandparents) knew how to manage on virtually nothing and make meals out of things that today people would throw away. It was humbling to read and remember those days. Even growing up in the UK in the late 50s and early 60s the war was not that far away and life was still very hard but I was never hungry, mum made everything from our garden or from scratch with limited things to buy and made all our clothes and knitted things – nothing was bought or wasted, socks were darned not thrown out. We had no heating except in the living room, but we were happy as clams and had freedoms that are long gone today. I am trying hard to return to some of those values, because personally I don’t believe that plenty has made us all better people, if anything I think it has made us more selfish as peoples in the world. I want my girls to know how to do the things that are really important and our food supply and making the best of fresh and wholesome food is vital in that. Our supermarkets today are toxic waste dumps and you really have to search for wholesome items. It is very sad. So ladies, I am gratified and glad that so many are considering these things. Linda
We were talking about this last night. We’re in the middle of reading On the Banks of Plum Creek and we stopped and talked about how, when the Ingalls family moved into their new house, Ma took old sheets and made curtains. She trimmed them with strips from Carrie’s dress that had been ruined. On and on it went describing how Ma made the house a home by reusing and redoing. We’ve lost so much…we have become so disconnected with where our basic needs come from and in that disconnect, we have given away our most basic liberties. Now it’s against the law for me to sell, or even give away, wonderful, wholesome milk! I can do something stupid like a “cow-share” conctract, so that’s what we do. I’m so encouraged when I see more and more people waking up and stepping up to reclaim their God-given responsibility to provide the best for their families.
Yes we have lost way too much and along the way have lost the skills needed to take care of ourselves, or at least a lot of people have. The girls and I decided a few weeks ago, that we are going to pick a week and we are going to live that week lke they would have in war torn Britain. We will use the same amount of rations, not use any item that was not around at that time, and just generally try and get a feel for life then and by doing that we will see how far we have come away from those days. People then were leaner and fitter and they judged purchases only by need and not by want. Even the poorest person in this country and my own is not poor, they just think they are – but oh so not true. I remember walking around the slums of Bombay many years ago (now Mumbai) and I was horrified at how people lived – I will never forget those images. I am never going to suggest life was 100% better during the 40s and 50s in Britain – but people certainly expected less and were happy and content to save for things and they had skills that many today could only dream of. Perhaps the world problems will make a new generation go back to the basics and see a new light – be happy with less and make do with more. Linda
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