My husband and I were in Manhattan last week and had a few free hours so we decided to see the documentary, The Biggest Little Farm (it just landed in the movie theatres in May this year). Did you happen to see it?
Having a huge interest in what’s on the end of my fork (and yours), I was naturally excited to see it, and it didn’t disappoint. It gave me hope for the future of our planet. It inspired me to do better with my vegetable garden (maybe I’ll become the ‘GG’, the Gardening Grandma!!). It made me want to promote its message. And, I believe it may help us all save this planet.
If you think your whole fruits, vegetables, meats, chicken and eggs are good for you…that may be only partially true. They are certainly better than the ubiquitous processed, chemicalized junk food available everywhere. But……..
You see, in the West, our business model of ‘profit comes first’ has been aspiring to outsmart Mother Nature by growing animals and plants in an unsustainable way ultimately harming all living beings on this Planet. That totally scares me, and I hope you feel the same way..
Crops grown many years ago were richer in vitamins and minerals then they are today. The nutrition in our food supply has been severely diminished because of the use of pesticides and unnatural fertilizers; lack of crop rotation; and tinkering with the genetics of our crops to get higher yields and bigger individual fruits and vegetables.1
Animals grown for food are inoculated with hormones and antibiotics, kept in prisons called ‘feed lots’ or cages, and fed garbage. The CAFO’s (Confined Animal Feeding Operation), or large-scale animal operations produce over 50% of the animals you eat, and are huge polluters of our air and water supply.2
- Typically, the animals are inhumanely slaughtered before being brought to market for human consumption.
- The stress on the animal from this way of farming doesn’t go unnoticed. It’s in every bite of meat, chicken, or egg you eat. You are literally eating their stress, the digestion of their unnatural junk food, and the hormones and antibiotics they consume.
- Bottom line is that the meat you eat from animals raised this way is not healthy and negatively impacts your well-being.
So, how do you know where your food came from let alone how it was raised?
Here are some tips to get you started toward healthier eating:
- Buy local
- Buy organic, free-range, grass-fed, wild-caught whenever possible
- Support your local farmers’ market
- Consider joining a CSA (search for them on Yelp in your area)
- Dig in the dirt and start your own garden either in containers or using raised beds (it’s easier than you think)
See you at the farmers’ market??