Wednesday, August 11, 2010
I was just listening to the radio and heard that Red Lobster is trying to revolutionize the way people eat lobster by farm raising it. Apparently farm raising lobster has been tried numerous times before, but it's impossible to do since lobsters have to be in a pretty vast environment because they attack one another and need to eat a vast quantity of food. But with over 700 carneous chains and the oil spill in the Gulf putting a wrench in their business, Red Lobster is looking at different ways to bring out the Seafood Lover in you. Someone called into the program and said that Red Lobster already farms pretty much all of the fish they use in a plant in FL. Caller said it is a 3 week process of the farming and then it's shipped to the restaurant. But not all the fish is farmed. The fish that they advertise as being fresh, apparently is fresh. Listening to this got me really thinking about the things that I eat. I've made a real conscious effort to prepare my meals at home so I can control what goes in to it. But for years I lived on dining out - it was how I kept social with friends and as a "foodie" in the making I loved trying new foods at different restaurants. I would rarely eat at chains, but I did nevertheless. And when I wasn't dining out I was eating those skillet meals in a bag that all you basically have to do is heat up. I'm just thinking about all the processed food that I've eaten over the years and the possible damage that it did to my body. Kinda scary. I've cut out dining at most chain restaurants with the exception of Chipotle because of their environmentally sound practices. But the place is (or was) owned by McDonald's and corporations by virtue of being corporations lie to consumers. But I think in order to be good to myself and to the environment I need to eat more foods that are local and prepared by me in my kitchen.
What are your thoughts?