Here's an update on my 4/06/13 blog, "Healthy Food Resources".
* = updated resource
Here are some possibilities for healthy food resources, if you've made the committment to start eating real food.
My grocery stores near me have either little, or no, organic food, so I buy conventional Clean 15 when I can. If you have a Super Target near you, they DO have organic celery and organic apples, and a few other organic produce offerings. And ALDI's started carrying organic frozen berries, and just a couple other organic things.
Until I get a job and my own apt, I won't be able to join a CSA, container garden at home, or afford the gasoline to travel 50+ miles to get to regular organic sources.
Meanwhile, each news story just gets worse and worse and worse, and more disturbing, about what's in our food chain and what's in grocery store food. Yes manufactured food with white flour that contains alloxan that causes diabetes; and chemical food; and irradiated food; adulterated meats (meat glue); bread that lasts for weeks when homemade bread goes bad in few days; and nutritionless processed food, are all bad enough. And fresh produce that is supposed to be good for us containing dozens of toxins is disheartening. And the effects of genetically modified crops, frankenfish, and other food such as GMO corn, GMO sugar beets -- and cattle and chickens that have been fed GMO grains, are horrifying.
But some things you do NOT want to know, like aborted fetal cells; GMO human hybrid rice; and what's in pasteurized milk.
And speaking of milk, the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) have a petition before the FDA right now, to change the definition of milk so they can add artificial sweeteners, such as but not limited to aspartame, without labeling it as such.
"This is a clue to stop drinking processed milk and milk products altogether".
More and more, organic and 100% pasture-raised is becoming the ONLY way to go.
If you can grow and raise your own, and milk your own cow, I'm really quite happy for you, but the rest of us have to do something else.
In this increasing darkness, let's share some good news! If you don't know what these resources are, you can educate yourself by clicking on the links and reading about them.
Abundant Harvest Organics (Southern California only)
*American Community Garden Association
No yard? No problem! The ACGA deeply believes that by sharing a garden, you bind your life with those in your community and improves people’s lives. Search an interactive map of community gardens across the nation and find information about how you can start or join a community garden in your area.
Azure Standard - quality bulk and natural foods
Usually their organic fruits and vegetables are less expensive than conventional grocery store produce. And Azure is a wonderful place to get organic pantry staples.
Azure Standard -" how does it work?" blog
Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs)
Door to Door Organics
Eat Wild - a directory of US & Canadian farms for grass-fed meat and dairy products www.eatwild.com/products
Fresh Connect - Local, Organic, & Delivered
Oklahoma Food Co-op
*Pick Your Own
Find local farms that are open to the public for harvesting edibles such as apples, strawberries, pumpkins, peaches and more. Included are detailed guides on various types of food preservation.
UNFI - United Natural Foods International
What organic food co-ops, farm networks, or similar do you have available to you that I can list here? Leave it in comments and I'll update as we go.