Sunday, September 22, 2013
I've had a really hard time shopping lately. I know that we talk with our dollars, but also have to watch every dollar spent so we don't starve by the end of the month.
I'm trying to be eco-conscious with my food, trying to not have a lot of pesticides go into my children's bodies and make sure that any creature I'm going to eat has had a decent life before they become my meal.
I've been having more and more organic foods as I can afford them and there are a few things that I make sure are organic every day despite the higher cost. I know where my cow comes from, I saw it on the farm before I decided to make it my dinner for the year.
I'm making more vegan and vegetarian meals.
I'm still conflicted.
I can't afford to completely go organic, but I also don't like that it harms the Earth and my body so much every time I decide to eat something that is full of pesticides. I want the planet to be in better shape for my children and (hopefully) grandchildren when they come to live here. I remember when people picketed to stop pollution and wanted the planet to be a friendlier place for us, but it doesn't seem to have gotten any better, if anything it's worse.
If you don't know how corporate farms work, watch any documentary about how our food is produced. It's not your grandparent's farm.
I've cut back my spending for corporate farms dramatically, but have not been able to completely cut them out of my home. I've gardened and know I'll have a better garden next year to last me the whole year instead of just the summer.
I can't just stop eating, but the more I learn about how our food is produced, the less I want to shop at the store. I don't have the right funds to shop at a farm or I'd just bulk up during the appropriate season and can or freeze everything.
I'd like to think I'm doing better than I was a year ago, but I just don't feel like I'm doing enough. I suppose that nearing half of my plate with non-corporate farm items is better than not at all, but I just know I can do more.
I'm discovering more and more choices in the stores that fit my needs, even if most of them are more expensive, but I suppose that good food is worth it in the long run. I just have to be able to fit it all into my budget.
I'll just have to do more research and move ahead with new knowledge instead of dwelling on what I can do right now. I never thought I'd grow up to be one of those hippie types that I saw all the time as a kid.
Today's Holidays: Autumnal Equinox: First Day of Fall (Northern Hemisphere, it's Spring in the Southern Hemisphere), Elephant Appreciation Day, Hobbit Day (Happy Birthday Bilbo and Frodo), Business Woman's Day and National Ice Cream Cone Day.