There are a lot of news headlines about our “food supply” these days. Between labeling GMO’s and the dangers of raw milk to the “pink slime” in your burger or the fact that pizza is considered a veggie for school kids you’d think that our food system here in the US is broken.
Ummm…you might be right.
I could go on and on with facts, figures and statistics about the rate of obesity in our nation and the decline of health over the last 25 years. It wouldn’t take me long to tell you how many “food recalls” and illnesses have been attributed to factory farms; e-coli tainted cantaloupe or alfalfa sprouts. It would be easy to link up with YouTube and show you horrific ‘undercover’ videos of cruelty and disgusting conditions in CAFO’s.
The number’s, videos and testimonies really don’t matter. Well, they do…but it’s not the point. The point is, that one of the most important things in your life, food, is being produced, handled and distributed by someone you don’t know, in a place you’ve never been, with practices you know nothing about.
Why would you ever trust one of your most important needs to someone you don’t know?!
Doesn’t it make more sense to purchase your food from a farmer you know and a farm you’ve seen? Especially in today’s environment of pesticide use, GMO’s, herbicide use and tainted produce!
Knowing your farmer is easy too! Between Farmers Market and CSA’s its simple to acquire the majority of your food from people you know. LocalHarvest.org is a great resource for finding local providers of fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy and grains! Or visit your local farmers market and talk to the farmers there!
*shameless plug* OR…if you’re local, consider signing up for BeeWench Farm’s CSA!