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Do you know where your food comes from?
Have you done the proper research on the food you are feeding yourself and your family? Are you aware of the practices used to produce and ship the food that you consume?
Do you know what farm your meats come from? Do you have a relationships with the people that grow your produce?
Do you buy local?
My honest answer is no. And I definitely need to do more research into it, though it may make me paranoid to eat anything afterwards.
Yes, it is my business ( or profession) to know.......
Recalls of beef, orange juice, eggs, ......in many forms.........poultry.......so many cuts.......
I am charged with " knowing"...........
I would not offer my family any less than my "professional" abiltity.
Yes, I am aware.
Factory farming consumes large quantities of fuel and wastes resources. Modern industrial farming practices are inhumane to animals and damage the environment. Eating locally grown foods makes sense. read more
At our restaurant we strrive to make everything we can from local products. Chicken, beef, eggs, pork, cheeses, milk; pretty much all of our protein is produced locally. Even the tofu we get is produced by a local company.
We acquire as much local produce as possible as well. However, winter makes it difficult to keep local greens or vegetables in stock, menus must be altered to reflect what is available. If your favorite restaurant doesn't change its menu seasonally, it likely uses very little local produce.
Using local means you can vist farms and make sure that its up to the standard you desire. Not every thing can be local, fish is hard to come by in a state with no ocean border. Yet, each product you buy is required to tell you where it comes from, ut you will have to put th effort in (ie call) to see if the farm is something you want to deal with.
Why don't people use local products? They don't because it requires effort, where as picking up california strawberries in an east coast super market during February is easy.
Cost, from what I have encountered is a minimal issue. Our local meats are top quality and are actually cheaper than non-local meat of similar quality. Plus establishing a relationship with a CSA or a farmer means you will probably receive discounts for your patronage in the future. Of course, supporting local farmers also supports the local economy.
Yes a little.
Our eggs come from free range chickens says the egg box lable, but I have not researched it any further.
Our meat comes from a farm in Ontario where it is claimed to be slaughtered in a humane way. I don't know how would one slaughter a living being in a humane way.
Per household policy, we don't eat tuna (over-fished), discourage eating beef, and don't drink Shark fin soup.
I eat less red meat these days as I refuse to buy it at the supermarket, but what meat I eat is grass fed and hormone and anti biotic free. The same with chickens and eggs. I'm lucky to be able to buy from local small farms where I can shake hands with the people who care for the animals I am going to eat.
As for produce-- I buy local and in season and in winter use frozen or canned. It's a great way to live and really is not more expensive. It's better for me and better for the planet so why not?
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