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So where does your food come from, anyway? by mrsteabag on 30 April 2009 5:13pm
 
bIG's last comment on the swine flu thread set the wheels in motion. Where does your food come from, and how does it get from there to your table, anyway? I'm reading Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon. Her thesis is that the problem with today's food supply is how it's being processed--for example, dairy products here in the US are routinely pasturized,and the problem with that is that the temperatures are so high that it causes the fat molecules to turn to plastic, as with margarine.
I'm taking a shot at gardening again this summer. I don't buy from the farmer around the corner due to some personal conflicts (long story). I have one neighbor who does grass fed beef, and up the road we have natural poultry. We buy from them when possible, but still have to resort to trips to the supermarket. This just bugs me.
 
Re: So where does your food come from, anyway? by mrsthing on 30 April 2009 10:33pm
 
I just don't have the right kind of land for raising crops (steep, rocky hill, mostly shade). I can grow green beans and tomatoes on my deck, and get some things at my local farmers' market in season. There's usually a guy there selling grass fed beef--at three times the supermarket prices!

Becoming a true locavore is going to take time. I can't afford $12/pound (less than half a kilo) for hamburger.
 
Re: So where does your food come from, anyway? by Lounge Trekker on 1 May 2009 5:37am
 
We are at the far end of the food highway. I'm trying to grow as much as I can regardless of the reality of never being self sufficient. And I'm not trying to maximize the calories I can grow. It must be fun for me to make it worth the work.

Most of our vegetables come from California, but we can get anything, all year from the southern hemisphere. Meat products can be found locally but the most economical for us to buy come from Alberta. I try not to buy that force-fed, chemically-boosted stuff.

If purchased in a supermarket the seafood could be from anywhere on the globe. I never buy seafood from a supermarket preferring to either try to get it myself or from a local fisherman.

Lounge Diner
 
Re: So where does your food come from, anyway? by peripatetically on 1 May 2009 12:37pm
 
Your supermarket should know the source of their seafood and also their produce. We don't buy seafood from certain places either. And because it can change from time to time, we always ask. Anything in a carton, like crab meat, is marked. But living right at the Chesapeake Bay, ocean and many rivers and lakes is very beneficial. Lots of seafood can be acquired from locals who can tell you EXACTLY where they obtained what they sell. Which creek or from which oyster bed, etc. But, Pete, you are right: It's always best fresh from the fisherman. Yum!
 
Re: So where does your food come from, anyway? by kazzzz on 1 May 2009 12:40pm
 
I don't know so much Patty, I was in Cromer Norfolk several years ago where they're famous for the Cromewr crab, a delicacy. I bought some and my aunt and I had them, she became soo ill she almost died. I was fine, no adverse effects at all.
 
Re: So where does your food come from, anyway? by mrsthing on 1 May 2009 1:09pm
 
Our local fishermen don't sell here, as far as I know. They all go down to NYC. Maybe if I ask at the lobster pound, they can tell me who's got fresh fish to sell on the QT.

I rarely buy farm-raised fish anymore, because they're loaded up with growth hormones and dyes, and they swim in the same polluted water as the wild fish. Sometimes the farm fish escape, and they're wreaking havoc among wild populations. I know fish is very good for me, but the fishing industry is so much more effed up than the poultry or beef industry.
 
Re: So where does your food come from, anyway? by peripatetically on 1 May 2009 1:13pm
 
The only fish I eat is tuna and salmon, and not much of the latter. Now give me shellfish. That's what I call good eating! The fresher, the better! And the more local the better, which goes without saying!
 
Re: So where does your food come from, anyway? by mrsthing on 1 May 2009 8:40pm
 
Tuna has mercury--not a lot; just the amount the FDA has said is okay.

Scary thought.

I like shellfish, too, but you know what? Those giant scallops aren't really scallops--they're skate!
 
Re: So where does your food come from, anyway? by Ken Dunn on 1 May 2009 8:56pm
 
Mostly Tesco!?
 
Re: So where does your food come from, anyway? by Spursfan on 1 May 2009 10:24pm
 
Oh Ken! You beat me to it! I was going to say ASDA!!

:)
 
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