I was posting on my weight loss blog today and one of my blogger friends asked why we made everything from scratch. "Was it a philosophy of life or is it just because you like to have it all self made?", she asked. I began to explain that here in the U.S. we have one of the lowest food CPIs but our food was total garbage and even it was on the rise. Our meat is raised on concrete farms where the cow stands hoof deep in manure and never sees a blade of grass and certainly doesn't eat it. Once our meat is slaughtered it is then soaked in ammonia to kill all the bacteria that has taken over the animal due to poor care at the mass farms. This technique has made it possible to save the scrap portions that had previously been rated for dog food and now they are made into hamburgers for all our favorite fast food restaurants, including our children's school lunches! Think I'm making this up? You can read for yourself here, here, and here. Unfortunately it doesn't stop there. Our bread has zero nutrients when they are done with it and has to be fortified just to have half the nutrients of fresh ground wheat bread. Our milk is tainted with antibiotics and rBGH and then pasteurized to kill all the bad bacteria present, again, due to poor care for the animals. The sad part is the the pasteurization process kills all the good bacteria that is beneficial to we humans who drink it. So basically we are drinking a product that does us little good. And the list goes on....
|Raw milk from our local farm.|
|Notice she is a free range cow able to eat grass at her leisure and is not hooked up to a milking machine for hours on end.|
Most people have one of two opinions. The first is "I don't even want to know. It taste good and that's all I care about". The second is "What am I supposed to do, quit my job and learn to make, grow, and raise everything myself?"
I don't think either of those positions are correct. I understand we live in a modern world and most people would not want to live the farm life. That doesn't mean you deserve to eat ammonia soaked, feces filled meat, contaminated veggies, and chicken filled with so many hormones to grow larger birds in a shorter amount of time that they can only take a few steps before their legs give out and they fall! We have a right to fresh, safe, nutrient-dense food!
|A pork shoulder roast from the local butcher.|
|Cooking the roast in the rotisserie to make pulled pork for dinner.|
|This is the amount of fresh produce Racey & I got in one day for volunteering at our farmers market co-op.|
|Dehydrating pineapple for trail mix, pizza topping, or just to snack.|
|McClane was fussing at me for taking pictures of him making butter from the cream off our fresh milk.|