How to ensure we are purchasing from local farmers.
January 23, 2012 4:09 PM Subscribe
After watching Food Inc.
how can my girlfriend and I ensure we are purchasing the right stuff?
posted by cassini to Food & Drink (15 answers total) 26 users marked this as a favorite
My girlfriend and I recently watched Food Inc.
and it's scared the heck out of us. Growing up around and helping on various farms myself I was never on board with buying organic or free range anything. Yet seeing that film made me feel uncomfortable with the state our food industry has reached. I feel very conflicted and on the edge of "conspiracy theorist" bug-nutty town.
At any rate we've decided to try to purchase from local farmers whenever we can and try to buy things that are in season. One line from the film really stuck with me in that every time you purchase something from the grocery store you are essentially voting for more of that product. We've found a local meat supplier that farms their own meat and are going to try purchasing in bulk and freezing it.
However what of everything else? We always try to eat lots of fruits and vegetables but I'm not adverse to buying snacks like chips, pop tarts, ritz crackers, etc. I know most of the "Organic" food lines are owned by the larger companies we'd like to avoid (Like Kashi being owned by Kellogs). Which ones are legit and which ones aren't?
How elaborate is this ruse? How far down the rabbit hole should I go?