Do We Know What We Eat?

Winter is a perfect time for reading. Snowstorms slow work down around the farm and give us time to plan, read, and learn. I think I’ve mentioned before that I have been reading a lot. I read the Lancaster Farming each week, books on the practical aspects of grazing, and books on why to eat and raise grass-fed beef.

A large part of the reason I am on this journey is because I want to know where my food is coming from.   You might think this is fairly simple to achieve, but tracking where the ingredients in a lot of our food originates from has become a very complex trail. I want to know that what I am eating is healthy (highly nutritious without additives or antibiotics), local and sustainable, and humanely treated. When you start delving into where our food comes from, it is very difficult to ignore what is wrong about our food system today; highly processed foods, poorly treated animals, the over use of corn in our diets.   So, next time you go to the super market, think about what you are eating. Where does it come from? What ingredients are in it?  What farmer has worked hard to help put that food on your table?

If you are interested in hearing what the next generation has to say about where our food comes from check out this kid’s TEDx Talk.  In just 5 minutes, he gives a great overview of our food system today.

“At a TEDx event, 11-year-old Birke Baehr presents his take on a major source of our food — far-away and less-than-picturesque industrial farms. Keeping farms out of sight promotes a rosy, unreal picture of big-box agriculture, he argues, as he outlines the case to green and localize food production.”

If you are interest in something a little longer and more focused on cooking healthy foods, check out Michael Pollan’s new series on Netflix, Cooked.  The show is based on Pollan’s book and delves into why we cook the way we do.  Expect to salivate a bit as you watch.  A show about good food can only make you hungry.

Check out a description of the show at This New Netflix Documentary Will Inspire You to Make Dinner.

Happy Cooking!

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