Welcome to the third installment of eating local! Let's dive in.
"Each food item in a typical US meal has traveled an average of 1500 miles. "
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It is something that I have been trying to come to terms with over the years, with my weight struggles, and personal want to eat healthier, nutritionally better, food. I have struggled with how to incorporate my wants and needs, and I think that locavore, seasonal type eating is what fits me best. It addresses, for me, many of the values I need to honor and support.
I do not feel that giving up meat is necessary. Humans have consumed meat for thousands of years. Anthropologically, the change from Homo Erectus to Homo Sapien, including a tremendously larger brain size, is thought to be a direct result of increased protein consumption (read: meat).
There is also the unclear argument of environmental impact. The vegetarian camp says if we stop eating meat we will stop creating pollution in our environment related to the growth and slaughter and shipment of meat. The carnivore camp says that if we quit eating meat the planet will be overrun with explosive populations of animals. I see the validity to both arguments. For me the locavore movement solves both problems.
If I eat meat grown on a local farm, raised by a local farmer and butchered by a local butcher I am not contributing to the massive pollution created by huge feedlots and CAFO's (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations-if you don't know what a CAFO is you need to find out!!). I am also preventing an over population of animals.
I want to point out here that I am not anti-vegetarian in any way. It is just not the right path for me right now. I completely support, and do not judge, anyone on their personal diet choices. Other than the fact that I want you to consider eating more locally! Ha! I still wont judge you, though.
The world is a scary place today. We will, eventually, run out of fossil fuels to support the current status quo of food production, along with all the other personal and industrial uses of petroleum, worldwide. Our international "friendships" with other countries are being strained. Our economic situation, and reliance upon foreign oil, is a staggeringly huge problem, and is only likely to get worse. Realistically, US soil does not have enough oil available to us to combat this problem long term. Our only option is to find ways to decrease our petroleum usage.
|Like this...only with blueberries instead of raspberries.|
|Tonights dinner palette brought to you by the color orange....|