After the girls went to sleep last night I watched the movie Food, Inc. I was overwhelmed. Having seen movies about food production before I made the decision not to watch this movie because I thought there was little I could learn.
I was wrong.
The girls and I shop at a Farmer's Market at least once a week and most weeks visit two. We are lucky enough to live in an area that values quality over quantity when it comes to food. Our local Saturday market has been running since 1973. We have many options for CSA. All but Walmart and Target carry milk produced in a town less than a 30 minute drive from our house (even Kroger). We are members of a local co-op that carries and labels foods grown within a 200 mile range. All of these options are wonderful.
We still have changes to make. I try to keep our food costs down by purchasing meats from the traditional grocery store. That will be the first change we make. To offset the costs we will need to start buying our chickens whole and cutting them up ourselves. From the bones and leftover meat we will make our own stock. And we will need to eat less meat.
Please take an evening to watch Food, Inc. and see if there are some changes you can make to your diet. One of the best messages I was able to take away from the film is that my dollars are my vote. And I am going to be a little more selective with my votes these days.