Saturday, June 26, 2010

Hope (for Food)?

Greensboro Farmers Market
Originally uploaded by Farrell
As some of you know, we have become vegetarians of sorts. However, this lifestyle choice did not arise from any new-founded distaste, at least not in the traditional sense. Our hybrid vegetarianism is the result of all the information we have discovered, through various means, about the food industry and the truth about not just how our meat is raised, produced, and distributed, but also our fruits, vegetables, and the false cornucopia of foods that line our grocery shelves. The food industry is just as corrupt as all other industry, receiving little to no regulation: the line between industry and government is non-existent as regulators and companies continually switch employees and employers. Unfortunately, this earth-shattering news is slow to spread due to the tightly drawn "iron veil" that lies between the food industry and consumers, which hides all the misdeeds, culminating in the exploitation of animals, their employees, and, of course, "us" the consumers. And yet, today brought a great deal of hope. Not because we got my parents to buy some organic foods and local, grass fed beef from Earthfare, which was inspiring in and of itself, but because when we went to the local Farmer's Market (as per usual during the summer) we were confronted with something amazing. It seemed as though almost every stall was advertising "organic", "no pesticides", or something of that nature. What's more, there were even local farms selling their locally grown, pastured steaks, ground beef, chicken, and all other kinds of meat. It was fantastic! Morevoer, it was encouraging to see some sort of transparency (or, rather communication) returning between the farmer and the consumer. If you want to know how McDaniel's Farm raised, feed, slaughtered, and brought his meat to market, well, all you have to do is ask. Take a look at the pictures and see for yourself. Oh, and please, if you want to lift the veil between you and your food watch Food, inc. and/or The Future of Food (full version). Of course, if you have any trouble you can always try renting these documentaries from Netflix or some other video store.

Until Next Time,
Jessica (and Farrell)

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