So, last night Jeff and I watched "Food, Inc.". A very disturbing but excellent documentary that is trying to encourage people to know where their food comes from. It was very eye opening about alot of things but, for me, especially about where our meat comes from and the process that it goes through from being a baby animal to being my dinner. We don't eat very much beef but we eat chicken very frequently. I usually purchase frozen chicken breasts that have no added hormones. Apparently, that isn't enough. I am now faced with some questions that I am really trying to think through....
- How much am I willing to pay for local, healthy, "properly" fed and butchered meat? ("Sorry your college fund isn't bigger Eli, hope you enjoyed the expensive chicken and beef.")
- How much additional time, effort, energy am I willing to spend to get better meat products over just buying fresh or frozen at the grocery store?
- Do I think it is that important or am I going to be satisfied with the efforts that we already make and not worry about it.
- Do I need to put more emphasis on finding meats that meet the standards that I think I am looking for or more emphasis on reducing the amount of meat in our diet?
- Where can I find local chicken that has not gone through a processing plant (I have found several local places for grass-fed beef but no luck with chicken)?
It makes me sad that we have gotten to this point, who decided that grocery stores full of mostly "fake" foods is best for us? Why does fake food taste so good (I am ashamed to admit that I am a big fan of artificial cheese flavored things)? I feel blessed that Jeff and I can afford to spend a little more on groceries for more healthy food but upset that money has to be a consideration when it comes to our health.
I'll keep you posted... don't really have any answers right now.