Eat Locally or Comfortably?
Growing up in the California 'burbs didn't really expose me to any particular hardships. It's only with age that I've come to realize how good I've had it. Here I live, on the edge of the desert, and I not only have easy access to water, but I can go to my local supermarket and buy freshwater salmon or blueberries, neither of which grow nearby. But recent news of tainted food additives from China and my own mental ruminations on the American food industry (based, in part on reading this excerpt from The Omnivore's Dilemma) has made me start considering more seriously the downside to my comfortable lifestyle, food-wise at least.
I know that it would be better for the environment (and probably our health) we'd live on local food (preferably heirloom varieties) organically grown on small farms. The truth is, though, that I'm not sure I'm willing to go far out of my comfort zone to do that. I do buy most of my produce from the local green grocer and I'm trying to cut down on the amount of processed foods we eat. But, honestly, I'm not sure I'm willing to completely give up bread and pasta, and organically grown eggs and meats are usually pretty expensive. Not to mention the fact that a purely local diet would require preparing almost everything from scratch, something I don't always have the time and energy to do.
I realize that it's people like me, unwilling to give up my cheap and easy eating habits, that are a big part of the problem. I selfishly place my own comfort above global concerns. All I can say is that I'm trying to do better.
That ends the 9th AW Blog Chain. Be sure to read all the posts:
- Virginia Lee @ I Ain't Dead Yet: So quit already!
- Cath Smith @ firstname.lastname@example.org: On Courage
- Andrea Peck @ hunt & peck: Comfort Zone
- TJ Writer @ Life, Writing, and Other Things: Brave New Adventures
- Niteowl @ Periodically.org: Comfort
- Gillian @ Food History: Blogging and comfort food
- Alan Sorum @ A View From the Waterfront: Food Security and Subsistence.
- Kelly M @ Organized Chaos: AW Blog Chain 9
- Williebee @ Williebee: Chains that find me
- Peggy @ The Road Less Traveled: here you are!