Friday, February 19, 2010
Food: Fast, Good, or Cheap
I used to work at and advertising agency and our clients always wanted the work we did to be fast, good, and cheap. We used to tell them, “you can have it fast and good, or you can have it good and cheap, or you can have it fast and cheap but you can’t have it fast, good, and cheap.” I believe it’s true with everything in life.
Most of our food today is fast and cheap so what does that say about its quality? It’s not good! And it’s killing us. I’ve recently watched 3 documentaries that have really reinforced this:
You can watch Super Size Me on hulu.com for free. If you have a Netflix account you can watch Food Inc. and King Corn on Netflix streaming. You can rent them from itunes.com too.
I knew a lot of the things I saw in these films but seeing it all on screen gave me the extra motivation to make more changes in the way my family eats, now. I can’t bear to support such a corrupt system and I’m very concerned about losing our freedom. And I want to eat good food.
If you want good food you’ll have to decide if you’re going to pay for it with time or money.
If you need it fast and convenient, you’ll have to pay for it with money. My family does this by purchasing our produce from a local CSA, Klesick Family Farm. It is definitely more expensive than typical grocery store produce but it is organic, sustainably produced and it is really, really good. Google CSA in your town to find some alternatives to the grocery store in your area. I received my first order this week from a local, online, home delivery, grocery store, Spud.com. More than 50% of their products are locally produced and 50% of them are organic. It is a lot more expensive than the grocery store. I have to rewire my thinking on this. Yes I could get triple the stuff for the same amount of money at the grocery store but it won’t be good and do I really need that much food? We suffer from overabundance. Most of us eat too much. Paying more for my food means I buy less, making me appreciate it more and it’s difficult to overeat. If you want good, fast, food you’ll probably have to stop buying something else so you’ll have more money for good food. As you begin to eat better you’ll notice you don’t have to spend as much money on medicine and doctor’s. I’ve discovered I can give up foundation (make-up) if I eat good lettuce regularly. (I swear it makes my complexion smooth and blemish free!) I’m sure there are more ways that eating well can pay for itself. Check out the Eat Well Guide for more alternatives to the grocery store.
If you want your food cheap, you’ll have to pay for it with time. You’ll need to plant a garden and learn to save and store food. You may want to start raising some chickens, bees, goats, or cows. You’ll need a big freezer. Learn to bake and cook. If it can’t be made at home you probably shouldn’t be eating it anyway. Check out the Slow Food Movement.
My family does some of this and I hope to eventually produce or trade for all of our own food. I have experimented with bread baking but I don’t have a wheat grinder and I want whole wheat bread. I’m working on an arrangement with one of my friends to buy homemade bread from her. I hope to begin making homemade pasta and salad dressing and then I’ll offer to trade or sell it to my friends. One of my friends is going to start raising chickens and keep bees and I will be able to buy eggs and honey from her.
It’s important to me to feed my family good food so I’m paying for it with time and money. What will you do?
Here is some more food for thought. I haven’t read most of these yet but I plan too.
The Farmer's Wife Guide To Growing A Great Garden And Eating From It, Too!: Storing, Freezing, and Cooking Your Own Vegetables
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