We know about food storage but what about food sourcing?
What we know about the Oceans
Mercury levels are constantly increasing. It is recommended that a pregnant woman eat no mare than two servings of light tuna in a week. The albacore, which is a much larger therefore containing higher levels of mercury can contain up to 12 times that amount.
I personally won’t touch anything out of the Pacific ocean thanks to the Japan’s inability to calm down Fukushima. The FDA claims we are well out of harms reach but with an enormous fishing industry staring them down what the hell else would they say?
Apart from the quality of most sea dwelling food we have fished pockets of the ocean to exhaustion and this is just as important as the radiation and heavy metals.
The farm raised fishes are controversial as well. When bringing a product to market is important to make the most profit possible. What does that mean for the quality of the fish coming from these farms. Do you think its much different from the meat pumped out of our factory style farms?
What we know about the breadbasket of the world
Much of the farmland in the Midwest has been raped of fertility and is more or less a sponge that takes in the myriad of chemicals we must use to feed the following years crop. These fertilizers pale in comparison to the pesticides it takes to protect the crop from the increasingly immune pests that threaten it.
What we know about our produce
The markets are filled with fruits and vegetables grown all over the continent and some beyond. We have no idea how they are being raised, who is raising them and what is happening during all that shipping time. We have seen the consequences of this process with e.coli and salmonella outbreaks. This doesn’t take into account the ever-growing levels of arsenic found in things like apples and rice.
In 2011, Consumer Reports released a study that analyzed 88 samples of apple and grape juice. The researchers found about 10% of the samples –including ones from well-known brands — had arsenic levels higher than 10 parts per billion.
So what do we eat?
Begin by creating two plans. The first being a realistic short term plan for increasing the amount of food you produce for yourself. Learn to cook. It’s so important. Make your own tomato sauce, dog treats, salsa and pasta. You can do it.
Second, create a long term plan towards self sufficiency and furthering your knowledge about the source of those products you cannot produce. Grow what you can and utilize the incredible growing resource in farmers markets to procure as much as you can afford. However, do not make everyone a hero at the farmers market. There still needs to be some research done on the smiling faces behind the booths with chalkboard signs. They could be just as bad.
The community garden is a great way for people with little land to source quality food. Its also a great way to meet your neighbors.
Orchards, chickens, goats and bushes are things that we have to push to become common place for those with the ability to keep and tend to such. localities all over are changing their tune to chickens raised at home.
One final tip
There are so many websites selling long term food storage. You got any idea where that product comes from before it is dried and shipped then packed and shipped to you? I just think we should know these things.
This is what ricocheted around in my head for some time. It’s the direction I am going. We know the faults in our food systems. What type of people would we be if we just turned a blind eye to our health and this world’s.