Foo-o-od! Day 4 of No Impact Week
Didn’t get a chance to post yesterday, so there will be two blog posts today – Day 4 now, Day 5 later this evening.
Because of some food-related issues in our family, food and what’s in it has been a topic in our house for several years now. We don’t eat much in the way of over-processed/packaged foods. We don’t buy or eat foods made with artificial colors, flavors, preservatives or sweeteners. I make our bread, we make our own pastas, I buy stuff in bulk when I can, and we do a lot of our own cooking. Hubby takes his lunch to work everyday in a small cooler, and reuses the plastic bags that he wraps his food in. I’ve recently started looking at other options for him to wrap or contain his food that doesn’t involve using plastic bags – and still fit in the space of his lunchbox, but for now, reusing them at least keeps them out of landfills or oceans.
A few years back, we started getting our milk and cream from a local family-owned dairy that delivers – in glass bottles no less – every week. When we’ve finished a bottle of milk, we rinse the bottle and put it back in the dairy box. On delivery day, they take the empties back to the dairy, clean and sterilize them, and use them again. When the bottles are finally taken out of circulation (because they’ve chipped or cracked) they get sent to a local company who breaks them down and uses them in creating countertops. They don’t feed supplemental growth hormones to their cows, and they buy the feed and alfalfa hay from local providers. The milk tastes great, the cream is fantastic – and I’m happy knowing that my two kids aren’t getting unnecessary hormones in their milk.
We stopped purchasing only organic produce (whether fresh or frozen) after this happened: Walked up to the freezer section, pulled out a bag of frozen organic broccoli and on the back of the package it says Grown in China. What?! I live in Colorado, but I’m buying organic broccoli shipped from China?! That’s not a good choice – sure it was grown organically, but the carbon footprint of that 1-pound package of broccoli just increased by I don’t know how much… lots, to be sure. So I’ve been trying to buy from local growers when I can, and definitely buying organic for the Dirty Dozen. I looked at what produce is locally available in this season – apples, potatoes, and onions. Not a lot of variety – but purchasing only that which is grown locally and seasonally will certainly push me to make sure I get busy canning and preserving food during spring, summer, and early fall months so that we have some available for the colder months.