I posted a video blog the other day about the local food systems that have been started in Austin, TX. I think that there are some excellent model examples within the video that we can all learn from.
As many of you know that follow this blog, I am a big promoter of local foods. I believe in the system of knowing your farmer and having an open working relationship with them. I don’t think it matters if it’s the vegetables you buy or the milk you drink. Knowing the who, what, where, when and how of food production is crucial to getting the healthiest food for you and your family.
Yesterdays blog about the media coverage of Agriculture and food production showed just how limited our exposure is when it comes to food. Knowing your food isn’t just about the recipes, it’s all about the ingredients you put into the recipes.
Some people who read this blog are vegans or vegetarians, I understand your concerns over how meat is grown. It concerns me as well. But do you take the same amount of consideration into knowing how your veggies are grown, harvested and shipped?
Local topics of conversation lately have just hit the growing price concerns over meat. Unfortunately, most people do not pay attention to anything unless it’s right in their own neighborhoods. The southwest region of the US has seen massive drought conditions that have caused the national head count, reported recently by the USDA NASS report, to have hit a low not seen since 1952.
My personal opinion on beef is a little bit different. Yes, I do feel horrible for the cattle ranchers in that region and I do understand that many of them are losing the only way of life they have ever know. My opinion is that maybe now, farmers and ranchers will actually get paid a decent price for the food they produce.
If you want high quality meat and are willing to pay a fair market price to a local farmer, then please do so. Knowing and seeing how animals are raised and cared for should be part of your food choice conversations and THAT isn’t something your local supermarket can generally tell you.