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3 Responses to Ethics, A Budget, and Your Taste Buds: Pick Your Pleasure

  1. Kelly  

    It’s so hard to find the balance between being totally oblivious and then encountering that avalanche of information and atrocity that really can be paralyzing. I think one of my biggest fears about going with the ‘easy’ choice (which I do, often) is that I’ll move back into that realm of oblivious – I want to stick my fingers in my ears and sing LALALA when I drive through a fast food place or grab a non fairtrade coffee/chocolate/sugar etc. But guilt – while it’s helpful at times – really can’t be the motivator. As much as I truly do need the outrage, I need the family fun of visiting the farm, the incredible taste experience of local produce, the satisfaction of growing a few of my own foods…it’s a stronger foundation both to build and come back to.

    I like the idea of making meat a side dish – for my family of carnivores it’s almost always the main meal but over the past few years we’ve been sourcing more carefully and finally gotten to the point this year where we’re buying straight from farmers and this fall harvest will have our supply for the next 6 months if nto longer. I would certainly add convenience as a plus to that!

    Learning how to can, preserve and dry food have also been among my priorities – not always easy to find the time but so worth taking advantage of the low prices of in season produce (in our all too short Canadian growing season!) – and there’s nothing quite so satisfying as eating that stuff in the winter – knowing you did it yourself.

    I guess in all that I would add to your very wise advice that one person can only do so much to take your time. I get so impatient with myself sometimes as my actions do not keep pace with my knowledge consumption. But then I can look back to 3 years ago and we are so beyond different in our food consumption that it’s almost laughable things could change so much. And yet still that far from being perfect. So I’ll go along with that follow your heart and do what you can mantra, along with a when you can thrown in there.

    Love the conversation Emily and apologies for this beast of a comment! 🙂

  2. Sheila  

    Oh, man, I am in the same boat! I joke that food can be cheap, convenient, healthy, OR delicious, but it can never be all of the above. I dream of an app that can keep track of all my boycotts for me, but it’s not like I can afford to choose anyway. Palm oil from Liberia is helping reconstruct a war-battered nation and lift peasants out of poverty, while palm oil from Sumatra is contributing to deforestation, destruction of forest-dwellers’ livelihoods, and destroying the habitat of the Sumatran tiger. How the heck am I supposed to know where my palm oil comes from? I read about peasant farmers being driven off their land and their houses burned in Laos in order for megacorporations to grow sugarcane … but sugar from beets is GMO, honey isn’t really honey, I heard coconut sugar competes with coconut oil production, and I can’t afford real maple syrup! I’m trying to just eat less sweets, but that’s hard. 😛

    FYI, you should fry in refined coconut oil or pastured lard. Anything else will probably kill you. 😉

  3. Carol@itsbaby.com

    Great post here! I really like the fact about the vegetable oil. HaHa! I agree with you to use vegetable oil. I like coconut oil, too. I use it for almost everything but thanks for all these great tips and making us aware of what goes on with our foods.