I feel like we have been in food crisis at our house for months.
Celiac, aside, our grocery bills are soaring and our options are diminishing, and I blame it on Michael Pollan. Do you know him? The author of The Omnivore's Dilemma.
It changed my life.
If you are not familiar, let me bring you up to speed. Regular man tries to find out where his beef comes from. Uncovers all kinds of horrors about the food industry. Enlightens readers on how NOT to support mega-industrial food production. It made me not question why one would pay $9.99/lb for chicken breast. Or $4.50 for a dozen eggs. However, I am going to have to get a job to support our new eating habits.
What also happened is it made me question each and every thing that is going into my body, and my family's bodies. What are these mysterious ingredients? Did you know that our favorite sausage contained MSG? And that you can buy deli meat without nitrates? did you know your deli meat probably had nitrates in it?
The other thing it did is make me mad that we actually have to pay MORE to have less added to our food. Strawberries without pesticides are about 2x the price of regular strawberries. All beef hot dogs? Way more than those with nitrates, additives and MSG.
While I offer no solution, I can only offer that it is a new way of thinking about food, and what you are willing to pay for. Local? Organic? Pesticide Free? Free Range? Cage Free? Horomone Free? Antibiotic Free? Pastured?
It adds a new layer of keeping healthy to parenting.