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Why You Must Know Where Your Food Comes From

horse-faceI’ve often written about how important it is to know where your food comes from.

How important it is to grow what you can, to buy locally so you know your provider, and wherever possible source direct from the producer.

An article from the BBC this weekend brings this home in a particularly different way.

See it seems like some of the more broadly sold prepackaged burger patties are about half beef.

The other half?  Filler, including horse meat.  30% horse meat in fact.

Now horse meat is actually eaten in many places, and that in itself isn’t the problem.

The problem is that these patties are being advertised as beef patties, but they aren’t.

This is just another example, one of many, of commercial producers cutting corners and devaluing the product they sell you, and in some cases flat out misrepresenting the product.

If you knew that the ‘honey topping’ you were buying was corn syrup with food coloring and actually had no honey at all, would you still buy it?

Would you still buy that bag of frozen burger patties if you knew that it was 30% horse meat?

What about beef that was “cleaned” with ammonia because it was teeming with e-coli?

How about produce that comes from Mexico, the source of countless food related illnesses?

The glorious McRib sandwich?  Made from pig innards treated with chemicals.  Yum.  Don’t see that in the advertised ingredients, do you.

The list goes on.

If you are fully informed, and you choose to buy something, great.

But hiding what’s in your food, making it look tasty, and hoping you buy it anyways sounds like something a dishonest used car salesman would do with a wrecked car fresh out of a flood zone.

Not for me, thank you.

No, I choose to know where my food comes from as much as possible.  And so should you.

Grow your own food as much as possible.

Buy local as much as possible.  Direct from the farmer is even better.

Barter with your neighbors.

Buy from local coops that source food from regional farms with good solid track records.

Don’t buy the franken foods they’re selling you.

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5 Responses to Why You Must Know Where Your Food Comes From

    • Yeah, I’ve actually heard horse meat isn’t all that bad. But of course that was just the trigger for the post….

  1. Your post had perfect timing for me. Yesterday I watched Vegucated (http://www.getvegucated.com/). It is scary what has happened to farming, and how many products in the supermarket aren’t really food at all.

    I started canning last year and making my own condiments. It’s amazing how much better things taste, and how much better I feel knowing what is in what I’m eating.

  2. Yes! My goal for 2013 is to eat primarily from my own homestead. I know I will be slowly building to this, so will have to eat bought foods some. Also, I intend to be more deliberate in havesting as we hike in the locals woods~ these are pesticide/ fertilizer-free zones :)

  3. “Franken foods”…ewww! I agree 100% with your article and think we should know where our food comes from. We belong to an organic co-op, and are lucky to live in an area with lots of local organic farms and dairies. Am toying with the idea of doing some container gardening this year; we’ll see!