Friday, May 14, 2010

Got it

I finally get it. I finally get those "crazy" people who buy a few acres of land in the middle of nowhere, build their house, plant their food, have a few animals that they will raise and use for milk and possibly meat. Some of them become quite extreme and this is where I veer off but I finally get this desire to go move to some plot of land not surrounded by suburbia where I can grow what I eat.

I think the internet is a wonderful tool and has helped us become so educated. We can research anything and get so much information. It's hard to say how accurate all the information is but it is right here at our fingertips.

The internet has provided me with tons of information about our food. I think I've become so dependent on my trust in government agencies that I hadn't put much thought into what I was putting into my mouth. I figured buying produce and meat at the grocery store is just fine and couldn't have dire consequences. Then I read this article and think WHY IS IT OKAY for these to be sold if they're warning us not to buy them unless they're organic?

So I get this desire to have property where I can plant and grow all my own produce. I would have the control in how my food was treated and not have to worry. I could have my own chicken coop where I could harvest my own eggs and know what my chickens ate. I could have cows whom I could milk and possibly slaughter eventually. I could make my own butter and cheese from the milk.

So much has changed since we started mass producing our food and as we get better educated it doesn't seem that it has changed for the better. So maybe one day I will be able to buy some property and have more control over my food. But as for now I need to be pickier and smarter about where and how I shop.