I agree with Wendell Berry when he says “that eating is an agricultural act.” When we go to the grocery store or farmers’ market, we’re not merely buying food for our families. Instead, we are supporting ideals and beliefs of agriculture through our choices and with our resources.
Yesterday, I shared about I think we need to ask the right questions of our food. And for me, one of those questions is: do we (those of us who don’t work in agriculture but eat) see ourselves as participants in our food system? And once we see ourselves as participants in our food system are we making choices that align with our values?
Today’s article provides a practical, simple answer when it comes to meat. The author doesn’t get into the terms associated with meat like free-range, grass-fed and organic. Instead, she proposes that we don’t solely consume the convenient parts of the animal we like (ground beef and boneless chicken breasts anyone?) and turn our nose up on the rest.
Questions for thought:
Do you consider yourself a consumer of food or a participant in agriculture? Why or why not?
How might you reduce food waste in your daily eating and shopping habits? I try to buy produce that’s discounted because it’s misshapen or wrinkly. And in my effort to embrace “nose-to-tail” eating, I’m branching out in my meat choices and choosing whole chickens and chicken thighs instead of boneless chicken breasts. One day, I might try organ meat. Bonus: My grocery budget thanks me for these choices.