Does you food tell you that it is real?
We have been working towards a sustainable lifestyle, but we are far from it. As such, a lot of our diet still includes store bought prepackaged foods. Tonight, something struck me.
You have seen it a hundred times. If you, too, are still using store bought foods, you may even gravitate towards the foods that have such labels. You know what I am talking about:
Doesn’t that just sound wonderful? Don’t we all want our foods to be real? I certainly do – for myself and my family.
Specifically, our supper tonight was spaghetti. The tomato sauce I used was proud to exclaim “All Natural” on the label. All Natural tomato sauce, how lucky for us!
To add to the wonderful healthiness of our meal, can you guess what the garlic bread said? That’s right: “Made with Real Garlic!” Hallelujah! … oh good grief.
Is this what we have come down to? In all the hub-bub of trying to worry about labeling for GMO’s, rBGH, and so on, the labeling we end up getting is something to tell us what in our food, if anything, is real.
Doesn’t that speak volumes to you? Of all the ingredients required to make garlic bread that is shipped around the world what do we get? Real Garlic. I suppose we are left to guess how the rest of it was made, or where it came from.
Homesteading with a Purpose:
When we bought 7 acres of land away from the city we knew we wanted room to stretch and to enjoy the quiet life of the country. We wanted enough room for horses, etc.
Our desires have changed slightly over the years we have been here. Now we have 5 children, and that is a good number of mouths to feed. Our focus changed to providing food for our children.
After all, we have heard the horror stories of how much teenagers can eat… and our oldest is 10.
These days we are looking towards organic growing, sustainability and permaculture. We do not just want to grow food, but a lot of it, and in what we feel is the healthiest and most sustainable way.
Seeing these labels has reinforced why we are trying to do what we are doing. We don’t want labeling to tell us what small part of our dinner is real or all natural… we want all of it to be.
We have made our start. Our garden is growing and we have enjoyed peas, tomatoes, strawberries, lettuce and cucumber this year. Squash, cantaloupe, watermelon, cowpeas and okra are on their way. And you know what? I know EXACTLY what is in them.
Have you ever caught yourself drawn toward one packaged food over another because it touted it was All Natural, or some such thing? Perhaps it is time we all start to realize that we do not need to know what little in our food is real, but that ALL of it is.
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