Around here, we are food purists or at least we believe that should be the goal to avoid contamination. Our current model of consumerism and production lacks accountability, transparency and demand for the good stuff our bodies crave. It can be hard to navigate. Natural, grass-fed, organic, farm fresh, wild, what does it all mean?
The saying goes – you eat what it ate. We recommend you avoid all of the steroids, hormones, antibiotics, biocides (pesticide, herbicide, fungicide, etc), GMO crops like conventional corn, soy and grain and remember if it needs a nutrition label, it likely has preservatives.
How to Select Food for Health
Know The Source
Know the source and get to know your farmer/rancher.
Pasture Raised Poultry & Eggs
Locate organic, pasture raised, grass fed/finished beef, pork, poultry, eggs. Visit Eat Wild to find local farmers and ranchers raising animals humanely.
Sustainably Caught Fish
Choose Wild and sustainably caught fish. Check out Seafood Watch to help you identify preferred sources.
Choose local produce. Find a local farmer's market in your area.
Choose seasonal produce.
Organic produce whenever possible. Refer to the Environmental Working Group's (EWG's) Dirty Dozen and EWG’s Clean Fifteen to avoid the fruit and vegetables with highest pesticide residue. When it comes to food and produce, ingredients not listed as organic have almost certainly come into contact with gut destroying biocides, including glyphosate, classified as an antibiotic, and the active ingredient in the weed killer Round Up and Round Up ready trans-genic (GMO) seed. The end result is food that may look identical, but carries the consequences of these molecules and that produces food with fewer nutrients and destroys the soil ecosystem. For additional info, check out Only Organic
What you purchase matters
Until we create the demand, organic food will come with an upfront, premium price. The real cost will come later in the form of dysregulation, medical bills, doctor and pharmacy visits. Vote with our dollars and make organic farming more economically viable.