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Monday, January 27, 2014

Know Better, Do Better

My sister-in-law recently watched Hungry for Change on Netflix and was telling me that after seeing it, she had no idea what to even buy at the grocery store anymore because it opened her eyes to how scary our food supply really is. 

Who doesn't love a cute photo of Ewan at six months :-)

She got me thinking about my personal mantra that I have adopted. Know better, do better. I know people that are even remotely considered crunchy get a bad rap a lot of the time because they come across as sanctimonious at times and for the majority of us, our tendency to let others know about them. I, for example, have a tendency to let others know about birth and about food. The thing is though, a lot of us have taken the time to do our research into the things we do and have found that time and time again, they are proven to be better not only for ourselves, but for the environment in general.

Case in point. I remember when I was in England going to the grocery and seeing the tiny fruits and veggies in the produce. I was blown away to learn that those same fruits and veggies here in the US were ginormous because they were genetically modified and that GM foods were highly controversial in Europe. I came back to the States and did my own research because I was curious. This was in 2002. 

I have known for 12 years how GMOs and pesticides are not good for you, and have purchased the dirty dozen organically whenever I can ever since. But, it hasn't been until the last year or so that I've really realized how bad processed foods in general are for you. So now that I really do know better, I'm making every effort to do better. 

We're all trying to do what's best for our families, so once you know better, how can you at least not try to Do better?


  1. I know what you mean. I feel like I learn something new every day! I can't always do organic, but we have tried to do more of it when we can. Having the CSA certainly helps!

  2. I have a magnet on the fridge that lists the worst conventional produce and I buy that organic, pretty much everything else I buy conventional. Unless it comes from the CSA. I heart Seton! :-)

  3. I love our CSA too...and, of course, doing my own organic gardening...

  4. It is so hard when you have 5 kids and live on one income. I grow a garden, and cook a lot of our own food--and that's about all I do right now. But I love it when I hear of others doing more. Maybe laws will change banning some of this stuff with more awareness growing.

  5. Agreed. It can be really hard to find what's good and what's not. We know veggies are good for us...but then we're told only organic are good (I slightly disagree with that thinking...but I haven't done a lot of research into it). There is always something better though!

  6. I buy the dirty dozen organic and unless I get it from our CSA, the rest are conventional. I just don't have the money to buy completely organic. I also buy local meat and eggs, but I buy them in bulk mostly, which cuts down on the cost because it lasts so long. Since I mostly follow the Paleo diet, we don't have GMO's in our house anymore. It's hard but doable I think.

  7. We had intended on starting a garden last year, but time got away from us so all I managed was a few potted herbs. My husband knows that it's on for this year though! :-)

  8. It is hard, but I have found that buying in bulk and freezing/canning veggies or freezing meat has made it much moire affordable for us.

  9. I just saw an article the other day say that they are changing the food labels and that they will be "easier to read" which I think is awesome. I can't wait to see them.


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