Everyone wants to be healthy these days. But with all the hype, it’s hard to know what to do.
The labels abound: Non GMO, Organic, Naturally Grown, Clean Eating. What do these mean? How can you make an informed choice? What are we thinking at Five Feline Farm?
Let’s take the labels one at a time as we see it.
Non GMO (Genetically Modified Organism)
Scientists have genetically modified some of our food crops to enhance production. Corn and soybeans are primary cash crops in the Midwest. These have been modified to make them “Roundup Ready”.
What does that mean?
It means the plant is modified at the gene level in such a way that it can be sprayed with the herbicide Roundup and not be affected. Otherwise Roundup kills any plant matter it touches.
Not these corn and beans. These can survive being sprayed with this lethal poison.
Of course, Monsanto, the maker of Roundup would have us believe that the modifications and subsequent spraying are safe for human consumption.
It doesn’t stop with corn and soybeans. Many of our food crops also contain GMO’s.
Organic food has a special designation and oversight. There are strict standards that must be adhered to if one is going to label a food organic. This also comes at a cost. Organic food producers must meet these regulations and pay fees to label their food organic.
Organic simply means nothing artificial has been done to the seed, plant, soil, water, or fertilizer.
This is what we do at Five Feline Farm. We use non GMO seed. There are only natural (read compost) amendments to the soil. Any pesticides are house-made from natural ingredients.
We’re ok with misshapen fruits and vegetables.
Although not organic, we think it’s pretty close.
This seems to be a relatively new term. The most basic definition is to consume only whole foods that would have been recognized by the generation before World War II. Foods that are not processed from an unrelated substance. Ingredients that can be read and pronounced by a middle schooler.
Prior to WW II and the dawn of the information age, life moved at a slower pace. Families took time to come together over a meal and share their day. People in rural areas grew a lot of their own food, “putting it up” or “putting it by” to get through the cold winter months. City folks shopped at local grocers. Large multi-line stores were non-existent.
People ate local food in that era. Perishable foods would not make the long journey across country or continents. Anything that was shipped a distance was cost prohibitive for the average consumer.
We are into modern retro-food.
Yes, it’s a new term we just made up. Taking advantage of new cooking techniques and the occasional long distance food, most of what we eat is local. Whole foods that Grandma would know. Nothing we can’t pronounce.
We grow and preserve as much as possible here on the Farm. What we do buy gets a thorough label examination. Looking for ingredients we can pronounce or resembles a food more than a lab ingredient. The fewer ingredients the better.
We aren’t perfect in this effort. But each meal and each purchase is an opportunity to make a good decision. In the end we feel better, physically and emotionally.
Join us in this effort to make better food decisions. Take one meal, one food, one day. Whatever works for you.
Eat a whole food. Read labels.
Make one food choice that is closer to the way Grandma used to eat.