August 8, 2007

Appreciating What You Eat

As Britain's cattle suffer from foot-and-mouth disease I am reminded of how important it is to appreciate what you eat. Creatures that have given their life to feed you should not be wasted. It's not that I'm saying we shouldn't eat meat, fish and poultry but that we should only take as much as we are going to eat.

I've always been turned off by people who preach about what foods others should consume. It is very personal. But I am really beginning to appreciate that meals do not just show up on your plate from some mystery source.

Visiting the markets in the UK nothing is hidden from you as it is in the packaged products in the US. When you make a purchase it is often coming straight from the farmer. The energy, passion and resources that were invested are evident in the quality of the foods. The loss of these cattle are impacting real people and their livelihoods as opposed to giant corporations running factory farms.

Okay, back to your regularly scheduled news.