I grew up with Mom telling me to eat up because there are starving children in China (don’t ask me how she knew these kids, Mom just knows!), but as I became a foodie and subsequently a cook I’ve developed a passion and a respect for food. I think it’s an injustice to waste food though sheer excess, uninformed cooking (asparagus should be crisp, darn it!), unsound farming practices, etc. In short, be mindful of what you are eating; animal or vegetable its a life and someone’s livelihood. This is something I’ve felt strongly about for a while, but when I read a resent post from This Messy Jesus Business it got me thinking again, especially about responsible farming and sustainability. We need to think locally, and consider the long term costs of our actions and the impact that we have on our global society.
Have you checked out your local farmer’s market? I discover new things there all the time, like a squash called a buttercup! Have you found anything new and interesting at the market?