I love food.
What I don’t love is the cost associated with it.
I don’t mean the actual price you pay, though that can be outrageous too…
I’m talking about the environmental cost of transporting our food from our farms to our plates, not to mention the processing plants in between.
Then there’s the whole, pesticideswillkillmewhattheheckisinyourfertilizer debacle, so of course we’re headed for the organic section.
But that happens to cost more than my five minimum wage college jobs can afford. (Which brings us to the monetary price issue all over again.)
So what I really need is locally grown organic food that I can pick up by bicycle on a regular basis that grows in season and provides for all of my nutritional needs (macros, minerals, nutrients, the works) where the farmers and farm hands are fairly paid and not exposed to chemicals that will damage their health and future and don’t have to pay crazy prices just to get the fancy “organic label” but also I want that label because pesticides are bad *gasps for air* is that a GMO seed because I don’t like those and could you make this affordable to people working for minimum wage and what about the fact that it’s the middle of winter and I’m sick of root vegetables how are you growing your tomatoes now what is the electricity bill for that and is your greenhouse using renewable energy and compost and water cycling and and and and and and
(BREATH MARLEY BREATH)
Eating just got so freaking complicated.
Then there’s this whole issue (I was going to rant about it but I love him and his accent is oh so perfect, so I’ll let him do it for me, lucky you!)
So no of course I’m feeling guilty about everything I have ever and will ever consume and I really just want one of those mallow pumpkins right now even though it contains pretty much everything I just said I’m against.
(Admit it, you want one too.)
And then I realize I really need to get my life together.
And if a baby in a tux thinks so too, then it must be true.
I’ve been eating vegetarian breakfast and lunch and vegan dinners and balancing (or trying really gosh darn hard) to balance my protein with my fruits and veggies and carbs so that has to count for something right?!
AKA I’m overwhelmed HELP
So I took a deep breath (Read: Went for a long run and then did some yoga, which did technically require deep breathing so it wasn’t a total lie.) and decided I’d start small.
- Our bananas here are from Cobana, a company that grows in Ecuador, Colombia and Central America (it doesn’t specify where specifically), and then sends the bananas to Germany for ripening. AND THEN they’re sent to Iceland for purchase. It was bad enough that they were grown so far away to begin with, but that they then had to be shipped somewhere else for ripening?! That means my banana has traveled around 8000 miles to get from the banana tree to my breakfast bowl.THAT’S SO MUCH CARBON BEING RELEASED INTO THE ATMOSPHERE JUST SO I CAN EAT A BANANA. And it hardly sounds efficient. I will not be eating bananas this week.
- Our bread, while made here from amazing ingredients that produce a delectable product, will also be off my dining menu for the week. Why? Back home I eat almost no bread. It doesn’t fill me up, and I don’t crave it (normally…because I do love to bake it from scratch and enjoy a warm piece of homemade sourdough with butter every once in a cold winter while). So why have I been having toast when I’m hungry instead of yogurt? Good question. I don’t know. Ease of access? (Wow, the fridge vs. the counter, eaten with my hands vs. in a reusable glass jar with a spoon, I now sound really lazy.) No bread this week. (Please don’t mistake that for no carbs, I don’t practice a no carb diet, and am not advocating for it here. I’m just saying mind your hunger pains and eat foods that will really fill you. I just had pasta with veggies for dinner and it was delicious and my tummy is full and happy. But I didn’t eat bread on the side.)
Okay so now that I’ve calmed my own mental storm, it’s time for seven million cups of tea, my fuzzy socks and I to curl up with The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan so that I can learn about more things to rant about for you!!!
Anyone want to go bananas by not eating bananas with me?
Love and hugs from across the ocean❤
(Also really missing apple season right now, the ones here…yeah, let’s not talk about it.)
Live, laugh, love, bake,
Marley and Tea
P.S. Always give in to your wanderlust.