Updated: Feb 18
Part IV: I’m just one person – what can I do about it?
So we’ve learned what grass fed means in general, and we’ve learned what the label means, and by now, you might be more confused than ever. You might be thinking, “I’m just one household, one consumer, one meal, one plate – this problem seems above me – what can I do about it?”
There are people that believe that change happens from the top down, and some that feel like it happens from the bottom up. I believe we can do both.
So, first – as hopeless as it feels, you can write your representatives in congress, you can speak up, and tell them how you feel and why this is an important issue to you. Remind them that you write their paychecks, and remind them who got them into that office in the first place.
Honestly, I don’t know if they’ll listen to you, or to me, but if all of us start screaming about this problem…yeah, they will take notice. Why? Because EVERYBODY eats.
And whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, or omnivorous – and we don’t always get along – we can all agree that factory farmed food is a problem.
And secondly, recognize that you DO have a choice in the matter. I’ve heard a lot of reasons, but at the end of the day, nobody is forcing anyone to buy that cheap hamburger beef at the grocery store. And at the end of the day, we DO have one of the freest economies in the world, meaning that if people didn’t buy it, stores wouldn’t sell it.
Like I mentioned in my previous blog “Why we chose not to go ‘Organic’”, we feel like part of our message is that getting to know your farmer is more important than a label.
But even if that’s not possible for you, there are a number of entities out there whose mission is to ensure the highest quality foods on the marketplace. Such as the Global Animal Partnership.
Choose to look for entities that are impartial and reputable in the marketplace, and choose to purchase foods that have those labels and are up to your standards – you might be surprised at how low some of the ‘high end’ foods at some of those swanky grocery stores are on this spectrum.
I’ve heard a frustration from people that have shopped at those stores that good food is priced so far out of reach.
For this one, frankly, I’ve made some observations over the last several years, and I do call “Bull”. In many cases it’s actually more affordable to purchase directly from the farmer than at a swanky chain – and can be more affordable to eat well than eating out fast food.
Sure, it’s more expensive than discount meat but look – without getting into a debate about who can afford what in today’s society, let me just put my world view out there…
When you say “I don’t have time for that” – all you’re really saying is that you would rather use your time on something else. When you say you can’t afford something – all you’re really saying is that you’d rather spend your money on something else.
And if you don’t value quality food over a new iPhone, or a $100 pair of jeans – that’s honestly okay. I’m not mad at you. I’m not judging you. I am, frankly, too busy doing me to care.
But I do value my food, and I know a number of other people that do as well – so I’m here to help those people figure out how to make it work.
There are a number of ways to cook using the whole animal, and to feed even a large family on a budget. Yes, it might take a little more work to learn, but you most certainly can feed a family on quality foods.
We will get into this more in coming blogs as we begin to share with you our favorite recipes for e.v.er.y. s.i.n.g.l.e. c.u.t. we offer – and not just one preparation – we’ll share my favorite, Hubster’s favorite, and a customer favorite.
So, you are just one person, one consumer, one family, one plate… what can you do about it?
Is actually much simpler than you think…