Above is a painting I created last week (for newlyweds Leigh and Phillip Adams). Its a little cooky and Dali-esque, but it makes me think…
What happened to good ‘ol American farms? If the earth has been used and abused to its capacity and we end up going to the WALL-E route to space — will we harvests chickens in the sky? Cows on the moon? Become vegetarians?
Food has always been a great interest of mine. Eating food. Cooking food. Growing food. Reading about food. Watching other people cook food. Even drawing food sometimes. Eating sustainably is a big concern of mine. I would like to think I currently eat sustainably, probably more than the average person, but I know there are many more changes in my diet that need to occur before I really am (goodbye eggo waffles)…
I am still struggling with my definition of sustainable foods — or if there is even one concise, definition.
Two things that I try to diet on are:
1. Locally grown produce, natural to your geography
2. Locally raised meat, natural to your geography
No mystery meats. No frozen veggies. No processed candies. No seafood in Atlanta. The list goes on …
It is extremely difficult to follow by these principles 100% of the time. I can’t live without processed candies! Anyone that knows me, knows that I have a gargantuan sweet tooth.
On the bright side, just think about it — if you ate all fresh, local vegetables, you would cut down on packaging waste from frozen veggie bags. Purchasing freshmeat from your butcher also reduces packaging (styrofoam and shrink wrap vs. a sheet of rolled up paper). Also, if you choose to eat meats that are indigineous to a certain area, you are experiencing the best that region has to offer! That is something I really enjoy about this diet; I appreciate food more when I travel. I went to Savannah last weekend and had a phenomenal blue crab cake that was without a doubt more delicious than any crab cake I would have had in Atlanta.
Thoughts on eating sustainably? Post them as a comment below!