Many moons ago, in the DLFAH days I made a good group of friends, many of whom were or are vegetarian / vegan, and they certainly managed to open my eyes to the world of commercial animal farming.
It’s well over 2 years ago now since the OH and I gave up meat and we are now working hard to cut out both fish and dairy too.
Then, as you read more you realise that almost everything we buy is “messed” with in some way or another, even our beloved fruits and vegetables. Financial gains and economies of scale (there’s the economist in me) force more and more farmers to produce on industrial scales, and it isn’t sitting well with us.
Sometimes it feels like we are fighting a losing battle.
Take artichokes for example…
…no, PLEASE, REALLY, take them!
We are often surrounded by the things as where we live now is a heavy crop farming area, mainly courgettes, potatoes, onions, melons, lettuces and yes artichokes, and most are destined for the UK supermarkets.
Well may I suggest you ensure that you read the labels on the packaging of your fruit and veggies and wash them before eating, because believe me if you could see what gets sprayed on them, and over the ground you’d be surprised.
Or maybe you wouldn’t?
Some people I know prefer not to “think” about their food with the belief of what they don’t know can’t hurt them and there are times I can relate to that.
This is the industrial veggie farming nation, and the speed at which some of these crops grow with the help of fertilisers and insecticides does make me question their nutritional value…
…though you can’t seem to force grow a lettuce, they are a definite tortoise of the vegetable world.
Changes can’t be made overnight.
We know we are going to fall and make mistakes along the way and we are no martyrs to a cause, we will never pretend to be, so we are trying to make lots of small changes in our day to day life. Less meat, less plastic, more natural products.
Collectively we can make a difference.
I’m sure of it.