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    Organic?
    Local?
    Slow?
    Fresh?
    Vegetarian?
    Vegan?
    Sustainable?
    non GMO?
    Humanely raised and slaughtered?
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    Admittedly, I pay little attention to those factors.
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    We buy British grown or raised when we can. Humanely raised and slaughtered is now so important that it is enshrined in out laws.
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    I don't pay much attention either. I do try to use the local butcher as the meat is local and is very good. I don't do organic much. My daughter did a science fair project a couple of years ago on organic fruits. There are still chemicals on them, just not as much. Which probably means they're grown in field right next to the non-organic and get some drift.

    I know a couple of local beef growers and can easily get my hands on some "boutique" meat. But with the kids out of the house, there's no reason to have a quarter in the freezer.

    I buy what fruits and veggies are in season too. Corn has been 6 ears/$1 lately, so it's definitely local and tastes great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pkrone View Post
    I buy what fruits and veggies are in season too. Corn has been 6 ears/$1 lately, so it's definitely local and tastes great.
    The fresh corn has been great here, as well.... but it isn't local; it's been coming from Georgia

    (Local corn doesn't appear until late July, at the earliest, up here)
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    No vegetarian and no vegan, but emphatically yes to all the rest.

    With very few exceptions, I could tell you the name of the person who grew and picked my food, and show you right where it grew.

    I am way more concerned with what I put into my body than any decorations for the outside.

    That said, my food bills are quite reasonable. It costs us less now than when we shopped the gross-ery and there were only three of us.

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    Locally grown and fresh when we can, which typically means organic by coincidence. Heritage varieties of food pops up at our local farmer's markets and farm stands regularly.

    If you really think about food stock, I think there is very little that isn't GMO by terms of selective breeding and hybridization. In most instances, I think you'd be hard-pressed to avoid them.

    We do what we can to avoid heavily processed foods. While they tend to be cheap, they don't tend to be healthy.

    Vegetarian? Sometimes. Vegan? Sometimes. No particular effort to be so regularly. All things in moderation, however.

    As with Nick, humanely raised and slaughtered was written into law here.
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    I try to eat organic, and I try to eat local as the food tastes better. But am I a fetishist about it? No, although I do agree with Dr. Barry Spears that " food is the most important drug you can put into your body ".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Canoez View Post
    As with Nick, humanely raised and slaughtered was written into law here.
    where is here?
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    Why, here is there Paul, don'cha know? ;-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by amish rob View Post
    I am way more concerned with what I put into my body than any decorations for the outside.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Peerie Maa View Post
    Yep, we have seen the photo.
    Seriously the hardest laugh I've had in a while. It took half a tick, until I remembered my picture.

    I picked a GOOD one to share, too. Hehehe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gerarddm View Post
    Why, here is there Paul, don'cha know? ;-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by pkrone View Post
    I don't pay much attention either. I do try to use the local butcher as the meat is local and is very good. I don't do organic much. My daughter did a science fair project a couple of years ago on organic fruits. There are still chemicals on them, just not as much. Which probably means they're grown in field right next to the non-organic and get some drift.

    I know a couple of local beef growers and can easily get my hands on some "boutique" meat. But with the kids out of the house, there's no reason to have a quarter in the freezer.

    I buy what fruits and veggies are in season too. Corn has been 6 ears/$1 lately, so it's definitely local and tastes great.
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    Unless I get an elk this year my only meat supply for 2017/18 is oinking on the the other side of the shop wall. I have been calling them fat pigs while checking the water so it may not be that humane.

    The Otter and I have also switched over to cruelty free toilet items, locally made soap, Toms toothpaste and the like, and she has been sourcing her make up to be cruelty free.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oznabrag View Post
    HEB rocks SO HARD.
    I know what that is, now!

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    Mostly vegetarian, though Herself and I diverge a bit from our progeny. The meat, except if eating in a restaurant, is locally raised in conditions we approve, and slaughtered as humanely as allowed by our public health laws.

    More of our veggies etc. come from places other than local farms though - and aren't reliably organic. Cost/benefit ratio applies, for all that we'd like to be able to fully go the local producer route.
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    I really am incredibly fortunate in where I live because of food. Really.
    I live in one of the top ag areas in the world.
    There are nine kinds of peaches on my street!

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    Organic, weekly farmer's market. We buy sandwich bread that came from a factory, but that's the only processed food. Bake our own treats.
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    If given the choice... humanley raised and locally sourced makes a difference to me. There is a certain proudness that I feel when food tasted great and comes from individuals I know. I likening it to growing ones own tomatoes in the yard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by amish rob View Post
    I really am incredibly fortunate in where I live because of food. Really.
    I live in one of the top ag areas in the world.
    There are nine kinds of peaches on my street!

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    I hear you. Probably one of the biggest things we miss about living in the Sacramento area was when you could get a whole sack (!) of artichokes for a dollar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amish rob View Post
    I know what that is, now!

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    Some guy drove in from Idaho, or somewhere, and when he got to the house where he was going to stay, he realized he had packed his toothbrush deep within the truck.

    He asked his hostess where he could go buy a toothbrush, and she told him there was an Itchy Bee right down the street.

    He drove around for an hour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oznabrag View Post
    Our local NPR station has a series of promos that consist of people relating their humorous first experiences in Austin.

    Some guy drove in from Idaho, or somewhere, and when he got to the house where he was going to stay, he realized he had packed his toothbrush deep within the truck.

    He asked his hostess where he could go buy a toothbrush, and she told him there was an Itchy Bee right down the street.

    He drove around for an hour.

    See, I know this isn't true. Or, you just omitted the "y'all" because y'all don't hear it. Oldest Son got the BIGGEST kick out of the soft Texas y'all the ladies have a way of dropping on you so casually during conversation.

    Well, the men, too, but he was more interested in the ladies, being as he is a young man. Poor kid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amish rob View Post
    See, I know this isn't true. Or, you just omitted the "y'all" because y'all don't hear it. Oldest Son got the BIGGEST kick out of the soft Texas y'all the ladies have a way of dropping on you so casually during conversation.

    Well, the men, too, but he was more interested in the ladies, being as he is a young man. Poor kid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    Organic?
    Local?
    Slow?
    Fresh?
    Vegetarian?
    Vegan?
    Sustainable?
    non GMO?
    Humanely raised and slaughtered?

    "Foraged" is another category you might have included. Mushrooms, greens, abandoned fruit trees in the forest left over from the mining days, including pears, apples and plums...

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    At the store yesterday, wild caught swordfish (Atlantic - US) was the same price as Tilapia from China.

    That was a really tough choice!

    In season, we buy mostly local stuff - out of season it gets tougher. I miss raising my own pigs - best pork ever + I knew what went in & also that they were done in very humanely.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Garret View Post
    At the store yesterday, wild caught swordfish (Atlantic - US) was the same price as Tilapia from China.
    fish farming, both domestically and internationally, tends to be hugely unsustainable, which is terribly pathetic because it doesn't have to be so. . .

    of course many types of commercial fishing practices are ridiculously and disgustingly damaging to the environment
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    fish farming, both domestically and internationally, tends to be hugely unsustainable, which is terribly pathetic because it doesn't have to be so. . .
    You read Four Fish?

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    Quote Originally Posted by amish rob View Post
    You read Four Fish?

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    not yet, i've been meaning to do so
    will probably start in on the audio book version this afternoon now that you've brought it back to the top of my reading list
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    fish farming, both domestically and internationally, tends to be hugely unsustainable, which is terribly pathetic because it doesn't have to be so. . .

    of course many types of commercial fishing practices are ridiculously and disgustingly damaging to the environment
    Completely agree. Swordfish (as I understand it) is only longlined - so relatively benign. As an aside, when I was a kid we ate swordfish at least once a week as it was cheaper than chicken!

    re: farming - it is sad. As you say, it could be done right, but seldom is.
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    Lots of by-catch on a long line. At least it doesn't rip up the bottom the way a trawl does.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    fish farming, both domestically and internationally, tends to be hugely unsustainable, which is terribly pathetic because it doesn't have to be so. . .

    of course many types of commercial fishing practices are ridiculously and disgustingly damaging to the environment
    Well, yes. I worked for a business for about a year that was developing a recirculating aquaculture/hydroponics facility and I was doing facility design. The whole thing was a closed-loop system powered by an on-site co-gen facility that generated electricity and hot water to heat the place. The end products were Tilapia, hydroponically-grown fruits, vegetables and herbs, and fish manure which was composted and sold to local farmers to fertilize crops. The fish were fed a commercial "pellet", so in terms of energy input and the food sourcing, it really wasn't a "sustainable" business. Environmentally, it was reasonably friendly, but in terms of input to output, there were questions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by robm View Post
    Lots of by-catch on a long line. At least it doesn't rip up the bottom the way a trawl does.
    True - but my understanding is that a large # of the by-catch get sold too. Maybe wishful thinking on my part...
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    food is medicine, medicine is food
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    Thought about this last night as I ran to Sprouts to pick up dinner. Sprouts is kinda a hybrid of Whole Foods and Trader Joe's. Almost everything is organic, fair trade, or locally sourced. They have there own butcher with a lot of attention to organic non GMO grass fed. They even sell raw milk. Prices are very reasonable and it feels good to shop there. Staff is super helpful, since I shop "ala Minute" for the meal of the day I'm in there at least once a day, so they direct me to what's new and fresh. We never eat processed or fast food. So last night I picked up a couple of organic tomatoes, organic chicken cutlets, some asparagus, a couple of shallots, Kerry Gold Butter, some local lemmons, a bottle of crisp sav Blanc from New Zealand. Dinner for two $30
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